NUTLEY, NJ - The thunderstorms that rolled through Nutley on May 15 left a trail of downed trees, damaged cars, and power outages to part of the township.

On Gonnelli Street , Emergency responders arrived to the area during the storm after tree limbs that fell from a nearby tree causing damage to three vehicles parked there. he fallen tree limb caused damage to the front end of the first vehicle and broke the passenger side mirror off the frame.  The second vehicle had a fallen tree limb land on the roof causing it to collapse and break the back windshield.  The third vehicle had a tree limb fall on the roof and front end of the car and causing the front windshield to crack.  Insurance information was gathered for all three vehicles and everyone was advised on how to obtain a copy of the reports for their records.

On Highfield Lane, Nutley Fire and Police responded to the area regarding a large tree limb that fell on the front property of a residence, and a parked vehicle in the roadway.  The limb also pulled multiple utility wires down onto the ground, a parked vehicle, and the roadway.  The wires were found to be live and the area was taped off due to it being unsafe.  The Nutley Police Department posted an officer on the scene for traffic control.  The residents were advised of the situation and advised to remain in their homes for safety precautions.  The homeowner and vehicle owner were advised of how to obtain a copy of the report for their records. 

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On Brookfield Avenue, a tree limb fell in the area causing damage to the front end of the homeowner’s Honda, gutter, and several pavers located on the front lawn.  The victim was advised to contact their homeowner’s insurance and their responsibility for the removal of the limb. 

On North Road, Nutley Fire and Police responded to a home and observed a large limb took down numerous wires from the home, the wires were live and unable to be moved until PSE&G responded.  The siding of the residence was damaged and the electric was off.  The neighbor’s home experienced some damage to their siding and the electrical service box was ripped slightly off the siding.  Their power was never lost.  The area was taped off for safety purposes.

A fallen tree from Alexander Avenue felt onto property on Stanley Ave. It caused damage to the fencing of two neighboring properties.  The estimated damage was approximately $500 for one party and $5,000 for the other.  Both victims filed a report for documentation purposes. 

Also on Alexander Avenue, a tree fell on a house piercing through the roof causing water to enter the home.  An unknown the amount of damage that was caused. The family turned to power off to the home and vacated the premises.  Nutley Code Enforcement was notified by the Nutley Police Department. 

Two homes on High Street suffered external damage from a backyard neighboring tree that fell during the severe thunderstorm.  The tree fell through the fence, crushed two cars, a section of fence and a lawnmower. The second home received damage to their fence, moved their shed, and destroyed an ornamental tree.  Due to the severity of the storm contact could not be made with the backyard neighbor at the time. 

While traveling south on Passaic Avenue during the severe weather, a large tree limb struck a vehicle causing damage to the roof, windshield and hood.  The tree appeared to be Township owned according to police.

Police and fire units responded to reports of a tree down on New Street. where a large tree fell from the curb line onto the top of the home.  The tree also took down multiple power lines and snapped the utility pole at the corner of New St. and Speer Pl. causing power outages in the area. Contact was able to be made with the homeowner who was advised to shelter in place while FD and Police evaluated the scene.  The home was deemed structurally sound by the Nutley Fire Department and the residents were advised to stay inside or make arrangements to stay with family until power was restored.  The entire area was cordoned off and Nutley Police Department officers remained on scene until PSE&G arrived on scene and began restoration procedures. 

In the Spring Garden section a property owner stated a tree limb from across the street struck their house causing visible damage to a section of rain gutter and their stockade fence.  The tree came across School Lane and appears to be a town of Nutley tree. No further information at this time.


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