SPARTA, NJ –As of 3:30 a.m. Sparta Police report these updated road conditions:

  • Woodport Road is closed near 235 with detours. 
  • Traffic lights remain out on Woodport Road at the intersections of Pine Cone and East Mountain.  There are temporary stop signs in place. 
  • East Shore Trail near Columbus is closed and impassable. 
  • Sparta Avenue near Commons with detours but it is not passable for tractor trailers.. JCP&L was on the scene at 3:30 a.m. 
  • East Mountain Road is closed near Morningstar with no detours. 
  • Summit Trail at the top of Summit Road is closed with no way around.  Wires and trees are involved. 
  • Columbus, Hilltop, Hillspring are closed with downed trees and wires. 
  • The top of Alpine is closed.   
  • The traffic signal is out at Sparta Avenue and Andover Road.  Officers are at 235 Woodport Road and Andover Road intersections.  

Police report many other roads have tree and wire issues. 

Sparta schools are closed Wednesday, May 16

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JCP&L has updated their statistics.  As of 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, 5542 customers in Sparta are without power. That is 64 percent of the township. 

Severe storms with wind, rain, thunder and lighting blew through Sparta taking down trees and knocking out power all over town.

Sparta schools will follow a delayed opening schedule on Wednesday, May 16.  School will start:

  • Sparta High School: 9:15 a.m.
  • Sparta Middle School: 9:40 a.m.
  • Mohawk Avenue School: 10:50 a.m.
  • Helen Morgan School: 11 a.m.
  • Alpine Elementary School: Full Day Kindergarten, grade 1 and 2- 11:10 a.m.

                                                 Pre-K morning session – 11:10 a.m. to 12:55 p.m.

                                                 Pre-K afternoon session – 2 to 3:45 p.m.

As on 8:28 p.m. JCP&L reported 5800 Spartan customers were affected by power loss.  That equates to 67 percent.

Sparta Police report the following roads have downed wires:

  • East Shore Trail near Columbus,
  • East Mountain Road near Morningstar,
  • Alpine Trail near Summit Road,
  • Sparta Avenue near Memory- down to one lane with a detour,
  • Stanhope Road with two sections down to one lane,
  • Columbus Road two sections down to one lane,
  • Columbus Road, Hilltop Trail, Hillspring area – large sections of wires and trees down,
  • Cherry Tree Lane,
  • Glen Lake Road

Sparta Police report closed roads:

  • East Mountain near Morningstar,
  • Low section of Springbrook,
  • Cherry Tree Lane,
  • Windy Bush Lane,
  • Cedar Tree Lane,
  • Summit and Alpine – only access to Alpine section is through Summit Road

Sparta Police “encourage residents to stay inside this evening,” because so many trees and powerlines are down.  They remind residents to stay away from downed wires.  Additional police, dispatchers and DPW employees are on duty to cope with the aftermath of the storm.

The GO2Center at Sparta Police Department headquarters is open for residents needing to charge devices.  They request you check in with the dispatch center if you are using the center.

A representative from JCP&L said crews are currently assessing the damage.  They are prioritizing clean-up and repair to "critical customers and getting roads opened." Sparta police request residents report downed wires to JCP&L  (888) 544-4877 or Sparta Police Department 973-729-6121.  For emergencies call 911.

JCP&L reports seven substations are involved with 13 damaged circuits.  They report 4071 utility poles involved affecting 130 miles of distribution lines. 

In Sussex County 23,57 JCP&L customers are affected accounting for 40.87 percent.

The Sparta High School Orchestra concert had to be postponed because of the storm.

This story will be updated as new information is available.