(Updated 5:52 p.m. with information about Caldwell School Closure)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ — A downed power line and pole near the intersection of Morris Avenue and Caldwell Place brought first responders and township officials to the scene Wednesday evening in Springfield.
According to Springfield Mayor Chris Capodice, who was at the scene, and corresponded with TAPinto Springfield on the details, at approximately 8:00 p.m., a utility pole inside the Gomes project construction site shifted onto Caldwell Place. There were no injuries as a result of the pole shifting.
"Caldwell place is restricted to local traffic only from North Trivett," Capodice said. "To repair the pole power must be interrupted, [and the] pole must reinstalled and reconfigured on site. This will require power interruptions to the Caldwell/Salter area of town. We will provide updates as they become available."
As of early Wednesday evening, power was not expected to be immediately restored to the section hit by the loss of the pole.
Thursday afternoon, James Caldwell School Principal David Rennie sent out. voicemail to parents informing them that as a result of the downed power line, hybrid schooling at Caldwell would be temporarily interupted through the end of the school week, with lessons going all virtual. The full text of the message is as follows;
"Dear Caldwell families. Due to the ongoing work to rectify the damaged utility pole on Caldwell Place Caldwell School will operate on a virtual only basis again tomorrow Friday October 30. I will provide additional updates as they become available. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Dave Rennie"