UPDATE — 3:25 p.m. Mayor Capodice has put out a second update from JCP&L, showing 5,819 customers in Springfield without power.
SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Springfield Township and its residents began to survey the damage Tuesday afternoon as Tropical Storm Isaias left the area.
As part of the cleanup efforts, Springfield mayor Chris Capodice announced a state of emergency at 3:00 p.m., which he said would be used to help first responders clear the roadways and avoid obstructions from passing commuter vehicles.
I have declared a State of Emergency in the Township of Springfield.
Traveling is restricted to essential personnel and necessary travel ONLY.
The Police Department has the specific authority to remove any vehicles impeding the path of emergency traffic, close and/or redirect traffic on streets.
Residents are strongly urged to remain in a safe and secure place during this period of time.
We also have been in contact with our local JCP&L representative and all close to the entire town is without power. Additionally, there are several trees down on major roadways and secondary streets as well as several instances of structural damage.
We will be concentrating our immediate efforts to restore power for emergency services and clear major roadways for passing of emergency vehicles. We will update again when we have more information.
The area remained under a tornado watch until 4 p.m. Tuesday. Isaias was moving rapidly from south to north through the state, bringing with it wind gusts as high as close to 75 mph.
Later yesterday evening, Capodice put out a statement on his Facebook page and elsewhere, noting that it may take several days before power is fully restored.