WEST ORANGE, NJ - Some areas and neighborhoods of West Orange remain without power. Areas of St. Cloud, Gregory, and areas near West Orange High School remain without power. The township has been advised by PSEG that they are working around the clock to restore power, and many residents are saying that they are being told that they should have power by Tuesday or Wednesday. For those residents, however, frustration continues to grow.
Here is the information provided on the Westorange.org town website for today:
Hurricane Sandy Update: Sunday, November 4, 2012 – 5PM
All WO Pharmacies are OPEN!
West Orange remains under a limited state of emergency and a mandatory curfew will remain in effect from 6PM to 6AM until further notice. For your safety, we ask that residents remain at home or in secure locations in town and not to walk or roam our streets over the next several days.
Though many homes and businesses have had power restored, we are aware of streets that are still without power and have been touring these areas of town with PSE&G to make sure they know exactly where these neighborhoods and streets are located. PSE&G assures us that they will continue to work all night and day until power is restored to the entire Township.
Many gas stations in town are now open. However, due to limited power and resources all gas stations in town will shut down at 6PM and will reopen at 6AM until further notice. Police ask that you do not arrive earlier than 6AM to park and leave your cars in line or you will be ticketed and towed. Police will form an orderly line beginning at 6AM. This is a temporary mandate put into effect for the public’s safety.
For those celebrating Halloween on Monday, please exercise caution when trick-or-treating. The Township has set up a FREE Halloween Movie Marathon & Dinner on Monday from 1PM to 3PM at Liberty Middle School. All residents are welcome.
Most of the polling stations for voting in town have power and will be open for Election Day on Tuesday. We will keep residents updated if any polling places need to be moved to a different location. Residents should plan on voting at their normal polling location.The Essex County Clerk's Office will operate extended hours, so that voters may collect a vote-by-mail ballot and submit it without going to the polls. We will provide additional updates about voting and polling places tomorrow. Please visit our website at www.westorange.org for more information.
A shelter remains open for West Orange residents only at Liberty Middle School, located at 1 Kelly Drive. Bring blankets, prescriptions and any personal needs. Please do not bring pets. The facility will stay open until further notice.
Regularly scheduled Garbage Collection and Recycling has resumed and the Township’s Recycling Center, located at 590 Mt. Pleasant Avenue, is open from 7:30AM to 4:30PM daily.
As the cleanup continues, residents can place storm-related debris in front of their homes, but it must be separated from leaves. The Township will not pick up stumps, tree trunks or whole trees.
West Orange public schools will be closed Monday, November 5th.
Commuter Jitney shuttle service to the train station is suspended until further notice.
WO gas stations that have gas as of Sunday at 9AM:
Citgo,13 Northfield Ave.
BP, 83 Main Street will open at 10am
Exxon, 270 Prospect Avenue at Eagle Rock Avenue
Exxon, Corner of Pleasant Valley Way and Mt. Pleasant Avenue
Getty, 585 Northfield Ave. (across from Codey Arena)
*FEMA TRANSITIONAL SHELTERING ASSISTANCE ACTIVATED FOR NEW JERSEY AND NEW YORK SURVIVORS OF HURRICANE SANDY
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), at the request of New Jersey and New York, has activated its Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program. This program allows eligible survivors who are in shelters and cannot return to their homes due to damages caused by Hurricane Sandy to stay in participating hotels or motels until more suitable housing accommodations are available.
http://www.fema.gov/., Additionally, even/odd fill up day rationing remains in effect. Cars with license plates, the last number ending in an odd number, can fill up on odd days. Cars with license plates, the last number ending in an even number, can fill up on even days. Cars with no numbers on their license plates can fill up on odd days. According to town residents today, the gas lines were improving
Please visit the town website for additional additional information.