Thousands Without Power in Hasbrouck Heights Area
Continuous updates on what is happening in town as Hurricane Sandy rips through the area.
UPDATE 10:30 p.m. Power outages continued to be reported Monday evening as the winds from Hurricane Sandy ripped through the borough taking out power lines and trees all over the area.
Throughout the course of Monday evening Patch compiled a list from reports of outages all over Hasbrouck Heights. Patch will continue to update the list as more outages are reported and will update once power is returned:
- Roosevelt Avenue
- parts of the Boulevard
- Harrison Avenue
- Oldfield Avenue
- Ottawa Avenue
- Macarthur Avenue
- Henry and Raymond
- Lincoln Avenue
- Bell between Burton and Blvd
- 200 block of Kipp Avenue
- Lawrence Avenue
- part of Madison Avenue
- Stanley Avenue
- Hamilton between Burton and Boulevard
- Part of Franklin Avenue
- Part of Division
-Part of Coolidge
Some readers also reported outages of street lights along parts of the Boulevard.
PSE&G reports about 12,000 customers are without power in Bergen County, and about 370,000 state-wide. PSE&G reports it could take days or up to a week for power to be returned.
Monday night PSE&G announced service repair work would continue Tuesday morning pulling crews off during the night as wind gusts are expected to intensify during the night.
Throughout Monday night there were multiple reports of trees falling onto homes. Heights residents can expect road closures around town Tuesday due to fallen trees and limbs.
Schools remain closed on Tuesday. Offices and most businesses, especially those that may be wthout power, are expected to be closed.
Police remind residents to not go near any live wires and to report it to the police department who will contact PSE&G. Call the police at 201-288-1000.
Update -3:40 P.M. - Winds are picking up creating a potentially dangerous situation out on the roads in Hasbrouck Heights as a patio shed rooftop blew from the yard of a Central Avenue house into a utility pole on the Boulevard in front of Costa Funeral Home.
Police and fire department workers were on the scene. No one was injured said Police Chief Michael Colaneri. The patio was wrapped around the pole and the chief said it was touching live wires.
Parts of the broken patio were also strewn about the Boulevard. Some pieces were seen across the street near Central Avenue parking lot.
Tree branches are beginning to come down all over the town. One tree was completely split on the Boulevard by Hamilton Avenue.
Stay tuned for more updates.
UPDATE 1:30 p.m. - Columbus Avenue has been reopened after PSE&G repaired a downed wire and Heights police and DPW cleared a downed tree branch blocking the roadway.
Some eateries and food markets were still open by early afternoon including Shadow Mart which told Patch they would be open til about 2 p.m. Lovey's Pizza was now open as well.
Monday morning several Hasbrouck Heights stores were open as well as Borough Hall.
Borough Administrator Mike Kronyak says the borough offices should remain open til about 12 or so, about a half day. The DPW is out on the roads and garbage collection was conducted earlier Monday.
Hasbrouck Heights schools are closed as well as the borough's public library.
Shadow Mart owner Tom Meli says the food market should be open until about 2 p.m. Monday. Random patrons were seen running in for a few grocery items. Meli said over the weekend the store was mobbed but Monday has been somewhat quiet compared to the weekend activity.
Minut Mart, E Z Deli and Nick's Quick Stop are also open. Henry's Deli, Heights Pizza, Fisher's Cafe, and Subworks were open as well.
As winds pick up so far one large tree branch fell blocking off Columbus Avenue at the Boulevard. The street is temporarily closed in that area as PSE&G works to repair downed wires. Residents say they temporarily have no power as it was shut down during the repairs.