This is an update from the Village of South Orange and the Office of Emergency Management.
An update from PSE&G is that there were approximately 6,000 homes in South Orange without power on Sunday, down to 3,000 today. That number is expected to come down to 1,000 by Monday night and we will keep you updated on that progress.
Two schools are without full power, Marshall School and the South Mountain Annex. Both are being prioritized by PSE&G.
The Village is in constant communication with PSEG and is working on getting areas in South Orange prioritized as fast as possible. If you have medical or special needs please contact the SOPD immediately.
The Baird will be opened as a shelter if needed overnight, and you can call the SOPD to request that assistance.
Residents are encouraged to move branches and debris out to the curb so DPW can remove it. All of the roads in South Orange were opened by the end of Sunday, due the hard work of our Department of Public Works and other village staff. They will continue clearing debris through the end of the week, while leaf pickup remains suspended to ensure prioritizing trees and branches.
If you see a downed wire, report it to the SOPD immediately. Do not attempt to move it or go near it yourself. Be mindful that wires can be entangled in branches and hidden under snow and leaves. Report any hazardous conditions to SOPD.
Thank you to all the staff at the Village, especially Public Works, the Fire Department and Police Department and our volunteers at the Rescue Squad who have been out on the streets round the clock to keep us safe.
The state of emergency will remain in effect until further notice and as we continue to make progress, with almost totally clear roadways, we ask that residents work with us in trying to get all of the outstanding issues resolved in a timely manner, while understanding that this unprecedented weather condition is putting strain on emergency services all over the tri-state area. Don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.
Police Dept (973) 763-3000
Fire Dept (973) 378-7751
Village Hall (973) 378-7715
Public Works (973) 378-7741
Library (973) 762-0230
Recreation & Cultural Affairs (973) 762-0359