Pedestrians, Drivers 'Are a Danger to Us,' Police Say
Chatham Borough officials ask anyone who can to go home and stay off the roads and sidewalks.
Vehicular and pedestrian traffic are posing a danger to emergency responders in Chatham Borough, according to Police Chief Philip J. Crosson.
"People being out is a danger to us. They're putting themselves at risk and us at risk," Crosson said Tuesday afternoon.
JCP&L has not confirmed any wires in Chatham as de-energized, and police say any downed wire should be treated as live—because it probably is.
"I see kids under trees that are hanging with wires, I see parents running around with kids in the street. And I don’t think they realize how dangerous this is. These trees that are holding the wires up may not hold them permanently," Crosson said. "Every wire, whether it’s a power line or not, has the potential to be live.
Multiple roads remain closed in the borough, including:
- Chatham Street
- Fairmount Avenue, in multiple locations
- Van Doren Avenue
- Lafayette Avenue
- Meadowbrook Road
- River Road
- North Passaic Avenue
- Coleman Avenue West, which Crosson said is in very bad shape
- Hillside Avenue
- Elmwood Avenue
- Inwood Road
- Clark Street
- Washington Avenue
- Lincoln Avenue
According to the outage map on the JCP&L website, 3,629 households in Chatham Borough and 4,394 households in Chatham Township remain without power as of 2 p.m. Tuesday.