Roads throughout Chatham Borough were closed Monday evening as Hurricane Sandy, downgraded to a post-tropical storm, was roaring through the area.
The Chatham Emergency Squad building on North Passaic Avenue, which had been open as a recharging and warming station, has also been closed.
"There are some telephone poles bent over there, so we don't want to encourage people to go there," said Chatham Borough Police Chief Philip J. Crosson.
Crosson is also the borough’s office of emergency management spokesman during the weather event.
According to JCP&L's power outage map, 2,476 customers in the borough were without power as of 9:25 p.m. on Monday.
Crosson said damage is now spread town wide.
Multiple roads were closed as of Monday evening. Among them were:
- Fairmount Avenue between Broadview Terrace and Watchung Avenue
- Chatham Street between Fairmount Avenue and Lum Avenue
- Coleman Avenue west between Vincent Street and Carmine Street
- Van Doren Avenue at Clark Street
- Washington Avenue between Fairview Avenue and Longwood Avenue
- Fairview between Fairmount Avenue and Washington Avenue
Croson said anyone who is still in town should remain where they are.
“To get out and move around would be far too dangerous," he said. "A lot of the streets are becoming impassable, (and) some of it we haven't even found yet, I'm sure."