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Township Residents Could Go 7 to 10 Days Without Power

Multiple road closures still in place in Chatham Township, and the municipal building is closed until further notice.

Chatham Township Mayor Nicole Hagner said JCP&L customers could go without power for another 7 to 10 days.

"Currently, JCP&L us reporting [more than] 80 percent of Morris County residents are without power," Hagner said.

For trees in roadways with wires in them, JCP&L must confirm the wires are de-energized before the Department of Public Works can clear trees.

Hagner said Chatham Disposal will resume normal trash collection Thursday and Friday.

The Chatham Township Municipal Building is closed until further notice. Township residents can contact officials at (973) 635-4600.

Hagner also said the Tanglewood Mulch Center will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. until further notice so residents can bring in their yard waste.

The center will accept yard waste from private contractors and residents, but the debris must be separated into leaves and branches before arriving.

Residents are responsible for debris cleanup on their own property, Hagner said.

Many roads in Chatham Township are still closed due to trees and wires down on the ground or leaning into the roadway. Hagner encouraged residents to stay home.

Road closures include:

  • River Road intersection at Snake Hill
  • Fairmount Avenue between Southern Boulevard and Shunpike Road
  • Shunpike Road between Noe Avenue and Lafayette Avenue
  • Noe Avenue
hani October 31, 2012 at 04:16 PM
To all those chatham public works' men, spending countless hours cleaning our road from down trees, debris and making our town safe again, a big THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!!! Be safe.
DMM October 31, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Before we start the repeat of last year's school scramble to make up days, let's keep in mind that other districts waived the additional make up days since this was an extreme disaster. I hope we can do the same because from a fundamental perspective, this was extreme and we can make up for it in other ways with homework, etc. I am not worried that my child won't get into college and I doubt they will ask, "how many days did you miss and not make up because of Hurricane Sandy."
Sir October 31, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Again, the Mayor is missing in action. As of yesterday the township website had information that was 2 days old regarding the hurricane. But she has time to tell the patch the township will not remove storn debris from residents properties that is brought to the curb. Are you kidding me? Seriously, this is amateur hour.
Shannon October 31, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Any word on schools? Assuming they will be closed through Monday...
Enough Already October 31, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Just drove around for about 45 minutes to try to get clean clothes and retrieve perishables. Saw one cop and one power truck. How many times do we have to go through this to get it right? Where is JCPL? Enough "assessment". Get the resources and use them and move. Did they learn NOTHING? How could they not be prepared for this after Irene and Halloween 2011? When are we going to wake up and get rid of this non-NJ based joke of a utility?
Enough Already October 31, 2012 at 05:22 PM
$2 trillion dollars in the last decade on two wars. Imagine if we spent the money on infrastructure improvements and burying power transmission lines? We would all be warm and happy right now. And paying for a service that actually performs.
chatham7 October 31, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Only a matter of time before sone A**hole blamed the mayor. Congrats Sir - you are the A**hole. Do u need the website to tell u what to do? Missing in action? I have read pleny of updates (like the one above) from the Mayor. Is that not good enough for you?
DMM October 31, 2012 at 06:47 PM
I think in times of disaster we want the assurance that our town's elected leaders are there for us. Imagine if the President was not present--leadership is required in good and bad. I for one was disappointed with the lack of updates from the Boro and instead relied on Madison and Chatham Township since there was nothing coming from the Boro.
Sir October 31, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Chat 5 you are pathetic. One would think she would have learned from prior disasters. The mayor is incompetent.
chatham7 October 31, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Sir - maybe the next Mayor - MR. BROWER will be a better fit for you!
chatham7 October 31, 2012 at 09:00 PM
and Sir - the website you count on to exist WAS updated TWICE today. That's how i learned Halloween is now on Monday (important info for someone with 4 children)
XML October 31, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Shunpike road still blocked by a downed tree and in the chatham train station parking lot is an army of tree cutters sitting waiting for instructions.
michelle nitting October 31, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Everyone needs to stop complaining about the mayor and realize how lucky we are. Think about all the people who don't have a home to go to. We will get through this, but not by complaining.
Flygurl November 01, 2012 at 09:20 AM
I am going to complain about something different- the complete lack of cell service. I have enjoyed great service at and around the area up until about a month ago at which time I suddenly found I could not get service at my home anymore and had to resort to using my landline. (If I could find it). Now that we are without power due to the storm our family has NO WAY OF COMMUNICATING WITH ANYONE. Btw, my neighbors are all having the very same issue. Apparently this is because Chatham removed the cell tower that serviced our area because people didn't want to look at it or were afraid they would begin to grow a second head. Our neighborhood will gladly house a tower. Put it on top of my house. I don't care. WE NEED SERVICE. Especially in emergency situations like this. Thank God no one had to call 911 during the storm or became a victim to the James Bond gang in our area. We would have had to send out smoke signals to call for help. This is 2012. What is going to be done about this???

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