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Nor'easter Could Bring More Outages, Delay Sandy Recovery

Winter blast forecasted to impact the area through early Thursday afternoon

A winter storm expected to hit the area with high winds and snow through Thursday would delay Teaneck's recovery from Sandy and may cause more power outages in the storm-battered region, officials said Wednesday. 

Teaneck Township Manager William Broughton said public works crews moved quickly to clear scores of downed trees after Sandy hit last week, but the snow presented a minor setback. 

"It will definitely delay recovery efforts," Broughton said. 

Thanks to the DPW's efforts, no major roadways remained blocked by downed trees in Teaneck, he said. The remaining work involved repairing sidewalks, clearing tree stumps and collecting smaller debris. 

The township was ready to handle the snow and DPW staff had been kept on duty to prepare for the weather, Broughton said. Snow remained mostly light Wednesday afternoon. 

Residents should move cars off the street early to make way for town crews, he added. The town's snow parking regulations go in effect when streets become covered. 

Forecasters said 1 to 3 inches of snow could fall on the area late Wednesday. 

New power outages were being reported nearby. In Hackensack, the Shops at Riverside Mall lost power for about three hours and sporadic outages were reported in Fort Lee and Leonia. 

A Public Service Electric and Gas spokeswoman said the weather and ongoing Sandy restoration efforts could cause service interruptions. 

In a statement, PSE&G said safety regulations prevented repair crews from working when winds go above 40 mph. Gusts could reach 55 mph Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service. The utility company reported 890 customers in Teaneck were out Wednesday morning eight days after Sandy hit, down sharply from about 3,000 the day before. 

The wintery weather was already leading to cancellations in the area Wednesday. 

Teaneck's Board of Education called off its workshop meeting and the county's Freeholder Board cancelled its public meeting in Hackensack. 

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Art Vatsky November 08, 2012 at 02:33 AM
I strongly suggest that the Township of Teaneck and PSEG coordinate an After-Action Report to explain to residents what went right for Sandy, what went wrong, and what residents can do to help both Township and Utility do their jobs efficiently and safely in future events. We are overdue for such information sharing. Communication gaps need to be plugged. Residents don't want to ask for the impossible but we don't know what is reasonable. Communication counts.
Bob & Joyce November 08, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Agreed that communication is key for a stronger community. We need to be prepared for future storms and/or other emergency damages, as storms have increased in intensity over the years. Citizens, as well as, Township and Utility need to be properly prepared. Guidance from Township would be helpful.
Teaneck_Resident November 08, 2012 at 01:15 PM
I can't believe it, so far I have not lost power. The lights flickered a few times last evening but the power stayed on. I'm still shocked. I hope most if not all of Teaneck is still powered up.
Leslie November 08, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Little Ferry and Hackensack lost power around noon yesterday, and it was still down for us this AM. I think a transformer or substation blew.
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