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Sandy Devastates Twp., 6K Powerless Tuesday

Officials urge residents to stay home while crews clear roadways.

UPDATE, 8:30 a.m, Tuesday: 

"It's bad."

Washington Township Police Lt. Doug Compton, who has been working since 2 a.m. Tuesday, said all of the town's major roadways are blocked, from Schooley's Mountain Road to Naughright Road and everything between.

Hurricane Sandy's damaging winds took down trees and branches throughout Monday and into Tuesday, leaving 6,649 residences in the dark, according to Jersey Central Power & Light's outage map. 

Shelters are currently not being opened in the township as Chief of Police Michael Bailey believes roads are too hazardous to traverse. 

"The most important thing we can tell people right now," Compton said, "is to just stay home."

All three of Washington Township's volunteer fire companies, along with the Department of Public Works are out trying to clear roadways Tuesday morning.  

Washington Township has also activated a local, non-emergency hotline for residents to call to report downed trees on their road and the need for basement pumping by local fire departments rather than calling the county's dispatch.

That number is 908-876-4633. If the line is busy, continue to call until you get through to someone, emergency management officials said. 

For full Hurricane Sandy coverage, go here. 

What neighborhood are you in? When did you lose power? Tell us in the comments.

Tracy Lazorchak October 30, 2012 at 12:19 AM
What areas in long valley are powerless?
Sue October 30, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Stephensburg by 57 just lost power about 1/2 hr. ago.
Tracy Lazorchak October 30, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Thanks. I guess I'm going to be next. We've been flickering up off of pleasant grove rd for a few hours. I knew it was too good to be true. Stay safe everyone.
Sue October 30, 2012 at 01:08 AM
....and the power co. said "7-10 days before power is restored". Ugghh.
Jennifer Simon October 30, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Schooleys Mtn Rd near big turn lost power at about 9pm.
Jersey October 30, 2012 at 02:22 AM
West Valley Brook just west of Beacon Hill is out.
Maria Mikol October 30, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Kings ridge rd is out
PF October 30, 2012 at 10:56 AM
Anything in the Califon Road area?
Bookman October 30, 2012 at 10:57 AM
N Mount Lebanon Rd is out.
L. Mc October 30, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Kings Hwy is out
Karen Casey October 30, 2012 at 02:29 PM
East mill rd
Middle Valley Mayhem October 31, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Middle Valley Road is out since Monday night around 6. This stinks!

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