What Mahwah Looks Like After Sandy

Nearly 9,000 homes are without power

Tuesday morning, Mahwah residents began assessing the damage left by Hurricane Sandy. With the majority of the township out of power, most of the damage in the township was the result of wind and downed trees, not flooding.

The Mahwah Police Department began offering its headquarters as a charging station for residents to charge cell phone, laptops, etc. at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The PD is sending out alerts using its new Nixle alert system alerting sections of the township to go to the station to charge electronic equipment.

Mayor Laforet issued the following alert at 11:40 a.m. Tuesday:

There are countless trees that have fallen onto trees. We are fortunate the expected rains did not occur and there was no flooding in the Township. 

We have a conference call with Rockland Electric officials at 3:00 p.m. today to get a better understanding of the extent of the problem. Rockland electric has assessment crews out as we speak to determine the priority and order of restoration. Once that is complete crews will begin restoration activities. Rockland Electric has given a preliminary estimate of 10 days before electricity will be completely restored although that is a very preliminary estimate. 

On a local level the Municipal offices, Municipal court is closed on Tuesday October 30th, 2012. Schools are closed today. Regular garbage pick up is scheduled for tomorrow Wednesday October 31. My goal is to restore residents to their normal way of life as soon as possible. 

We will be utilizing the Police Headquarters as a charging station for personal cell phones and computers. Additional information will be provided later today. Our storm map will be activated later today where residents can report trees down and other issues. 

An additional one call message will be issued later this afternoon. Please stay inside if you can, and avoid all wires, Thank you and be safe. Mayor Laforet

Residents in the West Mahwah area are reporting no flooding issues. The Ramapo River rose to 5.49 feet, according to the National Weather Service. Flooding generally occurs after the river reaches 8 feet. The river crested at 15.78 feet after Hurricane Irene.


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Mahwah Fire Rescue Company 1 October 30, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Please continue to stay off the roads. A crew from Mahwah Fire Rescue is currently operating in South Bergen rescuing people caught in the sudden and unexpected flooding when the levy broke. We need to ensure that the manpower we have left in town will not be impeded in their response. When every paid service was ordered off the roads last night Mahwah's Volunteer Firefighters remained in service ensuring that the active electrical fires did not spread into full blown structure fires (see what happened in Breezy Point as an example of how easily down wires can cause a bad fire). Franklin Turnpike is now loaded with traffic which can compromise our response times in emergencies. Help us out please.
CaraGia October 30, 2012 at 05:37 PM
I'm glad to know my friends in Mahwah fared better than a lot of towns in the area and are safe.
Lisa Shannon November 02, 2012 at 12:08 PM
I am looking for my brothers Dennis, Bill, and Jason Klein.They lived on Pulis Ave. I live in Alabama. If you know them Please have them call me.


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