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.