Sandy Damages Houses, Closes Roads

By on October 30, 2012

This house on Linden Avenue lost shingles and a gutter, but seems to have escaped major damage.

Twenty-five roads in Verona have been closed by Hurricane Sandy and at least seven homes have been damaged by falling power lines or trees. Traffic lights are out at many Bloomfield Avenue intersections, as well as at Pompton and Linden.

Verona Police Chief Douglas Huber said there were more than 170 calls to 911 overnight, but unlike elsewhere in the state, there were no deaths from the storm. The police did refer two residents to the Codey Arena at South Mountain, which is operating as a shelter.

Both Town Hall and the Community Center are closed, but operating on generators. There is a large section of flashing that is dangling from the roof of Town Hall. Verona Park lake did not flood, but the park is closed and there is at least one tree down.

Four primary lines went down in town. “PSEG has all our needs,” said Huber. “The only issue is that they are taking care of hospitals and nursing homes first. It could be a while before we see them in town.”

Five of Verona’s six schools lack power and the Verona Board of Education will hold the meeting that was scheduled for October 30 on November 1 in the Town Council chambers. The private session will start at 7:30 p.m. and the public session at 8 p.m. Halloween will be rescheduled, but there has been no decision on a date yet.

“People have to be very careful with any downed lines,” said Huber. Morningside and Hillside are definitely two very bad roads the entire length.”

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  1. Jacopo

    October 30, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    My sympathy and prayers from Verona (Italy)

  2. Nina

    October 31, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I am worried about my dear friends who live on Oak Lane, Verona, NJ. I haven’t heard from her and I just want to know how that street managed through the storm. I hope they left for higher ground. All of New Jersey is in my prayers.

  3. valerie

    November 2, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Has anyone seen an out of state power company truck? By the 5th day of last years storm power company trucks from Georgia were all over the place. Seaside turned away an Alabama power company’s help because they weren’t members of the union. Where are all the out of state utility workers?

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