Police Urge Caution After Storm

By on May 15, 2018

A large street street toppled across yards at the top of Linden Avenue near Elmwood Road.

A powerful storm walloped Verona on Tuesday afternoon, downing trees and power lines, and causing several hours of responses by the Verona Police and Fire departments. Verona’s public schools will be open on Wednesday, but the Verona Police Department is urging families to drive children to school because of all the hazards.

“Due to the large amount wires that are down and dangerous, the Verona Police Department is recommending children are driven to school tomorrow,” the VPD said in a Nixle alert. “We do not believe all situations will be addressed and made safe by the morning.”

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The VPD had to shut access to several streets as the storm moved through, and travel on Bloomfield Avenue was complicated by traffic light outages. While utility companies said that more than 100,000 customers were without power in central and northern New Jersey, as of Tuesday evening, PSEG was reporting power out to only about 54 Verona homes.

One MyVeronaNJ.com reader captured in a Facebook video the exact moment that a tree came down on Birdseye Glen; the daughter of the property owner reported that no one at the home was injured. According to Township Manager Matt Cavallo, there were no injuries to people townwide.

A tree toppled into a house near the intersection of Linden and Grove avenues.

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