This is an update from the Village of South Orange and the Office of Emergency Management.
We are advising residents against going house to house to trick or treat tonight because of the potential danger of downed wires, hanging branches and debris still on the ground. Spooky Spiotta Park will be happening starting at 4pm and we invite all residents to come downtown and celebrate Halloween with us!
The Village is in constant communication with PSEG and is working on getting areas in South Orange prioritized as fast as possible. If you have medical or special needs please contact the SOPD immediately.
The Library will be open until 9pm Monday night for residents to come in, charge electronic devices and relax in warmth. The Baird will be opened as a shelter if needed overnight, and you can call the SOPD to request that assistance.
Residents are encouraged to move branches and debris out to the curb so DPW can remove it. All of the roads in South Orange were opened by the end of the Sunday, due the hard work of our Department of Public Works and other village staff. They will continue clearing debris through the end of the week, while leaf pickup remains suspended to ensure prioritizing trees and branches.
If you see a downed wire, report it to the SOPD immediately. Do not attempt to move it or go near it yourself. Be mindful that wires can be entangled in branches and hidden under snow and leaves. Report any hazardous conditions to SOPD.
Thank you to all the staff at the Village, especially Public Works, the Fire Department and Police Department and our volunteers at the Rescue Squad who have been out on the streets round the clock to keep us safe.
The state of emergency will remain in affect until further notice and as we continue to make progress, with almost totally clear roadways, we ask that residents work with us in trying to get all of the outstanding issues resolved in a timely manner, while understanding that this unprecedented weather condition is putting strain on emergency services all over the tri-state area. Don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.
Police Dept (973) 763-3000
Fire Dept (973) 378-7751
Village Hall (973) 378-7715
Public Works (973) 378-7741
Library (973) 762-0230
Recreation & Cultural Affairs (973) 762-0359