21 Aug 2014
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Sandy Aftermath: Tri-Boro Sees 'Ton of Storm Damage'

School announced to be closed in Kinnelon, Butler Wednesday.

Police and DPW crews took to the tri-boro streets Tuesday morning to clear fallen trees and debris off the roadways.

Kinnelon police Lt. John Schwartz said Kinnelon saw "a ton of storm damage."

Several main roads in Kinnelon were closed Tuesday, including Fayson Lakes Road at Miller Road and Kinnelon Road (heading toward Kinnelon Estates). Detours are in effect on Honeysuckle Road.

Bloomingdale police also shut down several main roads Tuesday morning.

"Hurricane Sandy has caused extensive damage boroughwide with downed telephone poles, trees and electric wires," police said in an alert.

Butler police closed several roads Tuesday morning as well. According to Capt. Ciro Chimento, Valley Road, Myrtle Avenue, the top of Kiel Avenue (above Western Avenue), Kakeout Road near Hiller Court and Cascade Way were closed.

The Borough of Butler canceled Halloween trick-or-treating and Butler and Kinnelon Public Schools were announced to be closed Wednesday. Power was out throughout the tri-boro and not expected to be restored for days.

"Power outage expected to last days, if not longer," the Kinnelon Office of Emergency Management said.

Butler opened a shelter at the Butler police station where residents could also go to charge cell phones. Kinnelon moved its shelter to Kiel School from Pearl R. Miller School Tuesday morning because there is a better electrical system at the school, Schwartz said. Schwartz said Kinnelon had already sheltered 50 people, whether they simply came in to charge an electronic device, for a hot cup of coffee, or to plug in for medical needs.

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