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Nor'easter Brings 'Challenge' to Tri-Boro, Officials Say

As some remain without power, DPW crews braced for winter storm.

Nor'easter Brings 'Challenge' to Tri-Boro, Officials Say

Not even two weeks have passed since Tropical Storm Sandy literally left the tri-boro in the dark, but just as most had their power restored, a nor'easter made its way to the area Wednesday.

"It's definitely going to be a challenge," Kinnelon police Lt. John Schwartz said.

Schwartz said low-hanging wires remained on some borough roads and could affect the Department of Public Works' ability to use the larger plow trucks.

"We may have to re-distribute our plow trucks," he said.

Additionally, DPW crews are beginning to get fatigued from working extra hours to clean up roadways and assist with damage from Tropical Storm Sandy. Bloomingdale DPW Superintendent Al Gallagher said his crews have also been working extra hours the past two weeks.

"We started last Saturday with three guys preparing the sand bags and then when the storm hit, we stayed in to Monday, Tuesday afternoon," Gallagher said.

Gallagher said his department prepared all of the bigger salt trucks and coated the roadways as the precipitation continued. Bucket trucks were also prepared to reach high-level damaged areas and the crews prepared to cut down trees that had fallen in the roads. Butler DPW crews also loaded salt trucks and prepared plows.

Schwartz said there are no plans for now to re-open the shelter that was offered to residents early this week, but that police and emergency officials' staffing levels were increased to compensate for the storm. He asked that residents who have remained without power since Sandy do the best they can to sit tight.

"Be patient and [we will] get to them as soon as possible. It's a difficult situation for everyone," he said.

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