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the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, there were reports of deaths in parts of New Jersey as remnants of Hurricane Ida caused damage all across the state Wednesday. According CBS News Passaic Mayor Hector Lora confirmed to CBS2 that they have reports of multiple fatalities in their downtown area.
Sources claimed they are believed to have been in their cars and swept away in the flash flooding. Emergency responders in Passaic were also sent to rescue multiple people from their homes.
Just after 10 p.m., last night Governor Phil Murphy announced he was declaring a state of emergency in response to the storm.
Ridgewood and surrounding towns took there usual beating . There are reports of downed trees , intermittent power outages , and Ridgewood High School Stadium and Village Hall parking lot flooded like always .
Due to high winds, there may be power outages. Please stay away from downed wires. Plan ahead and know where your flashlights are located. If you experience a power outage, please DO NOT CALL 911 and do not call the Police Department unless there is an emergency. Instead, please call PSE&G directly at 1-800-436-7734 or text OUT to 47734. You may also report your power outage and check the status with PSE&G’s mobile app or by visiting pseg.com/outagecenter.
If your entire neighborhood has a power outage, every household should contact PSE&G, so that they are aware of it. This assists PSE&G in sending crews to various areas.
If a tree comes down and it pulls down wires, PSE&G must first turn the electricity on the wires off, and then our tree crews can come in to cut up the tree. Depending on the number of trees that come down in the storm and the number of homes without power, this could take several days.
1. Keep your electronic devices charged
2. If you have a storm drain near your home, please take responsibility for removing any leaves, branches, or debris that are now blocking it BEFORE the heavy rain arrives. Our DPW will not be able to do this once the heavy rains are upon us tonight.
3. Keep your buckets of recyclables or yard waste on YOUR side of the curb, not in the street where rushing waters could overturn them.
4. Observe and obey all police barrier signs that are set up to close access to streets. These barriers are put up for your safety, as there may be downed trees or wires on that portion of the street.
5. Take in or stack any loose outdoor furniture that could “take off” in a strong wind.
6. Please remember to check on your neighbors during the storm.