502 Millbrook Avenue, Randolph, NJ 07869-3799
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Hurricane Update

Posted: September 1, 2011

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(updated Thurs. 4:30 p.m.) Residents with no water are welcome to use the shower facilities at the middle school gym which will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Friday. To access the facilities, please use the middle school’s back entrance.

(updated Thurs. 1:15 p.m.) The water station at town hall remains open; the one at Freedom Park has been removed.

Road closure updates (posted Thurs. 1:15 p.m.):

  • Green Lane is partially open and passable
  • Sussex Tpk. between Canfield and Park Ave.
  • Fords Rd.
  • Park Avenue between Pleasant Hill Rd. and Dover Chester Rd.
  • Pleasant Hill Rd. from Marre Drive to township line
  • Combs Hollow Rd. by township line
  • Mt. Pleasant Rd. off Sussex Tpk. is open and passable, but is still awaiting some cleanup work

From Wednesday’s update:

JCP&L has advised us that significant strides were made last night in restoring power to affected areas in and around town, as reflected on their outage map.

For residents in need of water, two water stations have been set up (updated Wed. at 2:00 p.m. to clarify):

  • A water hose is available at the rear of the municipal building complex at the ambulance bay. Due to its location, you will need to be escorted by a township employee who will be available up until 4:30 p.m. After 4:30 p.m., the hose will still be available but please exercise caution when accessing this area. This water is for toilet flushing, household cleaning, etc.—it is not potable.
  • A second water station is located in Freedom Park, in front of the football field. A township employee will be available to assist residents until 7:30 p.m. This water is potable.

From Tuesday’s update:

Downed trees that involve power lines are a continuing concern. As of 6:00 p.m., the following roads are closed due to downed trees:

  • Green Lane
  • Sussex Tpk. between Canfield and Park Ave.
  • Fords Rd.
  • Park Avenue between Pleasant Hill Rd. and Dover Chester Rd.
  • Pleasant Hill Rd. from Marre Drive to township line
  • Combs Hollow Rd. by township Line
  • Mt. Pleasant Rd. off Sussex Tpk.

Randolph Public Works crews have been removing downed trees and branches along roads. The Public Works Department will undertake a town-wide branch collection program next Tuesday (after the Labor Day Weekend) so as to afford residents time to address their properties. The public will be guided by the same rules that apply to the spring collection program regarding limb size and placement of branches. Logs and tree stumps will not be picked up. Branches should be piled so as not to block streets and create safety hazards.

Town crews can not address tree removals where downed power lines are a factor.

From Monday’s update:

During the storm there were many roads closed (off and on) as trees came down including Route 10. There were a number of crews addressing emergency tree removals including DPW and contractors for JCP&L.

Roads flooded in areas with historical problems and drained off during Sunday with the exception of Franklin Road which is impacted by the Rockaway River. It is open at this time.

Shongum Lake flooded over the emergency spillway closing Shongum Road for a period of hours but was back to the dam spillway by yesterday afternoon.

The fire companies will probably pump in excess of 100 basements when all is said and done. Power outages knocked out many basement sump pumps.

Trees fell on a number of homes causing damage. Some damage was minor and some major including a home on Musiker that had its gas meter damaged requiring an emergency response and shutdown. A tree branch is on top of the Art Center roof behind town hall

On South Morris at Quaker Church, the rear wall of a residential basement collapsed due to water pressure. Construction Official Frank Howard indicates that the repair will be extensive and the house has been posted.

The many sewer pump stations serving the town’s sewer system experienced problems based upon power outages. Crews manned emergency generators.

The Denbrook Pump station was the largest problem area with a surcharge due its pump capacity being eclipsed during the storm. Crews manned a bypass pump to control the situation. Our engineer, Ralph Carchia, will prioritize an inspection of the sewer line in the area to determine how storm water is infiltrating the system. NJDEP was notified.

We are now in clean up mode. The recycling center is open all week. Branch collection will take place during the week. Inspectors will respond to calls on drainage issues. Trees are being cleared from roads, parks and as the week progresses —the trail system. The fire company is still answering calls for pump outs.

We have relaxed garbage collection rules in anticipation that basements will get cleaned out in the ensuing days.

Again the primary complaint will be continuing power outages and we will attempt to get info regarding same.