UPDATED Hurricane Sandy: The Morning After in Montclair

Update: 10/30, 3:34 pm. Number of fallen trees over 100 — according to Montclair township.

Riverview Drive, Montclair

Fallen tree, on Montclair Boonton line, right after Hillside Ave Bridge, Glen Ridge
photo: KRSmith Photography

Update 10:05 am: Salvation Army Montclair is open as a charging station.

Hurricane Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore and NYC (where power is out south of 34th Street), but locally, the damage varies. Depending where you live, you either woke up with power on and just some debris and branches or you woke up with a tree on your lawn and no power. Driving around Montclair, certain streets are police taped off and blocked by trees, others look like Frankenstorm never came. Downtown Montclair appears mostly spared, but parts of Pine Street and Glenridge Ave. are among the streets without power. Montclair Police Deputy Chief Todd Conforti just released a report of damages, updated as of 6:30am. It includes 113 reports of damage, including:

21 trees that fell into homes or garages, 24 trees across roads, trees on two cars, several trees lying across railroad tracks and on power lines, plus an additional 16 trees down. Three transformers are reported as on the ground, 12 transformer or wire fires, plus an additional 29 wires down, a couple of cracked poles, and two poles on the ground.

Police stationed by Watchung and Valley — where Watchung Ave. was closed for a tree down, said no reports of anyone hurt in Montclair due to the storm.

Tree down by Montclair High School
North Mountain Ave., Montclair
Near miss on Summit Ave, Montclair

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  1. The report is either incomplete or inaccurate. There was a power line down at Grove and Gordonhurst and, at least as of about noon today, it was still there.


  2. Thanks Andrew — Montclair is now saying over 100 trees — so some may not be in the report we link to that was released this morning.

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