Schools Remain Closed Wednesday, Halloween Postponed

A 6pm curfew has also been put in place tonight

All public and parochial schools will remain closed on Wednesday as PSE&G and local officials work to clear the downed trees and wires in River Dell.

PSE&G is reporting more than 1.4 million customers are without power due to Hurricane Sandy, with approximately 235,683 residents impacted in Bergen County. There are roughly 4,000 to 10,000 River Dell residents that are without power at this time.

According to PSE&G on Twitter, the company stated that Nov. 5 is the storm restoration time frame and all residents should have power restored by then.

And with the power out, all Halloween trick-or-treating for Wednesday night is cancelled and rescheduled in both towns until Nov. 3.

"We would like everyone to celebrate Halloween safely by doing their trick or treating on Saturday November 3rd for your own safety," Oradell OEM coordinator Derek Kahill said. "There is a 6pm curfew tonight as well. We are asking for everyone to stay off the streets and inside for your own safety."

The spooky funfilled holiday may actually be postponed across the entire state if Gov. Chris Christie opts reschedule the holiday by executive order.

""I can't imagine that's it's going to be safe for kids to go around for Halloween tomorrow night," Christie stated in a northjersey.com report. "I just can't imagine that it would be safe in most parts of the state...We want kids to have Halloween, but I also want kids to be safe."

PSE&G issued the following notice regarding power restoration:

Hurricane Sandy has caused unprecedented damage, twice as much damage as Hurricane Irene.  Many of our facilities were flooded by coastal surges, water-logging our equipment and making our stations and facilities difficult to access.
The amount of time it will take to begin working on a specific job may not be known, especially until a full assessment of the damage is done.  Accordingly, at some point in a storm, we begin using a ‘Storm ETR’, or ‘Global ETR’. This is an estimate of when all customers in our territory are expected to be restored.
Once the full extent of the damage is known, the ETR may be changed. Customers who have requested a callback will be notified if the ETR changes by more than 2 hours in either direction. Those customers will also be notified when our system indicates their power has been restored.
Because there could be additional damage affecting a customer’s service it’s critical that customers call back and let us know if they are still without power. 
Our call centers are fully staffed, 24/7 and safely repairing storm damage and restoring power is our number one priority. Call us at 800-436-PSEG (7734)  

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MaryRP October 31, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Thank you for posting up to date information. Unless I am missing something, I have not heard anything from our town officials in River Edge. It is very disappointing. Our town website has nothing except the PSEG phone #.
chris ilg October 31, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Nixle is an excellent way to stay posted with town information as the river edge office of emergency management coordinator tom smith gave updates throughout the storm. You can easily sign up on the internet and get updated text messages on your cell phone.
MaryRP October 31, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Thank you Chris ilg, I appreciate it.
Eamon Harbord (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Hi Mary, I have been trying to reach them, but I've been having some cell phone problems. I'll keep at it though and will continue posting throughout the week. Eamon
Raymond October 31, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Christie said Monday is Halloween. Is it Saturday or Monday in river edge.
Alphonse Bartelloni October 31, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Mary, Borough Hall is without power and has been closed the last two days. They are open today with limited power and telephones. The mayor has sent out two reverse 911's and our OEM coordinator has sent out a number of nixles with information to contact him or to contact PSE&G. Our DPW, police and fire fighters have been working tirelessly to try and deal with this tremendous storm and the resulting damage. As I am sure you know we do not have control as to when the power will come back on. If you need anything, please let me know and I will try and get you to the right information or help in whatever limited way I may be able.
Concerned Citizen November 01, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Councilman Bartelloni the nixel message stated that borough hall was closed today. Why would they have been open?


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