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The Verona Fire Department responded after this tree went down on a house on Hillside.
The Verona Fire Department responded after this tree went down on a house on Hillside.

Many of us woke up this morning to yards–and basements–that looked like lakes. More than a few of us will be calling roofers on Monday to find the ceiling leaks we didn’t know we had.

But if that’s all you had, count yourself among the lucky. A tree came down on Hillside Avenue, landing on a house mid-block and taking out a power line. The Verona Fire Department responded to the scene last night and a PSEG crew was there this morning, getting the wires back in shape. The street is still, as of this writing, closed to traffic from Forest Avenue to Mountain Road.

Kenwood Avenue is also closed from Grove Street to Fairview Avenue because of a tree that fell in the middle of that block, and we caught sight of a tree that fell on a driveway on Pease. The Verona Police Department responded to a call about a tree that fell on a house on Summit Road.

Branches blocking a driveway on Pease Avenue.
Branches blocking a driveway on Pease Avenue.
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Verona Park Lake is barely within its banks, but if you have kids who are prone to crossing the Peckman to get to and from H.B. Whitehorne, make sure they stay away. The brook is several feet above its usual level and moving very rapidly.

UPDATE: Much–maybe all–of the Pilgrim Plaza shopping center is without power. Cinema 23, Chengdu, Staples, Party City all dark. Possibly related to the big tree that came down at the corner of Franklin and Elmwood. We’ve been told there was quite a show of electrical sparks up there last night.

If you’ve got pictures or video of damage we didn’t get, please e-mail them over or let us know where they are on your YouTube page. Our e-mail address is [email protected].

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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