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Cleaning Up After Irene


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Beth Shorten and Jon Warner both sent in photos of this tree that gracefully went down on Montclair Avenue.

Uprooted trees and tottering trees, flood waters that swelled Verona Park lake and took out a backyard deck downstream. Power outages that put Verona residents among the 375,000 PSE&G customers statewide who lost electricity due to Hurricane Irene. Thankfully no deaths here, though the storm left nine in its wake.

It will take at least another 24 hours for mass transportation in the region to return to normal, perhaps longer for flooding to subside and power to return. PSE&G says that it has brought in extra crews to repair the damage and that even though some Verona customers have been told they won’t have power until September 4, most customers will have their lights on in 48 hours. Newark Airport reopens to arrivals  at 6 a.m. Monday, but the first flights out won’t be until noon.

Fred Goode went out to survey the damage on Sunday. He found a tree that punctured a house on Linden Avenue and trees that caused damage to electrical wires on Derwent and by Verona High School. The Board of Education says there was some flooding at Brookdale Avenue elementary school and some large branches fell onto three school buses, causing what was characterized as “a bit of damage” to one. But kids, if you had been hoping otherwise, fuhgeddaboudit: Verona’s public schools and OLL will open as planned on Wednesday, September 7.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
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 Forbes.com. 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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