Maplewood Police and Maplewood Township Committeeman Dean Dafis reported that a spate of downed trees on Monday, April 15, was causing street closures in Maplewood.
At approximately 6 p.m., Dafis posted on the SOMA Lounge Facebook group that “MPD and MFD are on the scene at three locations (reported thus far) of downed live wires and smashed trees due to the high winds/inclement weather: two locations on Maplewood Avenue that MAY necessitate closing down the Avenue to allow for cleanup and public utility repair” and one location on Burnett Avenue.”
Dafis reported, “DPW is sending teams to all locations for clean up. There are no reported injuries. Please exercise caution and patience tonight.” He provided the following information to report downed trees and wires in your area:
- MFD: 762-6500
- MPD: 762-1234
- DPW: 762-1175
Maplewood Police also reported via email: “Advisory: Due to a down tree and wires Maplewood Ave will be closed between Durand Rd and Beach Pl. Fire Dept on scene.”
AT 7:15 p.m., the Maplewood Police issued a Wind Advisory:
Wind Advisory: Multiple road closures due to downed trees and wires
Please be advised: Maplewood Ave will be closed between Durand Rd and Beach Pl. due to a downed tree and wires
Durand Rd is closed from Maplewood Ave to Woodland Rd.
Stay away from downed wires:
Downed wires should always be considered “live.” Stay at least 30 feet away from downed wires. Do not approach or drive over a downed line and do not touch anything it might be in contact with. If a wire falls on or near your car, stay inside the car, call 911, and do not get out until PSE&G de-energizes the line. If you MUST get out of the vehicle because it is on fire, jump as far as possible away from the vehicle, with both feet landing on the ground at the same time, and hop or shuffle away.
..WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 AM EDT TUESDAY…
* WINDS…West 15 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.
* TIMING…Through 2 AM EDT Tuesday with the strongest winds
through this evening.
* IMPACTS…Strong winds may blow down limbs, trees, and power lines. Scattered power outages are expected.
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