New Milford spent the better part of Tuesday assessing the damage that Sandy brought to town. Although every resident heaved a huge sigh of relief that the anticipated flood did not occur, Columbia Street was dry at noon despite the full moon tidal surge, the rest of the town saw hundred year old trees toppled by Sandy's strong wind, taking street lights, telephone poles and wires with them, making many borough streets impassable.
Tuesday saw residents cleaning debris from their yards and making sure their neighbors were okay. Despite the mess, despite the damage, despite the loss of power, residents were in great spirits helping each other out and stopping to exchange stories about Sandy with each other and asking for any news about other towns and cities hard hit by Sandy.
The police and fire departments were all around town securing unpassable streets, checking on residents and directing traffic in addition to responding to their regular level of service calls. The DPW spent the day working to remove all the downed trees and fallen limbs that littered many of the borough's streets.
Most of New Milford's businesses were closed due to lack of power and will remain so until power returns, which PSE&G roughly estimates to be five days. Many of the borough's street lights were not working, making for hazardous driving conditions.
Because conditions remain hazardous, residents are encouraged to stay inside and keep the roads clear so wires can be repaired and trees cleared.