The wind has not even kicked in, but trees are beginning to fall in various parts of town. The police and DPW are busy responding to calls for downed wires, branches and trees. The fire department has crews on call at each of the firehouses ready to respond to any call.
With few exceptions, most New Milford businesses are closed today. Those that are open, such as Dunkin' Donuts and the 7-Eleven on River Road, were empty and employees working the counter said that traffic has been slow. River Road is virtually empty of all vehicular traffic, but pedestrians are out walking.
Behind the homes on Columbia Street, the river was inches away from spilling into backyards. Residents spent most of the weekend getting belongings off the floor of their basements and garages.
Chief of Police Frank Papapietro is encouraging all residents who live in flood prone areas to evacuate before the eye of the storm hits and asking everyone else to stay inside for the remainder of the storm.
A large tree fell across Route 4 West on the border of Englewood and Teaneck. County Police were closing at least two lanes of that part of the highway as of 4 p.m.
Patch was boots on ground taking pictures as the storm was taking shape. We'll keep you updated as the storm progresses.