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Sandy Closes Schools, Library, Borough Offices; Emergency Services Meeting

New Milford readies itself for Sandy's potential punch; temporary sub station in Bergenfield; County will have dumpsters available post Sandy.

New Milford schools, the library and Borough administrative offices will be closed Monday in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, officials announced Sunday.

Mayor Ann Subrizi called an emergency management meeting for the council and first responders Sunday morning at Borough Hall to ensure that all systems are in place in advance of Hurricane Sandy to deal with the potential effects of the storm on the residents of New Milford. Representatives from the police, fire and ambulance corps. were in attendance.

According to Police Chief Frank Papapietro, who also coordinates the town's Office of Emergency Management, the DPW spent the weekend clearing leaves from the storm drains and will continue to monitor them on Monday.

Should Sandy mimic Irene in its devastation to the low-lying, flood prone homes of New Milford, Papapietro said, "The county has an action plan in place to obtain dumpsters for those flood affected towns that may need them."

In anticipation of Sandy, the DPW has moved all of its vehicles to the Borough Hall Parking lot.

PSE&G has set up a temporary substation on New Bridge Road in Bergenfield in the event that the New Milford substation, located on Henley Ave., floods.

Sunday afternoon, Shop Rite's parking lot was filled to capacity with shelves quickly emptying and New Milford's gas stations had long lines of cars fueling up.

Library Director, Terrie McColl informed Patch that due to the library closing, due dates on all library items have been extended until Friday, November 2nd, so patrons do not have to worry about returning their library materials during the hurricane. This is not just for New Milford, but for all 74 libraries in BCCLS.

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tony g2010 October 29, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Ann, do you know if that temporary sub-station is configured to help New Milford, River Edge or Bergenfield? Nice job on all this coverage so far. Thank you.
Ann Piccirillo October 29, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I was told yesterday that it is configured to help New Milford. I'm trying to get confirmation that a sub station was also set up in River Edge as well.
tony g2010 October 29, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Thank you. I think one is set up at the Train station on the Hackensack-River Edge border.

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