Sunday, October 30, 2011

Recovering From The Pre-Halloween Snowpocalypse

In some respects, this storm was a whole lot worse than the double whammy of Hurricane Irene and Lee across Northern New Jersey. The heavy snow felled far more trees than those two storms, and outages are likely to extend to midweek.

Northern New Jersey is an absolute mess. Towns across Bergen County are reporting outages and downed lines are complicated by the heavy snows that blocked roads and made it treacherous to navigate.

I happened to be coming back to New Jersey from Long Island last night, and while the roads were fairly passable, the moment I crossed the George Washington Bridge, I saw something was wrong - power was out from Englewood/Fort Lee all the way to Fair Lawn along the Route 4 corridor. Everything was shut down. Malls, diners, gas stations.


It wasn't a pretty sight.

PSEG is warning that it wont have power restored until midweek, and in New York, Orange and Rockland power is not even giving an estimate of when power will be fully restored due to the massive outages and trees down across the region.

Expect disaster declarations to be issued for Northern New Jersey and Lower Hudson River valley. Things were also pretty bad in Connecticut, where hundreds of thousands of people were without power as well.

It will be quite some time before power is fully restored, but the lasting effect of this storm will be all the hundreds and thousands of trees across the region that were damaged or destroyed as a result of the early season snowfall while they were still full of leaves. That will be a lasting legacy of this storm.

Personally, we didn't have much in the way of damage to the house, but we've got more than enough big branches down that we've got to bring in an arborist to trim back trees and clear the downed branches and widowmakers.

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