Mayor Makes Youtube Video to Address Woodbridge Residents Still Without Power

The lights are slowing coming on in the township.

Nothing stops a Woodbridge Council meeting - not even when Hurricane Sandy blows off part of the metal mansard roof off Town Hall and causes a huge metal canopy to crash into the steps where the public accesses the building.

Woodbridge had council meeting scheduled for Tuesday night, only hours after the Sewaren section of the township was devastated by the winds and massive storm surge. Much of the township was without power Tuesday night, and one of the many traffic lights that were inoperable was one left dangling by a wire at the corner of Main Street and Amboy Avenue.

Most residents were busy trying to clear up the trees and branches, and learning to live in the dark due to a power failure that hit almost everyone in the township Monday night.

Still, the council meeting was held as scheduled.

"I'm very happy to report that there have been no casualties so far in Woodbridge Township," Mayor John McCormac said in a video apparently taken during the council meeting and posted Wednesday on Youtube.

The town's website was updated three times since before the storm began. 

The mayor's Hurricane Sandy updated included the mention that residents should register with the Reverse 911 registry, where they can receive phone calls in the event of an emergency. McCormac also announced that trash pickup would be moved up one day throughout the township.

Public works employees have already removed 200 trees, he said, but "there are 300 more on the list." Vegetation near power lines was being given priority.

"Fire companies are pumping out basements all over town," McCormac said. 

PSEG is trying to get the lights on, but they've been impacted by the flooding of the Sewaren and Linden substations.

"They have not given us an indication of any time in any section of the town," McCormac said, about when power would be restored.

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7 out November 02, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Why does the township tell you to watch the news, channel 35/36 and check the township website when no one has electricity
Margaret Loughran Loki November 03, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Why don t avenel business have electric in the heart of the town
Margaret Loughran Loki November 03, 2012 at 01:38 AM
The electricity goes to the businesses and people that seem to be more important. We aren t
Birdie9909 November 06, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Aaaannnnddd how was I supposed to watch this with no power?? I want to know what they did to prepair. No sandbags, no nothing.... "The mayor's Hurricane Sandy updated included the mention that residents should register with the Reverse 911 registry, where they can receive phone calls in the event of an emergency" I CALLED IT- NO ANSWER AND THE MAILBOX WAS FULL- THIS WAS AT 10AM ON MONDAY!!!! THEY CARE MORE ABOUT THEMSELVES! I LIVE IN SEWAREN AND I KNOW THERE WERE NO EFORTS MADE BEFORE THE STORM!
OFFICIAL BUSINESS November 08, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Tom Maras: You hit the nail on the head with 1 main street, there is only hot air in that building. It shows with the way the Roof panels blew of the building. After seeing that, i now no when the building sub code division signed off on the repairs that were done at Wyndmoor & Woodbridge, It's time to Dump this place and get the hell out of here. The johnny Mac crew is like a ship without a rudder.


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