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.