Week in Review: Sandy Hits Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook
A timeline of the Superstorm that swept through the area Monday.
The borough seeks to be more proactive in its preparation for and response to the impending hurricane projected to rip through town late Monday into Tuesday.
Saddle Brook officials have been preparing for the storm much like they did last year for Hurricane Irene.
The superintendents in each district have cancelled school on Monday and Tuesday due to the threat of Hurricane Sandy.
Deputy Emergency Managment Coordinator Wendy Demeraski said the borough is expecting winds in town to reach hurricane level around 3 p.m. and remain that way for about 12 hours.
Sandy Day 1
Between 5,000 and 10,000 homes are without power in Fair Lawn, according to PSE&G's outage maps.
The Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation has moved some of its patients to nearby facilities as a precautionary measure due to Hurricane Sandy
A Hillside Terrace resident suffered serious head injuries when a large tree fell on her house, Lt. Derek Bastinck said.
Hurricane force wind gusts have had a major impact in Fair Lawn, but flooding has been minimal.
Firefighters waited for hours, standing by as the fire grew, before PSE&G arrived on the scene to shut down live power lines, Mayor Karen Chamberlain said.
Sandy Day 2
In wake of the power outages throughout town, including at school buildings in Fair Lawn, both Fair Lawn and Saddle Brook have cancelled school Wednesday.
Fair Lawn residents can safely drink and use the borough's tap water and no issues are expected going forward.
Borough hall and the community center will re-open Wednesday, but the library and senior center are a question mark.
The borough has no plans to cancel trick-or-treating or impose a curfew for Halloween on Wednesday.
The emergency operations center has taken calls for more than 100 individual trees down and nearly 30 wires down in Fair Lawn since Monday.
Sandy Day 3
Both communities have postponed Halloween and plan to reschedule it on Monday, Nov. 5.
The borough was experiencing telephone issues throughout the morning and early afternoon but the problem appears to be fixed.
Schools are closed for the rest of the week in Fair Lawn, and on Thursday in Saddle Brook due to outages and safety concerns.
Live wires down around town continue to smoke and alarm residents, police said.
Sandy Day 4
Picnic the Restaurant, located in the Radburn Plaza building, has been serving up affordable comfort food and letting customers recharge phones and computers this week.
Fair Lawn Avenue Gulf Station, across from the Land and Sea Diner, has been fueling customers from all over the area since Wednesday evening
Due to safety concerns, the borough will reschedule Halloween as a trunk-or-treat event, rather than a door-to-door affair throughout town.
Sandy Day 5
Fair Lawn public schools will be closed Monday, Nov. 5 and Tuesday, Nov. 6, but will re-open Wednesday for the remainder of the week.
Three of Fair Lawn's normal polling stations have been disrupted by power outages and will be relocated for Tuesday's election.
Sandy Day 6
Residents who would like to make donations can drop them off at the Fair Lawn Rescue Squad building on Romaine Street, next to Fair Lawn High School.
PSEG has offered no timetable for the restoration of power in Saddle Brook.
An employee at the Fair Lawn Gulf station was taken to the hospital with minor injuries after being hit by a motorist Friday.
Fair Lawn has sent crews to offer assistance in Toms River, Moonachie and Little Ferry since Monday's Superstorm.