Threat of Hurricane Sandy Closes Fair Lawn, Saddle Brook Schools on Monday, Tuesday

The superintendents in each district have cancelled school on Monday and Tuesday due to the threat of Hurricane Sandy.

With Hurricane Sandy closing in on the area, Fair Lawn superintendent Bruce Watson and Saddle Brook superintendent Kathryn Fedina have chosen to close all schools in their respective communities on Monday and Tuesday.

Fair Lawn sent out a SwiftReach alert to all parents and posted the information on its website around 3 p.m. Saddle Brook followed suit a few hours later.

Fair Lawn emergency management coordinator Ira Marks said that extra precautions have been taken this year at Memorial Middle School, which suffered flood damage in Hurricane Irene and remained closed for a month following the storm.

In addition to sandbagging all entrances to the building, which was largely successful last year, the district's buildings and grounds crew has also sealed the school's vents.

Marks said water that rose above three feet and entered the building's vents caused the bulk of the damage suffered at Memorial last year.

"They’re doing their best to cover it and protect it," he said. "Will water still get in? I’m sure. But will it be as bad as last year? I hope not."

Rosenberg said the district is still in the process of preparing contingency plans should Memorial flood again and its students be forced to relocate elsewhere in the borough for classes.


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Deleted because of harassment October 29, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Currently, the rain totals are predicted to be between 2 and 6 inches. The river is low at the moment, so the chances of an extreme flood event does not seem to be bad. However, another period of extreme rain, as we had last year, could bring it back up.
Wayne Robbins October 29, 2012 at 12:15 AM
I hope so too Cornell - yet, there may be a problem if we don't have any power - of course, that would make it very spooky...just what Halloween needs. Be Safe All!!
John Jones October 29, 2012 at 01:15 AM
They already have the flood gates wide open on the Pompton Dam in Wayne. I expect Memorial School to flood again. The Board of Ed better start planning a new wing at TJ.
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