Cleanup has begun Tuesday in Bloomfield, hours after record-breaking Hurricane Sandy blew through the area, leaving in the aftermath a mess of downed wires and trees.
About 40 percent of residents in town are currently without power, with PSE&G crews working around town to restore it, according to Tom Pelaia, deputy coordinator of Bloomfield's Office of Emergency Management. The worst-case scenario, he said, is some may be without power for as much as 10 days.
"They're (PSE&G) hoping for the best," Pelaia said Tuesday morning.
Many roads in Bloomfield, including Bloomfield Avenue and Broad Street, are blocked by fallen trees and downed wires, he said. He said officials are canvassing the town to assess damage.
"Our priority today (Tuesday) is to get power back to schools," said Pelaia.
Bloomfield schools are closed Tuesday.
On Monday night, Mayor Raymond McCarthy urged residents to stay safe at home Tuesday to allow cleanup crews to do their jobs.
"Stay home, enjoy the day, enjoy your family. Give us a chance to clean up," he had said.
Patch readers Tuesday morning including a tree that tore through a home on Sycamore Street and a tree in Halcyon Park that was uprooted by the hurricane-force winds. In the south end of town, lawn furniture was strewn along sidewalks and some residents were seen cleaning loose shingles from their lawns.
Residents with questions or looking for information can call the town's emergency management line at 973-680-4177.
No one in Bloomfield was injured as a result of Hurricane Sandy, which swept through northern Jersey Monday night, bringing deadly wind gusts of 80 mph and unprecedented storm surges in southern Jersey and New York.
Pelaia said the town was also very "fortunate" in terms of the minimal – if any – amount of flooding it saw from the super storm.