The Town of Newton Office of Emergency Management is advising residents not to travel on the roadways and to remain in their homes, if possible. High winds from Hurricane Sandy have resulted in downed trees and power lines throughout the municipality, leaving residents without power and roads impassable. Emergency responders have been working continuously throughout the storm to ensure the safety of Newton residents.
It is estimated that over 8,000 Newton residents are currently without power. Residents are encouraged to prepare for the outage to last for approximately 7-10 days. Power outages should be reported to JCP&L at 1-888-LIGHTSS. Threats to life or safety should be reported by calling 9-1-1. A county-wide shelter is available at the Sussex County Technical School. Residents unable to arrange transportation to the shelter should contact the Sussex County Office of Emergency Management at 973-579-0380 for assistance. Residents arriving at the shelter should bring identification, any required medications, and personal toiletries. Other personal belongings, including bedding, should be limited.
The Town of Newton's annual Halloween Parade has been cancelled. Trick or Treating activities will be determined by Governor Christie. Newton Town Hall will be closed on Wednesday, October 31st.
The Town of Newton Office of Emergency management has held a conference call with Emergency Management Coordinator Ken Teets, Town Manager Thomas S. Russo, Jr., and members of the Newton Town Council. There is currently heavy vehicular traffic in Newton. Traffic signals are inoperable. Only limited stores are open and gas is in short supply. Residents are encouraged to visit http://www.sussex.nj.us/ for an updated list of open gas stations, road closures and other storm-related information.