By Jaimie Julia Winters
About 7 percent of Montclair residents are without power and over 100 streets are completely blocked or partially closed due to the March snowstorm that hit on yesterday, March 7. About 90 trees throughout the township were uprooted or lost major limbs hitting power lines and causing the outages to the 1,280 PSE&G customers.
The “thunderstorm” brought a heavy, spring snow that fell an inch per an hour at times and thunder to the region and was a double whammy coming on the heels of last Friday’s snow that left 2 percent of the town or 291 customers without power.
Township officials are warning residents to stay away from downed power lines as they could be live. Schools were closed on March 7 and 8. Recycling and garbage pickup scheduled for Thursday will be picked up Saturday.
The Montclair Health Department has set up a warming station in the Municipal Council Chambers, 205 Claremont Avenue. They will be serving hot tea and offer charging stations for your devices and are open until 4:30 p.m.
PSE&G anticipated completely restoring power in Montclair by late March 10.
Although spring is 12 days away, we are not out of the woods yet. Snow is in the forecast for Sunday evening into Monday morning.