What Did You Think of the FLOW-area Response to Hurricane Sandy?

How did the Wyckoff, Franklin Lakes and Oakland do in the face of this "unprecedented disaster?"

Throughout Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath in Wyckoff, township officials kept in contact with PSE&G and Orange & Rockland, the borough website and a new OEM Facebook page to keep in contact with residents.

Oakland and Franklin Lakes used similar methods to keep in touch with an anachronistically isolated citizenry.

Throughout the storm, officials commended the work of emergency responders, and online resources such as the municipal web pages became integral tools for important updates on power outages, dry ice distributions, school closings and more.

Many Wyckoff and Franklin Lakes residents went without power for an extraordinary amount of time — up to 12 days for those in the most extreme cases — and many of the township's businesses lost a week or more worth of commerce.

Gas was in short supply, supermarkets were caught with bare shelves, and temperatures were dropping, as a result some expressed frustration with the official response; yet others still praised it. 

So, Patch wants to know, what did you think of your town’s response to Sandy?

Tell us where you live, what you thought went well, and what you thought could have been handled better...

Peter Kikot November 13, 2012 at 11:49 AM
I commend the Oakland Mayor for getting as much information together and out to public as possible following the hurricane and the nor'easter. I also commend the DPW for getting things cleaned up as fast as they were able to. There is still much to do but thank you to all who played a part.
Dorothy Weide November 13, 2012 at 12:52 PM
It was great that the library had extended hours. I appreciated being able to go down there on the Saturday evening when we had no power and enjoy a warm, lit up room and get on-line to get in touch with others. It was helpful that Orange & Rockland was dietribuitng dry ice but their locations and hours of operations were very limited.
Bob Davis November 13, 2012 at 01:06 PM
The Oakland police were terrific at keeping order at the gas pumps. The experience was so much better in Oakand than in Mahwah where chaotic conditions prevailed. It's fortunate that Oakland has a budget reserve to account for the necessary overtime expense.
Keith Ahearn November 13, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Oakland did a fine job in handling the things that were within their control. The lake was lowered in advance of the storm and was coordinated with our neighbors downstream so they wouldn't get the overflow. The Mayor made good use of the reverse 911 system and kept everying informed as much as possible. Wish the schools had been a bit more proactive with the closures (K-8 waited to close despite the RIH schools closing for the week) rather than wait until the night before. Overall, Oakland was prepared and handled it well. Thanks to all of our first responders as well as our DPW crews who were out before, during and after the storm working to clear down trees as soon as possible.
John A. Unglert November 13, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Wyckoff did a fine job. With over 90% of the Town with power out, very large size trees down on most streets, coping with difficult answer from O&R and PSE&G, they officials and volunteers did their absolute best. Mr. Kevin Rooney did a great job getting the Getty Station open and serving Wyckoff in this capacity also. At least the Town had some supply of gasoline to keep as many running as possible. My thanks Mr. Rooney for going above and beyond as you always seem to do. Your thoughts are always how you can help the Wyckoff residents and its always in actions. Some will want to complain and complain I am sure. However myself and I can speak for many of my neighbors believe that the Town did a diffcult job in the best ways possible. My thanks to the Town are on my last blog.
Mary Ellen Marra November 13, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Franklin Lakes Mayor, Council, OEM, DPW and Police were wonderful. We had daily messages from Borough hall, Fire department had a shelter for everyone, DPW cleared the streets for everyone, OEM provided ice and water, town hall was open for residents to use for recharging or to run thier laptop, Police kept everyone safe, and there was much, much more! I felt blessed to have made it through the storm with relatively minor damage and had no problem with how long power restoration took. Workers from Georgia Power were in our town working hard and I personally appreciate all that everyone did!
ele November 13, 2012 at 08:35 PM
We had power throughout the storm but when Long Hill was closed to remove debris we lost power and didn't get it restored for way too long. The mayor did a great job keeping everyone informed and we felt her frustration with Orange and Rockland.
Ed November 13, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Kudos to Mayor DePhillips for his tireless efforts of dealing with the always evasive and seemingly unconcerned O & R. I heard him on the phone a number of times holding their collective feet to the fire. It was also nice to see him interacting with the town's citizens and patiently listening to all the gripes and complaints. Just think, he did this even though his term is expiring and he's NOT running for re-election!! What a gem!!!
Steve Becker November 13, 2012 at 10:18 PM
While it seemed that some trees that were down across some major roads took too long to clear, without knowing how the lines of communication were between the towns and the utilities there can be little criticism of anyone's efforts overall. The scope of this storm and the damage done has never been seen before and the amount of work needing to be done to have power restored was a colossal undertaking. Anything under 2 weeks seemed to be a long time for those without power, but realistically that was a reasonable time frame for people working as hard as they could to get the job done.
NLTITAN November 14, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Good going Mayor DePhillips!!! He did everything he could to get the utility people in Wyckoff. BOOO Orange and Rockland and PSE&G. They better not have the gaul to raise their rates due to the hurricane!! Sorry John U. - Mr. Rooney was TOTALLY WRONG in selling gas to only Wyckoff residents. Do you go by that gas station at all? THERE IS HARDLY ANY ONE there because they can get gas for 20-30 cheaper down the road and NOW on Rt. 17!! Do you honestly think that this had nothing to do with the voting for re-election! Please John - get a grip! Oh Stever - agree but it took people from California, Oregon, etc., to clean up the mess!
NLTITAN November 14, 2012 at 02:13 PM
I meant 20-30 cents cheaper a GALLON!
qdogPa November 15, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Rooney serving gas only to Wyckoff residents was deplorable, anyone who is ok with him doing so is a hypocrite..I can guarantee that if a Wyckoff resident,myself ncluded, went to Home Hardware and wanted to buy a gas can, only to be told they were for Waldwick residents only,they would be very angry, to say the least..
Peter Kikot November 15, 2012 at 01:08 PM
They did do a great job. Having a reserve is absolutely necessary. Having too much in reserve would be irresponsible. Not sure what happened in Mahwah but I doubt it had anything to do with a budget reserve.
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