Report: 75 Percent of Franklin Lakes Without Power

Mayor Frank Bivona: "It is critical that residents stay safe by staying home. If you can, don't go to work in the morning."

Nearly all of Franklin Lakes is in the dark right now, according to Franklin Lakes Mayor Frank Bivona.

Bivona received word from Orange & Rockland that nearly 75 percent of borough homes are without power.

"Trees, branches, utility poles and power lines are down in many areas of town, with roads blocked and impassable," Bivona told residents. "At this time, it is critical that residents stay safe by staying home. If you can, don't go to work in the morning. The roads are hazardous. Keep the roads clear for emergency vehicles."

The mayor provided several safety tips to Franklin Lakes residents 

  • For safety's sake, don't touch or approach any downed wire. Assume it is energized and dangerous. Call Orange & Rockland immediately at 1-877-434-4100 if you see a downed power line. Let the Police Department know by calling 201-891-3131.
  • Maintain a distance of at least 50 feet from downed wires and anything they are in contact with including puddles of water and fences. Supervise your children so that they are not in the vicinity and keep pets on a leash.
  • If a fallen wire is draped over a car, do not approach the car and make rescue attempts. Remain a safe distance away, and try to keep the occupant of the vehicle calm. If possible, emergency personnel should handle the situation.

If you experience a power outage, don't assume that Orange & Rockland automatically knows about it or that someone else will report it. To be sure that the outage is reported, please call Orange & Rockland at 1-877-434-4100 or report the outage atwww.oru.com. If you are trapped at home because of fallen trees, branches or power lines and need to get out for medical care or some other emergency, call the Police Department at 201-891-3131. Above all, stay safe at home.

For more local Hurricane Sandy news click here:

  • Sandy Central On Patch
  • Gallery: Hurricane Sandy Knocking on Your Door
  • Preparing for Hurricane Sandy in Wyckoff: What You Need to Know
  • DePhillips on Hurricane Sandy's Impact: Strong Winds Likely to KO Electricity
  • Mayor Bivona: 'Massive' Hurricane Sandy Could Cut Power for Days

Have a question or news tip? Contact editor Joseph M. Gerace at Joseph.Gerace@patch.com, or find us on Facebook and Twitter. For news straight to your inbox every morning, sign up for our daily newsletter.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »