On the advice of OEM Director Brad Myhre and Police Chief Alan Kurylka, I am declaring a state of emergency in Frenchtown and ordering all vehicles to be off the roads by 7 p.m. this evening. In this, we are taking action similar to that of other New Jersey communities.
Commuters on their way home from work will not be targeted for action by police, but residents and others who attempt to drive downtown to view conditions at the river will be told to go home.
The storm continues to build in intensity as it heads our way. At about 2:15 a gust of wind cracked the trunk of a tree in Councilman Seth Grossman’s yard and sent heavy limbs and foliage into his house. Police, fire and rescue teams anticipate more of the same as the full strength of the storm hits Frenchtown.
Please be respectful of the power of this storm and stay indoors. Stay away from windows and have emergency lights and other equipment near at hand in case the power goes out.
If you must go outside, be aware that the wind could bring down a tree, limbs and power lines at any moment. Under no circumstances should residents approach a downed wire. It could appear safe and still provide a lethal jolt.
Please keep a close watch on children and pets and stay aware of the needs of elderly neighbors and others who could require assistance.
If you experience a true emergency, don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1. If you need assistance that is not emergent in nature, please contact the OEM Communications Center at 996-2341.