Officials in Newark are reporting that a number of schools and neighborhoods have reported power outages due to today’s heavy rainfall.
Officials said the list of schools experiencing outages include:
• Central High School (which has declared an early dismissal)
• Cleveland Elementary
• Avon Ave. Elementary
• Camden Middle Elementary
The following schools in the North Ward have reported some power issues, but are not currently experiencing full outages:
• Barringer High School
• McKinley Elementary
• Brank Brook Elementary
Members of the Newark Police Division will be manning traffic control points in the affected areas.
Many streets may be flooded and should be avoided. Because motorists can become stranded by driving through flooded streets and high water, drivers are asked to avoid these locations and to use alternative routes.
In addition to the below listed streets, drivers are discouraged from traveling through any streets that are flooded, have high water or are believed to be flooded.
The Department of Public Safety is coordinating responses to burglar alarms, flooding conditions and other weather-related incidents through the combined use of Police, Fire and Office of Emergency Management Personnel. Special attention should be given to unsecured outdoor furniture, awnings, refuse and building materials.
The following locations should be avoided due to flooding conditions or the potential for flooding:
• Clay Street and McCarter Highway
• South Street and Van Buren Street
• Jefferson and Chestnut Streets
• State Street near Broad Street
• Jabez and Backus Streets
• 357 Wilson Avenue
• Manufacturers Place and Hyatt Street
• Magazine Street and Avenue L
• Avenue L and Wilson Avenue
• Ferry and Foundry Streets
• Norfolk Street
• Orange Street
• Nesbitt Street
• McClellan and Frelinghuysen Avenue, and
• Frelinghuysen Avenue and the Route 21 underpass
Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.
Director Ambrose is urging anyone with information about any criminal or suspicious activity to call the Department's 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477) or 1-877-NWK-GUNS (1-877-695-4867). All anonymous Crime Stopper tips are kept confidential and could result in a reward.