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Sandy Ripped 173 Montville Trees Out of Ground, Into Road

Officials share statistics in aftermath of storm.

Post-storm evaluation of Superstorm Sandy has shed light on the magnitude of the storm's effect on Montville.

Township Administrator Victor Canning presented a post-storm assessment at Tuesday's township committee meeting. At the conclusion of his report, he reviewed some statistics of the storm's impact, including the number of emergency calls, downed trees (see chart below) and police and Department of Public Works (DPW) overtime costs.

According to the report, police logged 428 hours of overtime immediately following the storm. Police dispatchers logged 105 hours of overtime and the total cost for overtime of the police department was $43,196.58.

DPW facilities employees used 146 hours of overtime while roads crews used 346 hours of overtime and the water and sewer department employees worked 90 hours of overtime. This amounted to a cost of $24,799.62. Social services employees also put in extra hours, which cost the township $1,575.60.

The following statistics were gathered for the time period between Oct. 29 and Nov. 14.*

Fire Dept. Calls (dispatched events) 42 EMS Calls (dispatched events) 62 Police Calls for Utilities 144 Police Calls for Welfare Checks 42 Police Dispatch Calls (inbound) 7,882 Police Dispatch Calls (outbound) 2,157 Police Dispatch Center (calls handled) 10,039 Trees That Fell in Roadway 173 Trees That Took Down Power Lines (private property) 57 Trees That Took Down Power Lines (public property) 13 Fallen/Broken Utility Poles 9 Trees That Damaged Sidewalks (1,058 linear feet of concrete) 70 Township Warming Centers (days of operation) 8 Warming Centers (families that utilized centers) 1,407 Overnight Sheltering (total number of people over five nights) 42

*Information from Montville Township Hurricane Sandy After Storm Review and Recommendations, December 5, 2012.

Craig Chapman December 14, 2012 at 01:33 PM
7 down in my yard!
Louise December 14, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Yeah the headline is bad here. I knew 173 was way low. That is apparently the number of trees that fell in the road.
Ariana Cohn-Sheehan (Editor) December 14, 2012 at 05:37 PM
I updated the headline to reflect that these were the trees in the roadway.
michele caron December 14, 2012 at 11:58 PM
So sad. It's never a good thing to lose a tree. Let's make an effort to replant in safer areas and keep Montville a beautiful tree community.
Ivonne Carvajal December 15, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Nine utility poles seems really low.

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