West New York closes schools ahead of nor’easter
Officials in West New York decided to close schools Monday ahead of a powerful nor'easter.
Public Works crews and first responders began working early Monday morning to clear loose branches, unclog storm drains and have emergency vehicles ready in case of an emergency.
"This is a coordinated attack against the storm that is hitting us," said West New York Mayor Felix Roque.
School Superintendent Clara Brito Herrera said the decision was made to close the schools because a majority of the 8,500 students walk to school and officials wanted them to be safe.
"We have one school that's being repaired with a lot of scaffolds around it, and that's an area where many of our students meet to walk through. It's on Broadway Avenue. We were quite concerned about that," the superintendent said.
The nor'easter caused strong winds throughout the Garden State, with some areas seeing winds upward of 60 mph.
"What I'm worried about is any flying debris, any cables falling and injuring people," said Mayor Roque.
All residents were urged to stay indoors Monday due to the intensity of the storm.
The windy and rainy conditions were expected to last into Tuesday.