Sandy Prompts Fort Lee Mayor to Declare State of Emergency

The Fort Lee Mayor and Council issued an emergency declaration, which includes a pedestrian curfew and suspension of Halloween activities like trick-or-treating. Fort Lee police also urged residents to stay off the roads.

The Fort Lee Mayor and Council declared a state of emergency Tuesday for the borough in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the area.

Due to unsafe and “excessively hazardous conditions” caused by the storm, “which may affect the health, safety and welfare” of residents, the governing body issued the emergency order declaring the entire Borough of Fort Lee a disaster area.

According to the declaration, the reason is to maintain “an orderly flow of traffic,” and to protect people and property.

The five-part emergency declaration includes the following:

  • A mandatory pedestrian curfew between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

All non-emergency, non-essential pedestrian travel is prohibited until further notice as a result of “excessive unsafe conditions,” including live downed wires, unstable trees and flying debris.

  • The Fort Lee Police Department may close any roadway at any time at its discretion if they deem it to be unsafe
  • Halloween activities, including trick-or-treating are suspended until

further notice and unsafe conditions have been “completely abated”


  • Garbage collection is suspended until further notice


Residents cannot leave garbage cans or debris on the curb until the restriction is lifted.

  • All residents are ordered and to conserve water

The use of water for non-essential purposes is prohibited until further notice.

In addition, the Fort Lee Police Department issued a statement Tuesday morning:

The Fort Lee Police Department is asking that all residents stay off the streets until the roadways are reopened. There is still a danger of live wires from fallen trees. Some sidewalks and roads remain impassable. If you have to go out please do not try to climb over these trees, some may be laying on live wires. The Fort Lee Police Department encourages all residents to remain in their homes until the roads are cleared by the DPW and power is restored.

Patch will provide more information as it becomes available.

Jerry Wish October 31, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Rather than issue an overly wordy declaration, the mayor and council should have ordered the DPW to remove debris from the streets. All neighboring towns and council members aided their constituents with the clean up.
Dave Garcia October 31, 2012 at 07:13 PM
I just found out the community center is also running a genarator to supply power. What is this going to cost us. When pseg only has to fix that area first. It seems like trowing away money we do not have in the till. Fuel is not cheap
Quint October 31, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Absolutely, PSE&G should know that Fort Lee must be first in line in restoring power, and the DPW should have removed all of the debris, even the trees tangled in the power lines that PSE&G hasn't tended to yet. How dare they run a generator at a community center so people without power can come in and charge up cell phones, and warm up!! All they have to do is fix that area first, we need to alert pse&g immediately!! I bet they never thought of that.
Tim October 31, 2012 at 08:07 PM
everyone is too selfish and lazy. No one will do anything.
Dave Garcia October 31, 2012 at 08:40 PM
I wonder if Mark reads these. I wonder what his thoughts are on this.he is usually on top of the issue. But i think fort lee is pse&gs patsy on this. I would like to see fort lee get a credit from pse&g for fuel spent past today. Haha like that would happen.
Dave Garcia October 31, 2012 at 09:00 PM
I'm not saying fort lee should be first.And I like that they are using the community center to help people. Only that the grid with the police station and the community center should be a priority. So they can come off the generators. Which are costing all tax payers a lot of cash.
Mary proud October 31, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Outrageous that we are not getting timely updates on power issue. Shameful.
larry wadell October 31, 2012 at 10:22 PM
does anyone know why the big tree pictured on the web page is still hanging on the wires?????? it feel on monday????
larry wadell October 31, 2012 at 10:24 PM
does anyone know the status of power at 1600 center ave? seems they have zero power and a few elderly with special needs....
Fort Lee Truth November 01, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Most of the other towns have done a better job of removing fallen trees, debris, etc, then Fort Lee has.
Jerry Wish November 01, 2012 at 01:58 AM
we all know that our mayor loves to be in headlines . I drove by his law office today and was working, while the rest of us were trying to fuel for our cars and buy food for our families. Our town is a mess and there's nothing we can do about getting the mayor and council to clean it up. Wait until the first snow storm hits. Every neighboring town will have their plows out early to clean the streets , fort lee waits too long to start plowing and we wind up with another mess. Unless of course you live on Euclid way.
June G November 01, 2012 at 08:42 AM
Why is it taking Fort Lee so long to restore power. Most neighboring town are up and running. This is so crazy.
john q public November 01, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Fort Lee does not restore power, JUne, PSEG must do that. Did you happen to see that over 2 MILLION NJ residents still have no electric, so it is not only Fort Lee.
john q public November 01, 2012 at 11:23 AM
How can the DPW remove "ALL of the debris, even the trees tangled in the power lines.." when there is so much out. Give it time people, the storm only ended Tuesday morning. There is no magic wand to clean up all the mess. Trees in power lines won't get taken care of until PSEG makes sure the lines are dead. Typical Fort Lee, always want things taken care of right away and screw everyone else. Instead of all the complaints about how bad you all have it, be fortunate that trees and electric is all there is; unlike South Jersey where livelihoods are ruined and houses are uninhabitable.
Paul Umrichin November 01, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Are some of you really serious? This was a natural disaster. Unless you want to get out there and start restoring power shut up. The power is out..deal with it!! People are working diligently to rectify that right now and it takes time. lets get order restored for the plethora of ignorant, impatient, jerks who are driving like there are no rules at intersections. To all the Internet quarterbacks, you have no idea what it has taken so far to get this far. I haven't seen my wife much over the past few days because she has been one of the people providing the services Fort Lee has for its residents. Bunch of whiny babies living in this town.
Quint November 01, 2012 at 12:52 PM
I am active in more than one town forum, Fort Lee's is by far the most whiney complaining bunch. Other town's are praising their DPW workers who (just like for lee's) have been working around the clock to get to everything they can. Teaneck, Fair Lawn, Edgewater and other towns remain without power, so I don't know what surrounding towns you are talking about getting their power restored. "Day 5 no power. Called PSEG and they said they dont even have a work order for our neighborhood. Wondering what the mayor of Fair Lawn is doing to help remedy the situation." EVERYONE is out of power and hot water, EVERY building has old folks in it, as a matter of face our SENIOR HOUSING buildings are out as well. So get some of your canned food out and take it over to 505 North Avenue and help others before you complain so much.
Quint November 01, 2012 at 12:53 PM
My previous comments were obviously meant to be sarcastic, sorry if no one got it...
john q public November 01, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Quint, Sorry, got it now! And you are right about surrounding towns. Let people read The Record and see that Cliffside,Edgewater,Englewood Cliffs, Englewood, etc. all have power outages!
Kiran November 01, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Anyone has updates on when the power will be restored in Anderson Avenue fort lee?
Paul Umrichin November 01, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Quint your comments before made me laugh
G November 01, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Does anyone know, by chance, if the fort lee ferry bus is running? The ferry is running again on a limited schedule. Went to the borough's website...but no (never) updates when there's some weather or other disaster. Always fall upon edgewater's site when doing a google search...they are SO much better than this town!!!
Rona November 03, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Instead of everyone complaining it would be nice to see a volunteer force of citizens get out there to help the municipal operations. Just cleaning up seems to be a major issue and can easily be done by citizens without any liability issues.
Al Norton November 03, 2012 at 10:16 AM
Many thanks to Fort Lee Fire ,Police Administration and EMS. You guys are doing a great job!!
Al Norton November 03, 2012 at 10:18 AM
Mayor working hard-well done
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