Cinnaminson Cleans Up: Road Closures, Tree Removal Info

Mayor Brauckmann said public works' number one concern is fallen tree removal.

Two days after Hurricane Sandy, the cleanup efforts in Cinnaminson are well underway with public works dedicating all their efforts to tree removal.

Mayor Don Brauckmann reported there are about 20 homes without power left in Cinnaminson with thousands more spread out in the county.

EDIT: Mayor Don Brauckmann reported there are about 20 areas/clusters the township is aware of without power. Cinnaminson Patch regrets the error. 

“We’re all over it,” Brauckmann said of cleanup efforts. “We’ve had three crews dedicated to nothing but tree removal.”

Tuesday morning, Brauckmann and Frank Locantore, administrator, toured the town for fallen trees.

“Our list was originally at 50, but there are still some that are on lines that we can’t cut,” Brauckmann said.

There are dozens more on private property and residents are encouraged to contact their insurance companies for assistance. Brauckmann said there are several people going around to homes with fallen trees to give estimates.

“Make sure whoever is removing your trees are insured, try to check references if you can,” Brauckmann said. “Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who are trying to exploit the opportunity.”

Public works are vigilantly working on township trees, which include trees on the grass between residential sidewalks and the street.

However, trees cannot be removed if power lines are interfering so the township must wait for PSEG first.

If you have a power outage, call 800-436-PSEG to be put on their list. Select the prompt to receive notifications regarding your service request.

Residents are encouraged to put out brush and leaves—separated—for public works to pick up.

“Hopefully, it will be picked up by the end of the week when we get rid of the trees,” Brauckmann said.

He also asks that residents work with neighbors to consolidate piles.

The township parks will also be addressed today. A fence at the Wood Park tennis court was at a 45-degree angle, two telephone poles fell and knocked down football lighting at Fountain Farms and the Memorial Park track is not clear yet.

“Use caution at our parks,” Brauckmann said.

, as per a directive order from Gov. Chris Christie. The Palmyra Halloween Parade has been rescheduled to Thursday.

Brauckmann said the township would be applying for disaster aid if it’s made available to the township.

Here is a list of streets that are still closed and trees that still need removal as of noon Wednesday:

Road closures:

  • Fork Landing Road - flooding
  • Windsor at Windsor Ct - electrical wires
  • Stephen by Maureen - electrical wires
  • Hunterdon by Middlesex - electrical wires
  • Foxcroft and Woodhaven - electrical wires
  • Willow and Fernwood - electrical wires
  • Wayne between Windingbrook and Monticello - electrical wires
  • Erlington and Whitebirch - electrical wires
  • Wedgewood and Wynwood - electrical wires
  • Broadwood and oakwood - electrical wires
  • Saxony - electrical wires
  • Beachtree - trees and wires

 The following trees have yet to be removed:

  • 500 Wayne Dr - wires
  • Steohen Drive by Maureen - wires
  • Winding Lane - wires
  • Saxony Drive - wires
  • Greenwood and Golf
  • 1 Par Drive
  • 2419 Beverly Road - wires
  • 149 Wedgewood - wires
  • Plantation - wires
  • 122 Beechtree - wires
  • 2201 Hope Lane - wires
  • Fernwood and Willow - wires
  • 2169 Riverton Road - wires
Laurie October 31, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Are all 20 in Pheasant Run? We have reported it and have only heard that we will have power by Nov. 5. My family is cold and tired of darkness.
Janice October 31, 2012 at 10:54 PM
We don't have power either on Erlington, Mt. Vernon and some of White Birch. We also have a big tree laying in the road on Erlington and not sure why it hasn't been cut up yet? Please let us know when we can expect the tree to be gone. Thanks.
jen October 31, 2012 at 11:04 PM
There's about 20 houses near rush school without power too. If you count how many wires that are down on the list above its about 20 so maybe that what they meant.
Laurie October 31, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Oh, well someone needs to get their facts straight. I can't stand misinformation when my family is cold.
JMBB October 31, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Um...there are 13 houses on Saxony Drive w/o power still at 7:30pm on Wednesday night
brucr October 31, 2012 at 11:38 PM
There are around twenty on "erlington drive. I think the article dropped a zero.
John October 31, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Hey, if U want to help cut the tree yourself if there is no wires down....there are over 800,000 people without power so the list is long its not like this is a small storm...just remember patience is a virtue.....so suck it up
Christina Paciolla (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 11:56 PM
During my interview with the mayor, he said about 20. Now, I may have misheard him. I will get an updated number in the morning. Sorry for the confusion.
jen November 01, 2012 at 12:10 AM
I have sucked it up with no power and personally don't care about not having electric but to say 20 homes is very inacurate as you can see by the posts above. My real concern is all the downed wires and kids going to school tomorrow!
Christina Paciolla (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I have put an editor's note in the story. I just spoke with Mayor Brauckmann. He meant 20 neighborhoods/clusters in the township. Slight miscommunication. People still need to make sure PSEG is aware of their outage and call the number listed in the story. Thanks everyone for bringing the error to my attention.
Amy M November 01, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Well I just heard that we have power back on Waterford.. So hopefully you guys will have it soon too. I feel for you all.. It is very frustrating.
Janice November 01, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Jen, you are exactly right, I would think our council people would know what is going on in our town and how many houses are still affected before they make a statement in such a public forum. When I first read the article, I thought that Erlington, Mt. Vernon and White Birch must be the 20 houses left without power until I read your comment. Hope you get your electric back soon.
jen November 01, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Thanks Janice!! I hope you get power along with all the other residents that don't have any! I hope there are no problems with the kids and the wires that are still down!!
Laurie November 01, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Powers on in Pheasant Run! Yeah!
Erlington November 01, 2012 at 01:53 AM
We still have no power on Erlington and I saw several people that have called PSEG and they have an automated system saying they are aware of the outage and it'll be fixed by nov 5th which seems a bit long. Please try to get this problem fixed sooner. Cinnaminson says they can't fix until PSEG does something about the tree and PSEG says they can't do anything until the twp removes the tree. Can someone get accurate information to fix the problem and quickly as possible?
Christina Paciolla (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Erlington, The township can only remove township trees, which are trees say on the strip of grass between your sidewalk and the curb. Trees that are on private property—like in side, front or back yards—need to be removed by the homeowner.
Mark November 01, 2012 at 05:59 AM
The tree on Erlington and on Saxony are both township owned trees as the have fallen from that small patch (no pun intended Patch) of township owned property. I agree that as long as the trees are up against the wires and transformers, they should NOT be touched by anyone. PSE&G and Public Works need to communicate on how these jobs are going to completed before a child gets injured or worse dies. Saxony is the road adjacent to New Albany School for God sake!
Nancy VanTwistern November 01, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Can you imagine how it is for the people living along the Jersey Coast who have had the only home they have destroyed? What we, in Cinnaminson, have experienced is nothing compared to those people. I guess we all will need some patience as only so much can be done at a time. At least we are alive. Wasn't aware until reading the post how many were w/o power in Cinnaminson......wonder why the opened the schools if there are so many wires and trees down?????
Lo Do November 01, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Christine, what about the trees that are still laying on the wires in Rolling Greens, where we have no sidewalks?...who decides who has responsibility for the tree if it's 4 feet from the curb?...Oh yaeh...still no power on Buttonwood Lane for about 15 homes as of 12:30 PM Thursday
Lo Do November 01, 2012 at 04:43 PM
The kids needed to get back to school!...If they were at home, they'd be out playing anyway...and the wires are still there whether they are playing or going to school...and the additional burden for parents that have to pay additional babysitters, or miss work themselves to watch their kids is creating more financial stress on the citizens when they have less money than ever before!
Joe Galbraith November 01, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Wedgewood to Buttonwood to Winding Lane (One house on Winding - mine) still w/o power. when I left for work this morning the tree/wires on Wedgewood that are causing this outage still look like they did Monday night.
Christina Paciolla (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Lowell, you need to contact PSEG and the township to ask those questions. I unfortunately do not have those answers for you.
Christina Paciolla (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 05:58 PM
If you are still without power, and would like to be interviewed for a story I am writing for tomorrow, please email me at christina.paciolla@patch.com. I would like to speak to a few different neighbors in neighborhoods around Cinnaminson (or Palmyra and Riverton). Share this post. I will be conducting interviews later today. Email me with your name, where you live, and a contact # to reach you. Thanks. —Christina, Editor
Lo Do November 01, 2012 at 08:46 PM
I just saw a man from PSE&G stopped and was looking at the Wedgewood tree/wire mess..maybe he's formulating an action plan!...we'll keep our fingers crossed!
jen November 02, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Yes, there was a PSE&G truck out there this afternoon. Driving around the neighborhood this evening I believe there are more like 20-25 houses out just because of that wire/transformer being down. Knowing how bad things could have been, my family having to deal with no eclectic is not a big deal. The thing that bothers me is the part of the children having to walk near all the wires! Today my daughter told me that the bus driver wouldn't let a girl off the bus because it wasn't her regular stop. Even after explaining that if she was dropped off at her normal stop she would have to walk through the mess (downed wires/transformer) the bus driver wouldn't let her off! I have written to Dr. Illuzzi trying to understand why they would have school knowing there were approx. 20 wires still down but he still has not gotten back to me. I understand both arguments to kids having school and not having school because of the wires. But really, dropping a child off knowing they will have to walk near the transformer and wires! How is that helping to keep the child safe. Hopefully we will never have to be in this type of situation again and if we do hopefully the same mistakes won't happen!
Christina Paciolla (Editor) November 02, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Are either of you residents of Wedgewood Drive? I spoke to one neighbor this evening and would love to speak to at least one or two more neighbors about the situation over there. Please email me at christina.paciolla@patch.com if you'd like to speak with me. Thanks so much and be safe.
jen November 02, 2012 at 02:41 AM
I was just told by a friend that around 8pm this evening, PSE&G were working on the Wedgewood/Wynwood power lines/transformer. I can not tell if they are still there though. Just watched the weather and they are tracking another possible coastal storm. Hopefully everyone without power will have it soon!!!!
jen November 02, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Just an update and apology. My daughter got on the bus this morning and spoke to the girl in question in my statement from above. It seem as though the bus driver tried going up the street that was closed even though they told her it was blocked and then dropped her off in a different location. Thank goodness. I apologize for the misinformation! I would like to know why the bus drivers were obviously not made aware of the street closures.
John November 02, 2012 at 07:22 PM
How would they chat with each other if they do not have CB radios....interesting
jen November 02, 2012 at 07:37 PM
John, I am confused by your statement. If you are referring to the bus drivers knowing about road closures, read the article above. They are clearly named and the township is aware of them. Why did the school board not contact the township or vise versa to find this information before picking the kids up for school.. And the bus drivers do have radios on the buses so they can be in contact with the transportation department.


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