Butler Electric Crews Pulled From Restoring Power, Cops Say

Dangerous conditions prevent electric workers from entering field.

Butler Electric crews have been instructed not to go out and restore power lines in Smoke Rise Monday evening as conditions were too dangerous, Kinnelon police Lt. John Schwartz said.

Kinnelon residents were first notified that the crews would be unable to restore power through a Textcaster message sent by the school district around 6:15 p.m.

"Please prepare for an extended power outage in Smoke Rise. Butler Power has necessarily shut down the feeders into Smoke Rise due to numerous hazards. Bucket trucks have been pulled due to high winds and hazardous conditions," the alert said.

In Kinnelon, Schwartz said many power outages were reported throughout the borough.

"We have multiple poles down, multiple trees down," Schwartz said.

Kinnelon Volunteer Fire Co. members were dispatched to check on downed wires to ensure they were not live and active. Schwartz said none of the main roads in Kinnelon were closed, but smaller streets were shut down because of wires, trees and poles in them. He advised motorists to avoid the roadways.

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