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November 3, 2012

Orange to Orange

ORANGE, N.J. — There is a township in New Jersey with a familiar name to us here in Orange County.

One thing Orange, New Jersey is not familiar with though is hurricanes.

That is why when Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast this week the city was dealt a big blow it was not really prepared to handle.

Hurricane Sandy brought a significant amount of high winds to Orange, New Jersey.

Keith Royster, director of communications for the city, said winds of 80 mph were the main problem for his city.

“This was very new to us,” Royster said. “We have power out in huge sections of the city. We are using chainsaws and really anything we can use to cut the tree limbs and trees that have fallen.”

It sounded all too familiar to Orange County’s problem after Hurricane Rita. Rita’s strong winds left many residents without power for a significant amount of time.

Royster said there were some areas of Orange, New Jersey which saw some flooding but it was nothing like what New York City and other places in New Jersey are having to deal with this week.

Drinking water though is a concern and one his city is trying to assist residents with each day.

Several locations in the city have been set up and water is being donated to residents.

“We are trying to make sure people have water to drink during this crisis,” Royster said. “We certainly appreciate the thoughts and prayers from all over the country. We are also thankful to the utility companies and other workers who have come in and are trying to get us back up and running. It is very much appreciated.”

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