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Sandy Aftermath: A Week of Devastation

A look back at some of the top stories from the week that Hurricane Sandy caused devastation to thousands of residents, destroying homes and knocking out power.


  • This is the first report we received of power outages in Hopatcong and Sparta during Hurricane Sandy at about 8 p.m. on Monday night. The power outages increased from here, knocking 100 percent out in Hopatcong, and about 97 percent in Sparta on Tuesday.
  • Hopatcong High School Open For Shelter
    The high school opened for a shelther at about 11 p.m. Monday night during the storm, as more residents began to experience power outages as trees and wires started falling around their properties.
  • Sparta Cop Not Hurt After Fallen Trees Trap Him in Car
    Sparta Police said Officer Jeffery McCarrick escaped injury after he was trapped in his patrol car for about a half-hour when two trees fell on the vehicle. Police said McCarrick was traveling on Lafayette Road to a report of a tree that had fallen into a West Shore Trail home.


  • The storm left 100 percent of Hopatcong without power the morning after Sandy pummeled through the northeast. JCP&L and DPW crews began working on the streets cleaning up the downed wires and trees.
  • Sandy Rips Through Sparta [Photos]
    Devastating photos of some of the aftermath in Sparta taken on Tuesday.


  • Residents Head to High School to Escape 'Warzone'
    We caught up with some residents who were at the Hopatcong High School shelter the day after Sandy. Some residents who went had homes destroyed, others just wanted to stay warm and eat.

  • This is the first report we heard of power being restored in both towns. Sparta had some power back in businesses around town center and in Lake Mohawk on Wednesday evening.
  • 100 Percent Still Without Power in Hopatcong
    As of Wednesday, police said the borough was still completely without power as JCP&L and DPW crews continued to work to clean up debris.


  • Hopatcong Mayor: 'Most Important Thing Is We Have Food and Shelter'
    Mayor Petillo said residents should use the high school shelter for warmth and food, as the whole borough remained completely without power. The Red Cross has been donating cots, food, and other items for the residents in need.

  • Sparta Police posted several important notices for residents, including how residents should conserve water and how to safely dispose brush.
  • Hopatcong Teachers: Tell Us What You Need
    Hopatcong teachers got together and started reaching out for help and donations for residents at the high school shelter.


  • Tree Crushes Teen's Leg During Sandy Cleanup
    A 19-year-old Green Township resident was seriously injured in Sparta on Thursday when he was using a chainsaw to clean up a few trees, and the lower section of one of the trees snapped back and smashed his lower left leg, police said.

  • Borough officials said they are working with Stanhope to share resources, information, and OEM personnel to get through the Sandy aftermath together.
  • Voting for Tuesday Set in Hopatcong and Sparta
    Despite the devastating aftermath of Tropical Storm Sandy while many residents still remain without power, voting on Tuesday will still go on, with several polling locations revised.

Read all of our Hopatcong-Sparta Sandy coverage here.

Robin C. November 04, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Want to thank my friends, Alice & Dave Gul, for traveling up to Hopatcong with donations they received from their hometown of Bloomingdale and bringing them to the shelter at Hopatcong High School for the displaced residents & volunteers there!!! What a wonderful good deed from Hopatcong's newest business owners of the Bluegill Cafe!!!
Mccall Growney November 04, 2012 at 01:46 PM
This is the house I grew up in when my family lived in Sparta! We owned it from 1968-1980. It makes me sad to look at it. Hope the family who owns it is safe! It would be nice to see how you rebuild....
Kelly Rahill November 04, 2012 at 10:02 PM
I think you forgot to acknowledge the fact that Hopatcong fire department was out during the worst of the storm and then on Tuesday they were also out helping to clear the roads with DPW. They left their own families to help those in need. I would like to thank the guys and gals on the Hopatcong Fire dept! Great job guys:)


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