Some 3,943 residences were still without power Tuesday morning, a full week after Hurricane Sandy created widespread destruction in Washington Township.
The number dropped nearly 1,400 residences from Monday night, but the town remains the leader in the county as far as percentage of outages is concerned.
Rumors have begun swirling about additional time–up to two weeks even–for the township to be without power, but utility provider Jersey Central Power & Light denies that time frame.
“We’ve never reported an additional two weeks without power,” JCP&L Media Relations Manager Ron Morano said Tuesday morning. “Washington Township was hit hard and has a lot of trees and hills. It’s a long process.”
Morano said he and the company stand behind the promise that “most” residences in Washington Township would be restored by Wednesday, Nov. 7, but declined to pinpoint an exact number or percentage.
Township officials request residents continue to call JCP&L each day their power is not restored.
To complicate matters, meteorologists are calling for a Nor’easter to hit the area Wednesday into Thursday this week, which could further complicate power restoration efforts.