JCP&L: 'Most' of Twp. Restored by Wednesday

Utility provider denies rumors of additional time for power restoration.

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.

deb knobelman November 06, 2012 at 09:43 PM
where are you looking?? i've seen them every day.
bill November 06, 2012 at 09:44 PM
I posted about WRNJ twice in the past week. AM 1510; 2 FM stations the numbers of which I can't recall. They are the best source of local info that I know of.
Ljm09 November 06, 2012 at 09:47 PM
What is happening here is an atrocity. Does anybody have any ideas on how to get what is going on out to the news and media because it is very obvious the elected officials really don't care. This town has been left behind and people are suffering, especially our kids.
Bill Young November 06, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Seriously. I don't have power but I have been using Facebook, twittering, patch, JCP&L outage map etc. to get info. that's a lame excuse
Bobby39 November 06, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Well said Greg. Jcp&l u suck! I feel for all who lost everything, but are we going to wait years to rebuild the shore before we get power ? Jcp&l management should all be fired and left in the dark.haha. If they would send help we could be restored quickly !
Mrs.C November 06, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Last year there was a township meeting with JCP&L after the Hurricane Irene and the October snow storm debacles. Only 50 residents or so showed up and voiced their concerns and demands for better communications. Perhaps if we have another meeting this year, more residents can find the time to attend.
duh November 06, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Great point. Bring the jcpl management team back and let them listen to what we have to say!
DV2009 November 07, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Anyone see a crew yet? Not here on the mountain. Lucky few got their power back Friday. The rest of us sit, wait and detour around Naughright for the 8th day in a row...
LV Father November 07, 2012 at 12:03 AM
deb knobelman November 07, 2012 at 12:14 AM
i've heard that same lament from people in at least five other towns. maybe people don't realize the scope of the damage? one ride down to morristown was enough to convince me that we are not alone...this was one gigantic storm.
LV Father November 07, 2012 at 12:14 AM
I can understand the circumstances. However, I would feel a whole lot better about the situation if over the past week of driving from place to place I saw one just one jcpl crew working somewhere. But I have not. I'm sure that maybe there is a crew somewhere as some people have been restored but it cant be much a work force. All i have seen is century link crews working on phone lines. So if you see a crew actually doing work, please post it! Also I would be interested to know if it is a JCPL crew or if they actually did bring in out of state utilities or private contractors to help.
deb knobelman November 07, 2012 at 12:35 AM
saw them working on flocktown, and half an hour later our power came on. also, the day after the storm, two trucks which were coming out of quail stopped by our house to regroup and communicate with someone else. my husband was out walking the dogs, and talked to them. one guy was from indiana, and another said he was from ohio. they told us they were just starting to prioritize at that point , and couldn't even begin to guess at anythng. they were continually driving in and out towards the power lines which cut thru quail ridge.
Jackie November 07, 2012 at 02:40 AM
I agree with all of you ..yes. We are very lucky that we didn't have extreme loss like the shore . My heart breaks for them. I must say though, when no one does anything for this long ..people take matters into their own hands. Public safety should be # 1 We need to stand up to this, share info with each other because apparently that is all we have, & call our representatives, our mayor, our Govenor ..this is an outrage. For all we pay this company, we should have honest answers.When our Board of Ed & Police cancel school for the next 2 days due to 80% power outage in our town compared to the 58% reported by JCP&L . Did any of you see the newest timeline for power in our town ? Today 11/6 = 1,570 restored. Tomorrow 11/7= 420, Thurs.11/8=688, Friday 11/9= 0, Sat.11/10=1,299. Friday zero ??!! This is beyond unbelievable and this is only in our town, this doesn't reflect everything happening around our beautiful state. So much more is going on !! Check out the Facebook page "JCP&L needs to answer" group page. Obviously, as I ride around from one side of the township to the other to be with my Parents who are taking care of my children while I am working ..I see no one. My lovely neighbor on Mission road who had a huge tree fall on power lines & block the road (See the picture on the Facebook group page) had 3 different groups tell him on 3 different days "we will take care of this for you" and never returned, called or showed up over 9 days.
Jackie November 07, 2012 at 02:44 AM
I really believe the numbers calculated by JCP&L are fictitious, & outright lies especially when I see so little light coming from homes as I drive from one end of the township to the other. Trees hanging over our heads, roads closed for 9 days & sadly people taking the matters in their own hands which has a bad outcome for so many in our county & state at our area hospitals
Cody69 November 07, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Yesterday their data stated 3992 outages with a plan to restore 1570. Today their data says Wash Twp has 4456 outages, which means their estimates are off by 2034 in one day.
Long time LV Resident November 07, 2012 at 02:11 PM
The outage maps are really of no use to individuals that want to know when their power is coming on. It's for a political user, period. The aggregate really doesn't matter to the individual that wants to know when to expect their power. In this day and age, I find it unfathomable that I can't understand what area of the grid I'm on, what issues are affecting me (downed wires, downed pole, downed transformer, destroyed substation, etc), and the priority with which that is getting done. I would feel better being able to track the priority list, understanding that my area is 100 in the list, and they are at 20 (still working on hospitals, schools, major roadways). Based on progress, I can adjust my expectation. The empty promises and guesswork based on zero empirical evidence of what exists on the ground is really what's inflammatory and frustrating for people, and is really what's fueling the majority of these posts. People just don't know what to expect, and that's uncomfortable and disconcerting. Decisions about whether school is opening, whether I can take my family out of the area, whether a gas station will open soon can all be made more accurately with a little more transparency into the process. I applaud the guys working on the line, sacrificing time with their own families...they're really not the issue. Nor is the shore. It comes down to basic communication, and in the communication age, I expect more of my utility provider.
deb knobelman November 07, 2012 at 02:13 PM
there could be areas which are restored only to then fail.
Bill Young November 07, 2012 at 02:23 PM
the number of outages in wash Twp Morris county went UP last night not down by the 1,364 they promised
Jackie November 07, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Long Time LV Resident ..I applaud you for your eloquent words & will use them when I call the Govenor's Cell phone today. You are absolutely correct ..we must hold them responsible & accountable for what is going on. Their totals for total power outages in our town & I am sure the rest of the state should not fluctuate ..their accuracy makes us all feel they have no idea what is happening ! So everyone call your mayor's offices, senators, representatives, our govenor, the board of public utilities, & especially the better business bureau. They work & represent us !
Bill C November 07, 2012 at 03:46 PM
The one crew that I have seen in town is not JCP&L, They are from Ohio. I did see a JCP&L pick-up truck that I tried to flag down but he sped up instead. The number of outage effected homes went up overnight. The trees across Fairmount road have not been touched. The trees of Bartley-Flanders and Old 24 that are leaning against the power lines have not been touched. Drove down 206 yesterday and only saw one crew (BTW the one I saw from Ohio last week) working on the lines. And the "fix" they made to the power lines on Schooley Mtn Rd was to cut the downed pole and lash the wires to a tree that is leaning toward the road. Oh that seems like an accident ready to happen.
Jason Koestenblatt (Editor) November 07, 2012 at 03:50 PM
All - Thanks so much for the conversation and keeping each other informed. We spoke with JCP&L this morning as well as our local Department of Public Works regarding the impending Nor'easter. Go here to find out more: http://patch.com/A-zv43
deb knobelman November 07, 2012 at 05:18 PM
heard yesterday from the wife of a lineman, that his crew worked six hours on a problem, only to have it break when the juice was turned back on.
Long time LV Resident November 07, 2012 at 05:29 PM
That's exactly the point...would you be upset with a guy whose been working non-stop since the storm, who spent six hours trying to solve your problem, and ran into an issue? No...if that type of information were available for public consumption, I think it would do a lot to alleviate some of the angst.
Cody69 November 07, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Jcp&l has revised their estimate and are now saying the majority of customers will have service restored by Sunday night. Certainly more realistic, but not encouraging to say the least.
Ross Morrissey November 07, 2012 at 07:24 PM
This conflicts their own website which says sun the 11th! Just look at all the down wires & poles still on 517 - ain't gonna be today...btw did we elect a new mayor yesterday? Stay warm & hydrate... Capt Morrissey
deb knobelman November 07, 2012 at 08:17 PM
i don't think we need jcp&l to tell us that they run into problems. anyone who has ever done any project in his own home,and who exercises a bit of brain, realizes that things don't usually go as planned. how many times have you done something which you THOUGHT would take 20 minutes, and ended up taking hours, and several trips to home depot? heard today that there are 18,000 workers in nj right now, who will continue to work until the wind reaches 40 mph.
Long time LV Resident November 07, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Parker Acres just came up...except for me. I've got downed wire affecting 3 of us. Understandable...
Big Man November 07, 2012 at 11:43 PM
JCPL said we could be without power until December, and I believe it.
Jackie November 07, 2012 at 11:48 PM
See NJ.com for Mayor Short's quotes on what he thinks about JCP&L's numbers of outages. Glad we have the proof that they are lying !!!Yes !!! Call (609)-292-6000 our Govenor wants our info to keep track of the real stories here. Go get 'em Christie !
Disappointed in LV November 09, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Well Wed cmae and went - hereit is Friday and still many without power - why do we think JCP&L is telling the truth now?


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