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JCP&L reports thousands without electricity.

Just as area residents are recovering from the emotional and financial trauma of a week long power outage after the Oct. 29 storm, on a calm day with slight drizzle, thousands are again without power in the Long Valley area.

Lt. Mark Niemynski of the Washington Township Police said as of 2:15 p.m., he did not know what was causing the outage. He said there is nothing within the boundaries of the township that is the source of the problem. 

The outage happened at approximately 12:30 p.m.

JCP&L's online outage map showed somewhere between 500 and 2000 customers without power in the Long Valley area. It showed somewhere under 500 customers without power in areas it designates as Hackettstown, Washington, Califon and Chester (the power company lists services outages per zip code).

Among the areas without power was the .

The community's been plagued by outages several times over the last few months, after damage caused by Hurricane Irene, major flooding incidents, and the pre-Halloween snowstorm that downed trees and poles.  to answer questions and address concerns.

Mickey Singh, Owner of the Long Valley Pharmacy on Route 24 said they can't process any prescriptions and they are hoping to get a generator.

During a recent power outage they lost $10,000 in inventory and he asked JCP&L to pay for the loss and it was denied.

"JCP&L is becoming ridiculous," said Singh.

"If I put it through on my own insurance, then my rates go up -- for something I have absolutely no control over," said Singh. 

He said, "It's their job to restore power in a timely manner." 

Singh said that JCP&L told him that it is expecting power to be restored by 3 p.m. 

 

Outages have been reported on the following roads: Flocktown, Parker, Cobblestone and intermittent outages on Wehrli. 

Joseph Keyes November 16, 2011 at 07:50 PM
We're back....2:48 p.m.
Beth November 16, 2011 at 07:53 PM
E Valley Brook lost power around 12:30. It just now came back on. Feeling thankful.
Kristina Cunningham November 16, 2011 at 08:00 PM
Power out on Fox Hill Rd. This is ridiculous!
Tonni von Schaumburg November 16, 2011 at 08:00 PM
Highland Avenue came back on around 2:50 PM.
Karen Glassman November 16, 2011 at 08:09 PM
Lights on Fleming Court came back on about 20 minutes ago. Hurray! I'm crossing my fingers that it stays on.
LV Mom November 16, 2011 at 08:13 PM
And so it continues.....
wtgodot November 16, 2011 at 08:17 PM
another great contribution of our committeemen
MaryLynn Schiavi November 16, 2011 at 09:44 PM
Is anyone still out of power? It looks like power is restored along route 24.
Christy Ward November 16, 2011 at 10:07 PM
However, we have had internet problems here that may have been related to power outages that didn't reach us. Cable guy just left but it took a while to get us up and running.
MTSO November 16, 2011 at 11:00 PM
Power restored on part of Ann Road at 5:30PM. They finally called me back at 5:45 and said they expected the power back by 6:30PM but don't count on it. JCP&L are clueless. I am putting in another BPU compaint.
PatienceWorth November 16, 2011 at 11:13 PM
Yes, the towns with better committeemen didn't lose power. Idiot.
Donna Muccione November 16, 2011 at 11:41 PM
Power just came on at Spring Ln...it was out since 2:30pm....
cv November 16, 2011 at 11:46 PM
Power went out 1:45 on parkview came back at 5:30. Its not even severe weather, Time to shop for a new power company Long Valley
MaryLynn Schiavi November 17, 2011 at 12:26 AM
Received notice from Lt. Mark Niemynski of the Washington Township Police Department about two hours ago. He was told that the source of the problem was a power line in Chester snapped due to a downed tree. He said he was not told how many people were affected or how long it would take to restore full power to everyone involved.
Tracy Tobin November 17, 2011 at 02:36 AM
A recent newspaper article quoted a Board of Public Utilities (BPU) representative as saying they had been have been working on complaints about JCP&L performance since 2003. I think it is time for us to talk to our State Legislative representatives about the BPU's performance. If the BPU can't get results after 8 years maybe the State should dissolve the Board and transfer responsibilities to an existing State agency that can get something done. Don't ask me which agency, but we don't seem to be getting much for our tax dollars under the existing system.
Lisa Foster-Clarke November 17, 2011 at 11:09 AM
Not surprised at all about our power loss yesterday
Joanne November 17, 2011 at 11:13 AM
Traveling from LV to Chester on RT 24 I have seen numberous trees and or limbs dangling on the wires, so doesn't surprise me in the least, I figured we'd hear someone was speared with a limb with disasterous results any day now
Lisa Foster-Clarke November 17, 2011 at 11:30 AM
My comments keep getting cut off?
Bill C November 17, 2011 at 12:52 PM
LV Power out, not other surrounding towns. LV roads in dis-repair, surrounding towns roads perfect. Yes JCP&L needs to be taken to task but when are we going to take our own elected officials to task. The infrastructure of this town is an embarrassment and we keep electing the same people. They don't do anything to get things fixed.
LV Mom November 17, 2011 at 02:17 PM
@Tracy: I certainly agree. I complain to the BPU on a continual basis for the past 10 years and never get anywhere. Apparantly, they cannot do the job the organization is designed to do, so we need to find another resolution. We should not have to live without power for days at a time, for no reason at all (in all instances other than major storms where I live).
Jennifer Simon November 17, 2011 at 02:24 PM
I agree...it's taken our own committeemen 8 years to take the BPU to task for not doing anything. Sure, the BPU is to blame but so is our government for NOT acting on this sooner, for not insisting that the trees surrounding power lines be trimmed, for not making the search for a more reliable power company (along with our sister towns around us), for not exploring larger shelter options for when there is an emergency weather situation. I'm tired of freezing in my house with my small children and my pets. Newtown CT sheltered and FED their residents during this last snowstorm. LV offered us the Senior Center for a 'few hours'. Capacity? 20 people and pets weren't allowed. Outrageous.
Tracy Tobin November 17, 2011 at 05:55 PM
Jennifer The Township Committee has "taken JCP&L to task" a number of times over the past 10 years. The problem is that municipalities have no authority over utilities. That is a power reserved by the State via the BPU. The Mayor and Committee have scheduled a meeting with JCP&L for Nov. 21, and invited our new Legislators to the meeting. I am sure that the Committee will tell the utility representatives very bluntly what they think of JCP&Ls failure to meet their responsibilities. However the Committee has no club to wield to get better service such as fines, damages, etc. The utility can literally "flip the Committee the finger" at the end of their presentation and there is nothing that can be done at the local level to FORCE JCP&L to respond. We are not the only municipality in NJ that wants better performance NOW, and JCP&L may promise to do better in the future, but they have made promises in the past and then reneged on them. If you come to the meeting bring facts including dates and duration of problems. The Committee can put that information together and get it to the BPU and our Legislators, demanding action be taken against JCP&L. Unlike Mayor Bloomberg of NYC, Mayor Short does not have the leverage of hundreds of thousands of voters and multi billion dollar revenues to use as a club against the utility. We have to combine with other Morris, Warren, Somerset and Hunterdon County municipalities to make our voice heard. Hope to see you at the meeting on the 21st.
MaryLynn Schiavi November 17, 2011 at 06:00 PM
Attending the meeting with JCP&L this Monday night?
MaryLynn Schiavi November 17, 2011 at 06:07 PM
Leona: Maybe you guys can offer a seminar on generators to address questions like: How much power does my home need? How do I use it? When do I need an electrician's help?
Tracy Tobin November 17, 2011 at 06:22 PM
Mary Lynn I am definitely attending the Township Committee meeting on Monday the 21st at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building. I will try and get there early to get a paking space.
Tracy Tobin November 17, 2011 at 06:31 PM
Mary Lynn The possible problems with determining the proper size generator for a home, correct installation and potential problems when utility power is restored was discussed briefly at the Township Committee Work meeting last night. I believe Vice Mayor Harmon suggested putting together a fact and warning sheet for the DIY homeowners who purchase and install their own generators. Possible topics could include carbon monoxide fume dangers from gasoline powered generators, incorrect installation, wrong sizing and possible "feedback flow" into the electric wires when utility power is restored. The subject of how to get the information into the hands of homeowners and potential purchasers was discussed. You might want to reach out to Vice Mayor Harmon for more information.
MaryLynn Schiavi November 17, 2011 at 06:45 PM
I will. Thanks!
Tracy Tobin November 17, 2011 at 06:46 PM
Bill C If you are referring to yesterday's (Wednesday) power outage it was apparently caused by tree limb(s) coming down on power lines in Chester which connect into portions of the Washington Township electricity grid as well. From the wide spread, geographicly, nature of yesterdays' outage I would think more than one line went out. Lots of branches and trees split and are still in danger of falling after the recent snow storm. Other weakened trees from that storm and previous heavy rains and flooding will come down in storms later this winter. Re W.T. roads they indeed need attention, (read money) in the 2012 budget. How much money, and where to get it is the 800# gorilla in the Town Budget room. Other towns all have perfect roads? You must be saying that tongue in cheek or don't get around very much. I doubt that any town in NJ has all perfect roads. Hope you will come to 2012 Budget meetings to give the Township Committee your views on roads needing the most work.
Sue Underwood November 17, 2011 at 09:36 PM
Yes this has been an amazing period for outages! I thankfully spent only 30 hrs during the snow event due, I believe, to my residence being located near the municpal building - they need their office up and running asap. I had a few minutes of power loss yesterday but had an additional power loss this past Monday due to a wire on our street that broke. Only a handful of houses were affected. My concern is two-fold: 1. who is responsible for removing all the dangling branches that I see hanging over Rt 24/513 and other busy roads? If these are not soon removed they will fall and kill someone. 2. Who is responsible for the branch debris currently left beside the road edges by the tree trimmers? Some of these piles are precariously skewed and a vehicle is going to strike them and cause an accident.
MaryLynn Schiavi November 18, 2011 at 08:24 PM
We've just spoken with JCP&L Media Relations. Here's what he has to say: http://longvalley.patch.com/articles/it-was-the-perfect-second-storm-says-jcp-l

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