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.