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JCP&L: 65% Power for Twp. by Sunday Night

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Dozens of Jersey Central Power & Light crews have infiltrated Washington Township Saturday, with a promise by the foreman to Mayor Ken Short that two-thirds of residents would have electricity by midnight Sunday.

Some 500 residences were restored in the municipality Friday, but 6,302 residences remained in the dark at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Short said the crews are working on substations first, then moving into damaged areas. There's no pattern or priority that's been communicated as to which section or neighborhood will be focused upon before others.

Being offered a dumpster dispose of spoiled food at the Department of Public Works Saturday morning, residents filled the repository, Short said. The township is offering another opportunity to do the same between noon and 3 p.m. Monday, again at the DPW on Rock Road.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) visited the township Saturday morning to assess damage, Short said. “They were very professional and very thorough” while surveying the impact Hurricane Sandy made on the area, Short said.

As for Short said it is still “conditionally” going to happen. A late Sunday or early Monday assessment will be made to see if roads and walkways are safe enough for children to traverse.

Carolyn Hanington November 04, 2012 at 11:20 PM
I went around to all my neghbors with the forms to sign up with JCP&L if you have well water so that we wouldn't be one of the last areas up AGAIN in the towonship...that was this past spring...well looks like JCP&L took that information really seriously...NOT! Not a tree limb has been moved since the storm in, I'd say, the entire valley. Atleast SchMtn Road is open finally!
j meeun November 04, 2012 at 11:22 PM
We should all make sure that our payments to JCP&L are the same number of days late as the number of days that we were without power. not a lot of other ways to hurt a monopoly
LVResident November 04, 2012 at 11:26 PM
I second that motion.. Definitely pay late to JCPL.. we were not the priority.
Carolyn Hanington November 04, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Checked with the township road dept about the trees hanging over the roads like ours Bob (we live off Beacon) and they said they knew of the problems but they don't have a bucket truck to get them high enough to get the trees that aren't on the wires...ugh! so even those can't be taken down to make the roads a little safer.
ValleyGirl November 04, 2012 at 11:29 PM
I encourage the residents of Washington Township to contact the office of Emergency management for Morris county (973- 285-2900) (Available 24/7) . Ask them what are they doing to ensure to safety of the township's residents. Many roads still have trees suspended over the roadway by wires, or are complete impassible . If there should be an medical emergency or fire, how can the emergency vehicles reach us. This is not a matter of comfort or inconvenience, it is a safety issue.
LVResident November 04, 2012 at 11:32 PM
as of 6:28PM.. we are 1 of 4 townships with more than 5,000 out of power.. Us, Roxbury, parsipanny and bernards township...are the only 4 left in North NJ.. http://outages.firstenergycorp.com/nj.html think it will be the end of the week before we see service... on Four Bridges.. Heck, people here cut down the branches off the powerlines for them.. you would think at least they could show up.
Angelo November 05, 2012 at 01:14 AM
I think if everyone conserved their energy usage by 20% month after month it would put the hurt on jcp&l. And, it's good for our planet and our own pocketbooks.
Domino November 05, 2012 at 01:23 AM
The 65% number, as we all expected, was complete BS. Mayor Short needs a more credible source than a "foreman". I guess no one bothers to returns his calls.
Greg in LV November 05, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Angelo - I wish that could happen. I would love to get natural gas throughout Long Valley instead of having to use electric stove and oil heat for the house. The U.S. is fast becoming a leader in Nat Gas in the world and the prices are very low. That would cut down my electricity significantly. And yes I know I could get a propane tank but having one gas pipe into the house would eliminate all my need for the large tanks on the property.
bill z November 05, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Also contacted the OEM for Morris County ( Tks ValleyGirl) Informed them that the various trees lying on the power lines and wire on the ground are a saftey issue, and asked them to please try to get some info. They took my number and said we they would contact who they could to have someone contact me to follow up. The Morris County OEM has a direct phone number at 973 829 8600.
Angelo November 05, 2012 at 01:44 AM
@greg i agree, especially since the natural gas line passes right through long valley. One thing jcp&l should definitely do is bury the power lines that go schooleys mtn.....these are a problem in every storm. A shout out to verizon for getting their cell site up, we had lost our signal for a few days.
Angelo November 05, 2012 at 01:46 AM
That should read, "....power lines that go up schooleys mtn..."
Angelo November 05, 2012 at 02:21 AM
21% rather than 65% in service. Either jcp&l doesn't have a clue as to what is going on or they were just lying.
John Sheppard November 05, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Well, it's 11:30 and according to JCP&L website it looks like 79% out of power. I live on Fox Hill and haven't seen a single truck on or near my road. Not sure who feeds us this info, but when I called today to JCP&L the answer was Wednesday for total recovery. This seems nuts, I am newer to town and we seem to loose power here in a warm summer breeze - WTF? Limited sidewalks, natural gas lines, muni water / sewer, and crappy utility service - besides the ok schools where does my tax money go? Why can't we bury our utilities like other towns and avoid most of thus problem? Why not cut some dangerous tree limbs in the summer and make winter easier for us? Come on Long Valley leadership - do something for us!
denise November 05, 2012 at 06:16 AM
I think that someone should start an emergency review/ plan group for the township And meet with the locals to gather info on what went right or wrong and be a spokes group for the people and maybe get some answers from the farmers and mountain men and tradesmen than make our township "tick" as to how to prepare roads ,wires,trees, our homes correctly to be prepared for the future . Maybe even have a plan where we employ some of our town guys to be on emergency repair..... I trust them because they built this town and probably work harder and longer and with more skill than any outsiders we are dependent on. We need to get a spokesman to evaluate this and not be on the towns payroll / parrot - role
MTSO November 05, 2012 at 06:31 AM
The midnight Sunday deadline has passed with no significant change in the power situation. What is our next step Mr Mayor? More promises from JCP&L.... Where are these "dozens of JCP&L crews".
mcspud1947 November 05, 2012 at 08:26 AM
Here are some current facts about the outages in Long Valley supplied by JCP&L themselves that I have posted on twitter for what it's worth @mcspud1947: @JCP_L @GovChristie @njdotcom @MCUrgent You promised Long Valley Mayor Short and he reported to the residents 65% power by Sunday night. Your figures show 11% Please explain ?
John Sheppard November 05, 2012 at 12:30 PM
I'm with denise on this. Once power is restored let's get some townsfolk together and make some plans. Remember to vote tomorrow. John
Greg in LV November 05, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Huge thank you to the people of our community for providing updates and insights from around the township. We've been counting on each other for a week. Hang in there folks - we'll get through this.
Angelo November 05, 2012 at 09:20 PM
So far basically no change in the % restored since yesterday ( it was 21% restored, now 22%). would it be too much ask to have the mayor or ANYONE to have updates on the twp website ( i could see those on my cell)?
ValleyGirl November 05, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Mayor has fallen SHORT
Liberty November 05, 2012 at 09:55 PM
There are updates and announcements on the website, also twitter and FB. Before the storm I signed up to receive texts on my cell from Wash. Tsp. Office of Emergency Management. They have had very helpful notices, ie: polling place changes, which are also on the website. I was also able to get water & ice from the town after receiving one of these texts. I just received one about a warming center and overnight sheltering. A little prep goes a long way....
Angelo November 05, 2012 at 10:37 PM
I was referring to power restoration updates.
Liberty November 05, 2012 at 10:57 PM
The outage map is on there also.
Angelo November 05, 2012 at 11:19 PM
@liberty where are the power restoration updates on the website?
Liberty November 05, 2012 at 11:36 PM
On town site home page, in the blue twitter box, about 1/2 way down, it says JCP&L outage info and a site to click on. It goes to the outage map & info.
Angelo November 06, 2012 at 12:02 AM
@liberty thanks but on my android i dont see any blue box (my cable is out also). In any case I'm familiar with the outage map. What I'm interested is seeing info from the mayor or twp official as to what jcp&l is telling them in their meetings about when power us going to be restored. Maybe you can help me since you can see the info: when is restoration planned for west springtown area?
Liberty November 06, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Sorry Angelo, couldn't get info that specific. Only guesstimate is Wed. the 7th. I'm near E. Springtown and have power now, so you may be close!
Angelo November 06, 2012 at 12:45 AM
@liberty ok, thanks. We have broken poles, dangling transformers, wires on the road. Would take a major effort to fix by wed. Let's hope.....
tonia November 08, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I've lived on the mountain for 20 years, and 5 years before that in the valley. I do love the area, but have never been impressed with our town leadership. The mayor needs to be in touch with the residents on a daily basis. I still have no power off of Zellars and was told by a lineman working on Pleasant Grove that there is a huge shortage of telephone poles and is likely we will be without power for 2 more weeks!!!!

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