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Mayor 'Not Impressed' With JCP&L Effort

Twp. damages will go beyond $5 million, official predicts.

As the work week came to a close in Washington Township, residents atop Schooley’s Mountain were having electricity restored despite what one official felt was too slow of a response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.

“I’m not real impressed with [JCP&L’s] effort,” Mayor Ken Short said late Friday afternoon. “We still have about 20 roads either closed or nearly impassable because of trees tangled in wires that JCP&L has to clear.”

Short said he’s been in touch with Assemblyman Tony Bucco as well as State Senator Anthony Bucco with hopes of putting pressure on the utility provider.

A preliminary tour of the town gave Short a rough estimate of $2 million in damages to homes–not including driveways, vehicles, or sheds and other buildings on private property, he said.

“I think $2 million is a conservative number,” Short said. “When all is said and done, I’d say that total goes over $5 million.” The Federal Emergency Management Association was expected to tour the township Friday as well.

JCP&L crews had restored electricity to the Washington Township Police Department, Library, and Senior Center early Friday. Neighborhoods atop Schooley’s Mountain in the area of Flocktown and Naughright Roads were seeing electricity restored as Friday came to a close.

And until power is fully restored, Short is asking residents to continue calling the utility provider to remind them of outages. The phone number to reach them is 888-544-4877.

If trees and power lines are still strewn about in the township come Monday, when trick-or-treating hours are scheduled, festivities may be postponed yet again.

“We’ll have to wait and see and make the call as the time approaches,” Short said. “We can’t have children walking around in that.”

What’s Available and When

The following services and shelters are available to residents:

  • Fairmount Firehouse is a warming station for residents with the availability to charge electronics.
  • Schooley’s Mountain Firehouse is a 24/7 shelter for residents to stay and sleep. Please bring your own food, blankets and pillows.
  • Potable water can be received–in resident’s own containers–at the Police Department, Fairmount and Schooley’s Mountain Firehouses, and Washington Township Municipal Utilities Authority.
  • The Washington Township Library will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Water and ice will be available to residents at noon at the Senior Center at Rock Spring Park.
  • The Dog Pound Hot Dog Truck will be donating cooked hot dogs and water bottles to residents at noon at the Senior Center.
  • Residents can rid their homes of spoiled food in a dumpster between 9 a.m. and noon Saturday at the Department of Public Works.

For full coverage on Hurricane Sandy’s impact to Washington Township, go here.

What's your power status and location? Let us know in the comment section below.

rose November 06, 2012 at 02:02 PM
DAY 9. Has anyone seen Beacon Hill/Light? An electric company was on Beacon Thursday doing an assessment. Nothing has been done, no trucks, no work. I just got off the phone with JCP&L customer service and they cannot offer any more detail than the canned statement. Doubtful power will be back with the impending weather forecast this week. DISGRACEFUL!
JL November 06, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Seriously? You are comparing what people went through in Katrina to not having power for 9 days? They did not have power in certain areas for MONTHS! Oh yeah, and how many people died in Katrina? What we are going through in LV is a minor inconvenience compared to other places. Have you seen the Shore? Have you seen Breezy Point? People lost EVERYTHING. Houses are literally gone. They have NOTHING left! A colleague of mine literally gave a man who lost EVERYTHING the shoes off of his feet because the man was walking around with plastic bags tied around his feet. Disappointment and frustration are understandable. You are right. People everywhere deserve better. But, so what if the power is out for even two weeks? If you could take a step back from your self-absorbed me, me, me attitude and look beyond the end of your nose to see the sheer scale of devastation across the region, you might be able to recognize how thankful you should be to have your family safe and a home that you can go back to even if there is no power. Ask someone who lived in Sea Bright if they would trade places with you right now. It might give you a little perpective.
Sman November 06, 2012 at 05:33 PM
I am not going to compare various areas of the state and their levels of suffering. It is a fact that many other areas have it much worse than we do - no argument there. My frustration is from lack of ownership and communication from our Mayor in LV. The Mayor of Mt. Olive has been providing much more detailed updates outlining the work being performed. While, JCP&L may be feeding him information that may not be accurate, at least he is sharing. What is Mayor Short doing? What have we seen from his office? I have seen nothing via formal media channels or via social media outlets aside from the "disappointment" above. At some point, we need to hold our local officials accountable. I do not expect them to fix the power situation, I demand that they represent our collective interests and push, pull and poke the right folks and give us updates! To me, this event shows that the current local representation we have either cannot or will not represent our collective interests.
Kay More November 06, 2012 at 07:37 PM
And the Mayor's efforts have been impressive????
chris November 08, 2012 at 06:32 PM
If you don't have power still file a compliant with the state http://www.state.nj.us/bpu/assistance/complaints/inquiry.html

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