Area Municipalities Respond to Power Outages
While some customers have seen restored power, others are in the dark about when they'll get power back
Jersey Central Power & Light reported in a release on Wednesday that the majority of customers will be restored within the next seven days.
Hightstown Borough officials announced they are working closely with JCP&L, but as of now there is no time table for return of power in Hightstown.
The borough reports restoration for JCP&L customers will likely be longer than previous storms, as assessments in New Jersey show damage exceeds Hurricane Irene and October 2011 Snowstorm.
East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov announced in an email alert Wednesday that service in East Windsor would continue to be out for at least the next 24 hours. She said township officials hoped to have a better understanding as to when power would be restored by Thursday.
On Thursday, Mironov reported in an email alert that East Windsor officials have been in regular contact with JCP&L, and power has been restored in some areas of the township.
As of 8 p.m. Thursday night, JCP&L reported 5,341 customers in East Windsor were without power, while 444 customers in Hightstown were still in the dark.
Mironov said township officials hope to have a better understanding Friday as to when power will be restored in the remaining areas of East Windsor.
In nearby Robbinsville, Mayor Dave Fried has taken a different tune. In an email alert to Robbinsville residents, Fried said the township is both embarrassed and frustrated by the lack of restoration response from JCP&L.
“This is the second time in 14 months that PSE&G has outperformed the JCP&L utility following a major natural weather event, each of which was predicted several days in advance,” Fried said in the alert.
Fried said that as of Thursday afternoon, an estimated 90 percent of PSE&G customers’s power had been restored in Robbinsville, while 100 percent of affected JCP&L customers still had no power.
He said the township has been petitioning New Jersey Legislators to allow towns such as Robbinsville to opt-out of service areas where providers such as JCP&L have been unresponsive to customers.
After reporting in the alert that Halloween had been postponed to Nov. 5, Fried said, “As for ‘Mischief Night,’ JCP&L already has that event well covered.”