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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.”

Ps November 02, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Hi ap, Would you please update the post when you get power. I'm resident at one of the apt complex on one mile road and taking the shelter elsewhere in the meantime and has no way to know if the power is back.
Andrew M. Galbraith Ryer November 02, 2012 at 09:48 PM
My earlier comment regarding the damage on Old York was incorrect. I thought it was cleared up when the lights went on last night on South Main, but that must have been a different repair. With the trees cleared I now see that about four poles were damaged with wire everywhere. It's no wonder they're still working on it. In any case, sorry for any confusion my earlier comment created. I am deleting it.
Andrew M. Galbraith Ryer November 02, 2012 at 09:50 PM
@LBS - I removed my completely incorrect comment about that section of Old York. Sorry for any confusion from my comment.
Andrew M. Galbraith Ryer November 02, 2012 at 09:54 PM
I just drove down Princeton-Hightstown Rd. and saw the damage in front of the McGraw-Hill buildings. Now I know why it's taking so long. Two or three very tall poles carrying high voltage transmission wires are toppled onto the McGraw-Hill south building property. JCP&L trucks are there, but that is a lot of damage.
Warren Park Estates Resident November 03, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Where is the shelter in East Windsor? Ethel McKnight never lost power. Get the elderly and families with small children in there. It's a crime that babies are cold. I pray no one freezes to death.
Warren Park Estates Resident November 03, 2012 at 02:49 AM
The township knew a tree was blocking a cul-de-sac but passed them by. Neighbors all came out and sawed three the tree and everyone one of those neighbors cleaned it up. Hats off to those men!!!
Warren Park Estates Resident November 03, 2012 at 02:52 AM
If there was a grant the Mayor could have written for East Windsor we would probably have the funds. Seems folks who apply for grants make a good penny no grants why would she push for it. No money to line her pocket
Sam-nj November 03, 2012 at 02:57 AM
The trees were removed in Old York Road area, and I don't see any elec crews are working. I checked in this morning and sometime late of this afternoon, and there is no change in situation. (No elec crew are working). I am very upset with the JCP&L because it does not give you no info or update. I spoke two people inside the JCP&L trucks; none of them can give me any update or ETA for restoration. The mayor should call into the Obama Office for seeking assistance like NYC did to have national body guard to deliver parts and men power. NYC can restore all power before noon time tomorrow even they have the entire power plant damage in many locations . We are much smaller problem than NYC, and I don't understand why are we taken longer to recovery. My next step is to call TV medias to find out why.
Lynne G November 03, 2012 at 03:12 AM
I called jcpl yesterday about dutch neck road and they told me it will take seven to fourteen days to restore power. The days keep adding up. Have not seen a truck stay yet. No poles delivered either. Trees still laying on wires hanging over the street. Looks very dangerous to us living here. A large truck rode past and hit all the wires that were hanging down. Poles are cracked and dangling. It appears to be a very unsafe area
Jake November 03, 2012 at 05:57 AM
Andrew Please stop. You are providing confusin g information.
Jake November 03, 2012 at 05:58 AM
It took a tornado to kill the wicked witch in the west.....
EW resident November 03, 2012 at 06:01 AM
I agree with Sam - maybe we need to go to the media. We need to shed some light on this situation! Obviously EW sustained some severe damage & downed trees & lines & non working traffic lights are making conditions unsafe! Why isn't the Mayor asking for help?!! I went to Gov Christie's FB page & sent him a message to come view our situation- I suggest everyone on here do the same! Being out of power for a week is one thing but an additional 7 to 14 days with a new storm on the way is unacceptable!
ap November 03, 2012 at 01:39 PM
I would suggest if you have Twitter getting on there and tweeting @JCP_L about East Windsor because this is insane. This will be the SIXTH night without power.
Jay k November 03, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Jcpl sux. Go with pseg mayor janice. Ew westfield lane. Teal ct no power still but hickory corner rd does its a 3 min ride jcpl sux !!!!!! N comcast get fios here
michael November 03, 2012 at 11:21 PM
One Mile Road is in need, the poles are up by why didn't they hang the wires and the transformers? WTF...its very cold.
Marion G. November 04, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Another 7 days before power is on at One Mile Road and surrounding area. There is no shelter in Mercer County. The Twin Rivers librarian called "211" on November 1st on behalf of a young mother with two toddlers, who was cold and did not have enough supplies to last this long. The emergency office said that Mercer County did not have shelters. She did a search in a 10 mile radius of 08520 - nothing. She expanded her search to 25 miles. The nearest shelters were: Warminster, PA; Woodbridge, NJ; Burlington City, NJ; and New Brunswick, NJ. The mother did not have a car and her family was some distance away. I think the librarian told her to call the police or try St. Anthony's Church in Hightstown.
ap November 04, 2012 at 05:25 PM
That is disgusting and JCP&L should be ashamed of themselves.
Marion G. November 04, 2012 at 05:33 PM
The JCP&L schedule is posted on the front doors of the Twin Rivers and Hickory Corner Libraries. According to the schedule, 59 % of East Windsor Township residents who suffered outages are scheduled to be reconnected by midnight tonight. The remaining 40% (One Mile Road area and others) have several more days to wait. Since the libraries will not open at the order of the County Executive, Brian Hughes,(bhughes@mercercounty.org) or Andrew A, Mair, County Administrator,(amair@mercercounty.org) does anyone know where people can go to sit, keep warm, wash their hands with warm water, talk with other people and get some warm food in East Windsor or Hightstown? We can't fix the wire ourselves, but surely, we can find a way with volunteers, county officials, municipal officials, to set up some food distribution and shelter services. Yes, sometimes we need big government.
Marion G. November 04, 2012 at 05:40 PM
County Executive, Brian Hughes,(bhughes@mercercounty.org) or Andrew A, Mair, County Administrator,(amair@mercercounty.org)
Marion G. November 04, 2012 at 05:41 PM
County Executive, Brian Hughes,(bhughes@mercercounty.org) or Andrew A, Mair, County Administrator,(amair@mercercounty.org)
Marion G. November 04, 2012 at 05:41 PM
County Executive, Brian Hughes,(bhughes@mercercounty.org) or Andrew A, Mair, County Administrator,(amair@mercercounty.org)
Marion G. November 04, 2012 at 05:41 PM
County Executive, Brian Hughes,(bhughes@mercercounty.org) or Andrew A, Mair, County Administrator,(amair@mercercounty.org)
Marion G. November 04, 2012 at 05:41 PM
County Executive, Brian Hughes,(bhughes@mercercounty.org) or Andrew A, Mair, County Administrator,(amair@mercercounty.org)
Marion G. November 04, 2012 at 05:42 PM
County Executive, Brian Hughes,(bhughes@mercercounty.org) or Andrew A, Mair, County Administrator,(amair@mercercounty.org)
Marion G. November 04, 2012 at 05:42 PM
County Executive, Brian Hughes,(bhughes@mercercounty.org) or Andrew A, Mair, County Administrator,(amair@mercercounty.org)
Marion G. November 04, 2012 at 05:43 PM
County Executive, Brian Hughes,(bhughes@mercercounty.org) or Andrew A, Mair, County Administrator,(amair@mercercounty.org)
Marion G. November 04, 2012 at 05:44 PM
County Executive, Brian Hughes,(bhughes@mercercounty.org) or Andrew A, Mair, County Administrator,(amair@mercercounty.org)
ap November 04, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Heard American Legion on Rt. 130 will become a shelter tomorrow open only to residents of Hightstown (80 people without power) and East Windsor (4000+ without power)...also heard West Windsor Police was yelling at JCP&L and got some results - would be nice if our police/county did the same for us.
Warren Park Estates Resident November 05, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Folks are getting their power restored just not all of us and not fast enough. I check this a few times a day. http://outages.firstenergycorp.com/nj_m.html
Warren Park Estates Resident November 06, 2012 at 12:32 AM
We have power!!!

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