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Many Residents Still in the Dark

While parts of East Windsor have had the lights come back on, others still wait for power to be restored

Monday, Nov. 5, 1 p.m.

JCP&L are currently reporting 3,263 East Windsor customers without power, while 36 Hightstown customers are without power. Between 1 and 500 Cranbury PSE&G customers are still without power, while 6 Cranbury JCP&L customers are without power.

Mercer County spokeswoman Julie Wilmot said the county has heard today from several East Windsor residents who are still without power.

She said Mercer County is sympathetic to these residents’ plight and that of so many other people in Mercer County that are still in the dark.

According to Wilmot, Mercer County has been in contact with JCP&L through its representative onsite at Mercer County’s Emergency Operations Center.

She said the JCP&L representative has been unable to provide Mercer County with anything more than general information.

The County also has taken the extraordinary step of contacting individual BPU Board members to register its complaints, and the county has contacted JCP&L corporate offices, Wilmot said.

Wilmot will update Patch on any further information she receives from JCP&L.

Hightstown Engine Company #1 reported earlier today after speaking with some power crews that the crews are currently working on Hickory Corner Road and Lynnfield Drive. They also reported JCP&L are actively working at the substation on One Mile Road today.

Cranbury Township reports the following roads are still without power:

  • Evans Drive/Brainerd Drive
  • Park Avenue East and West
  • Portions of Brickyard Road
  • Limited households on Plainsboro Road
  • Old Cranbury Road

Cranbury residents still without power and not listed above should contact the Cranbury non-emergency dispatch number at (609) 395-0031.

Sunday, Nov. 4, 10 p.m.

JCP&L are currently reporting 3,391 East Windsor customers without power, while 51 Hightstown customers are without power. Between 1 and 500 Cranbury PSE&G customers are still without power, while 32 Cranbury JCP&L customers are without power.

According to an alert, East Windsor officials continue communications with JCP&L representatives seeking East Windsor power outage status, current and planned actions, and progress and timelines. East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov reportedly participated in a conference call Sunday with Gov. Chris Christie and communications with other officials. 

JCP&L completed work on an Old York Road at Airport Road damaged line Sunday evening, resulting in power being restored to an estimated 1,000 customers. 

According to the alert, there were approximately two dozen JCP&L crews actively working on the western side of the township.

Some work progress has reportedly occurred around the One Mile Road service area and the Route 571 service area.

JCP&L continues not to provide the detailed and specific information requested by the township, the alert said.

“We will continue our active efforts to assist our community and will share information as received,” said the alert. “Thank you all for your understanding and, please, we will get through this.”

According to an alert from Hightstown Fire Department, the majority of JCP&L customers are expected to be restored by Wednesday, Nov. 7. Customers in the hardest-hit areas are expected to be restored throughout the following week.

The Hightstown Engine Company and the American Legion in Hightstown will host a reception center and shelter Monday for all Hightstown and East Windsor residents. The center will provide cots, water, food, a charging station, and a warm place to rest.

Township officials advise residents without electric service and no alternative source for heat to consider making arrangements to stay with friends or family. Those who have exhausted their options or know others who need assistance may contact the East Windsor Police Department, at (609) 448-5678 extension 0, to discuss other possible available assistance.

Both ice and water are still available for distribution at the East Windsor Volunteer Fire Company 2 at 69 Twin Rivers Drive between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Residents may also continue to charge cell phones, smartphones, and PDA’s at this location.

East Windsor Township encourages all residents to be extra safe in celebrating Halloween on Monday, Nov. 5

The East Windsor K-5 Halloween Parades will not be held tomorrow. The parade may be rescheduled at a later time.

Additionally, at Cranbury School, Halloween festivities, including parties and a parade, will not take place on Monday. However, trick-or-treating will still take place in town.

East Windsor Township Municipal Court sessions scheduled for 9 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5 are cancelled due to lack of power in the Municipal Courtroom. All cases will be rescheduled and notices will be sent by regular mail. For additional information, contact 448-3228 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Editor's note: The article has been corrected to reflect that trick-or-treating will take place on Monday, Nov. 5 in Cranbury Township. There will be no party or parade at Cranbury School.

Bruce Roller November 05, 2012 at 05:05 AM
JCP&l should be held accountable for slow repairs compared to pse&g, as well as not providing specific details requested by the East Windsor Twp.
Margaret November 05, 2012 at 08:33 AM
JCPL need to release their restoration time table so that residents can plan ahead! Elderly residents are staying in houses without heat hoping they will get power back in a day or two. If it’s gonna that a week to get power, they need to made plan to stay with a relative or friend. Township need to put pressure on JCPL. PSE&G has been issuing alerts to customers via email, put up stations for impacted customers with emergency supplies. Where is JCPL? With the next storm coming, township should secure warming shelter for residents to stay warm. We pay a lot for property tax and we deserve better support from our local government.
Patrick November 05, 2012 at 11:43 AM
As if right now my wife and I can see our breath on the air when we talk. This is deplorable. How can this go on for so long?!
Linda November 05, 2012 at 11:55 AM
East Windsor Mayor Janice MironovIn - In today's Asbury Park Press: Colts Neck is still w/o power (& no running water - they have wells). Their Mayor Jarrett Engel called the White House to report conditions & then group of twsp officials met with a rep from US Dept. on Energy & he's hopeful that the DOE may help. I think you need to be more pro-active to the 1000's of members in your community - it's been a week and another storm is coming on Wednesday!
ap November 05, 2012 at 12:10 PM
This is a disgrace. I'm so happy I will be moving out of East Windsor this year and somewhere that cares about their residents because clearly it's not here.
ap November 05, 2012 at 01:53 PM
What is the mayor or police doing to act on our behalf?
Phosphites November 05, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Some one should look into how much under the table money Janice Mironovin is getting from JCP&L. No elected official would throw his or her citizens under the bus like this. I think someone needs to do a corruption investigation probing both parties (two crooks). Have a township vote to rid of JCP&L and bring in PSE&G.
Pam Parker November 05, 2012 at 05:35 PM
According to an alert from Hightstown Fire Department, the majority of JCP&L customers are expected to be restored by Wednesday, Nov. 7. Customers in the hardest-hit areas are expected to be restored throughout the following week. Can we have some definition of "the hardest-hit areas" so that we can plan? I am one of these customers without power. I am grateful for what I have, and that I have someplace else my family can wait this out. Any information would be helpful for planning. Is there a street schedule available? What is the hold up? Volume of damage? needed supplies and materials? not enough equipment or crews? Now that school is back in session this is even more critical. Kids are cold, hungry for warm food, and now will have homework to complete by flashlight. How is it possible that it could take another week after Nov 7 to still be restoring power?
michael November 05, 2012 at 06:20 PM
I just spoke with someone who provided knowledgeable info. Jcp&l don't have enough transformers in stock to replace broken ones. No info in delivery date
Patti November 05, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Pam, you are absolutely right! What is considered a "hardest hit area". I just called the mayor and of course got her voicemail. The lack of communication from her and other township officials is unacceptable. I have gotten most of my information from the West Windsor police dept page on facebook and Planet Princeton. East Windsor Patch is helpful but it doesn't have near the amount of updates or specific information as the other sites. Does anyone know if Dutch Neck Road near Dorchester has power? I will post again if I hear back from the mayor. her number is 443-4000, ext 252 if anyone needs it. Good luck to everybody!
eastwindsorresident November 05, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Pam, according to the latest ETR report released by JCP&L, as many as 570 customers will still be without power on Sunday, Nov 11th in East Windsor!!! Where is the Mayor Janice Mironov in all this? She has been completely absent in her communication with her constituents. East Windsor residents need to remember her service or lack of it during elections.
Allyson November 05, 2012 at 07:29 PM
The Mayor of Sea Bight has literally been in communication with the actual workers asking THEM what they need and what HE can do to help them speed along the process! I think our Mayor needs to care a little bit more about the TAXPAYERS who keep her in office and pay her salary! This is unacceptable to let JCP&L get away with this because they are incompetent and cannot get their act together. Our neighborhood is pitch black at night. How about some spotlights in the area so we can see pedestrians walking their dogs at night? This is disgraceful.
Warren Park Estates Resident November 05, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Thank you for submitting your complaint. Please be advised that your complaint was received and will be reviewed. Sincerely, Douglas Dickson Board of Public Utilities Division of Customer Assistance 44 South Clinton Ave, Floor 9 PO Box 350 Trenton, NJ 08625
Ladybug November 05, 2012 at 08:39 PM
@ Patti - as of 7:45 this morning there was no activity on Dutch Neck Rd. Rumor has it that the other day crew were sitting in trucks blocking the trees resting on the wires which were then hanging over the street and that was the extent of the work that day. JCP&L should be embarrassed posting articles about how instrumental they have been in power restoration. Furthermore our mayor, seems to be in hiding. She chose to run for the office and in doing so knowingly accepted the responsibilities of serving her community. Is this too much for her to handle? if not, she should be addressing residents with a daily plan. Telling us the township is aggressively contacting JCP&L is not making the cut; as it is obvious other mayors are getting it done. However if it is too much for the mayor, she should consider stepping aside and allowing someone else to take charge who is capable of doing the job that her office is, apparently, not equipped to do. I am ashamed to be a resident of East Windsor, a township that is not taking care of their residents, especially the children, elderly and those with special needs.
Jake November 05, 2012 at 09:01 PM
The sad state of affairs in EW is the result of what happens when one person has total control over local government. Clearly there has been a severe lack of emergency planning and preparedness. For years we have listened to speeches about preserving open space, attracting business and keeping municipal taxes stable but never a word about protecting our residents. While Sandy may have been the biggest storm we have ever experienced, flooding and power outages are not new to EW.
William S November 05, 2012 at 09:14 PM
If this is true it just reinforces the lack of concern, am I to believe in thisa day and age that someone in this country wouldn't step forward and ship in a supply of transformers. This just shows how poorly JCP&L is being run.
William S November 05, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Is there a place we can e-mail our compliants. I would certianly like to do so. We pay taxes through the roof and pay JCP&L the least they can do is provide accurate information. Where is our government? Where are our representatives?
Linda November 05, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Mayors from all around this area have been calling NJ 101.5 and speaking out to their residents. Why can't the EW Mayor make a public comment????!!! In response to Michael above - you're right - it's the big-wigs at the top who are making decisions. The line men on the ground can only do what they're told to do. Earlier this morning in Freehold, there were several power trucks from Alabama (thank you, Alabama) & they were just "sitting around, because they were waiting for instructions". They said they have all the equipment, manpower, etc, but can't do anything until they are told to do it. Corporate needs to get their act together. And, after Irene last year, all the heat they took for that, they promised that would NEVER happen again - yeah, right!
Maday November 05, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Yeah .... what Ladybug said.
Maday November 05, 2012 at 10:07 PM
just spoke to JCP&L and the rep is worn out. he told me that they had 5 nuclear plants that were offline as a result of the storm and that is contributing to the delay. I asked why no one was told and he said he did not know. additionally, he said that jcp&hell got sued for giving inaccurate response times previously. So, there's that.
SLSmith November 06, 2012 at 12:14 AM
East Windsor Public Works is doing a great job in cleaning up the branches. The East Windsor, Hightstown and Cranbury Fire Departments are probably exhausted from all of the calls they have received.
Jake November 06, 2012 at 08:29 AM
JCP&L gets their power from FirstEnergy, a company who owns 4 nuclear power plants, all are located outside the affected storm area.
HEWresident November 06, 2012 at 01:15 PM
I have tried to be patient. There are still about 6 houses on my block without power, everyone else is on. They had a tree crew out Sunday morning clearing the area but the JCP&L sitting in the truck told me we are probably low priority because only a few houses are effected.
AMA November 07, 2012 at 03:11 AM
It's amazing to me that there is barely one comment that appears here that shows some sort of gratitude for what we, in this area were spared. In other areas, there was much more severe devastation, loss of homes washed out to sea,severely flooded and loss of life! We should be thankful that the most devastating loss we may have faced in this area was the loss of power for a few days, downed trees and power lines. I haven't heard of any fatalities, be thankful for that! In case you didn't realize, Sandy was the largest storm in our history and the job of restoring power is a long and tedious process, not to mention life threatening to the thousands of utility workers that are putting their lives on the line so that we can enjoy all of our modern conveniences. Men and women have traveled from all over the country, leaving their own homes and families to HELP NJ residents in our time of need. It's just an embarrassment that some people don't appreciate all that IS being done! So, when you are through filing grievances and complaints, why don't you go check on your elderly neighbor that may need assistance or the family down the street that has an infant. Run an extention from your generator to the neighbor that has no power. Do something neighborly and constructive instead of sitting around whining about being without!
E.W. mom November 09, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Dear AMA, I truely appreciate that you took the time to show some thankfulness and appreciation for all the hard work that many people across the country are doing to help the people of NJ. I agree that we should appreciate what we do have. I too was without power for 8 days. It was definately not convient at all, but my family knew it would only be a tempory situation, unlike those who have lost all their belongings, memories and some their life. We have also witnessed many good deads that have been done in the event of the storm. I have had offers to stay with other families, offers of food and gas, phone calls of concern from people in different parts of the country, neighbors working together to remove trees and other kind acts.

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