Letter to the Editor: Still In the Cold and Dark

East Windsor resident asks for more communication from power company and township


To the Editor,

I live in East Windsor off of Conover Road off of Stonehedge Road. We are still in the dark and cold, even though others around us have power back. On Conover Road the tree that had been blocking the road hasn't been cleared in four days. I'm not sure if that's a part of our problem, but I'm sure it continues to be quite dangerous.

The thing that really frustrates me is the complete lack of any information from either JCP&L or from East Windsor Township. Just having some feedback would eleviate much of our uncertainty.

Please post on your websites your current plans for our area and the status of repair plans for the areas still not being served. I understand we need to be patient, but your response will be most appreciated.

-Rochelle Portalatin

East Windsor resident

Tanya November 02, 2012 at 04:59 PM
VMC Do you work for EW muni ? I called one this morning and she was clueless.She has no idea whats going on.
Tanya November 02, 2012 at 05:00 PM
And what am I going to do with all that Ice now. FOod is already stale and has been thrown. I don't want to feel more cold than I already am.
Gary H. Lucas November 03, 2012 at 01:14 AM
There are still over 1,000,000 people without power in NJ. EW and Hightstown lost power, and some trees, and that is pretty much it. Some areas are not going to see power possibly for months, take a look at the damage on the barrier islands if you don't believe that. So what would you do if you were in charge? What I'd do is ignore all the complaints. People responding to complaints are NOT working on getting your power back on! Next I'd assess all the damage, that would be those cars and trucks roaming around that you don't see doing any work. Then I'd put all the resources fixing damage that will get the most people back on the quickest. That means if fixing one circuit with 1000 people on it, and doing nothing about the street next door with 10 homes, then that is what we need to do. So after 10 days we might have 900,000 more people with power, and 100,000 really pissed customers calling 24/7. Those 100,000 are probably going to have to wait a lot longer, either because there are thousands of little fixes needed, or because there is some truly enormous damage that can't be fixed quickly. This is the nature of disaster recovery. However, I'm not letting the power companies off the hook. I think they have done a really poor job of managing their physical assets. I think deregulation was a big part of that. In the mean time, figure that the world has changed, and you need a generator!
Yevgeny November 04, 2012 at 03:43 AM
I live at the Orchard apartment complex on One Mile Road, behind the Target. There are around 600 apartments here and we still have no power. The lack of power means we have no heating, and since the apartments have only electric stoves, no cooking! How is this not a priority? I see families with children, cooking on improvised campfires and stones! The temperature is falling below 50f in our apartments, and we expect frost the next 3 nights... What's going on???
Marion G. November 08, 2012 at 05:02 PM
I agree that the libraries should have been open. Had the County had an emergency response plan in place, they could have opened the libraries, as many, many other towns who could, did. There were quite a number of local staff who would have come in with or without pay to staff the library for limited hours and services. The employees are smart, they are capable and they were willing. A plan has to be put in place by the County administration. It can be done and it can be managed if only the County would allow it. We have to pull together in difficult times!


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