Tuesday, November 13, 2012
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, East Windsor Fire Chief Kevin Brink advises residents on how to properly deal with the loss of electricity and heat
By the time Hurricane Sandy moved beyond the area, she left in her wake almost 11,000 East Windsor residents, more than 2,000 Hightstown residents, and up to 2,000 Cranbury residents without power. While some residents were left without power or heat until just a few days ago, East Windsor Fire Co. #1 Chief Kevin Brink said in a press release many residents employed their own replacement methods, some of which were potentially deadly. "In some instances, it was a fatality just minutes away from happening," Brink said. "Some people were very, very lucky." According to Brink, during Sandy and in the days that followed, members of East Windsor Volunteer Fire Co. # 1 responded to about 80 emergency calls. Brink said dozens of these calls came …
Friday, November 9, 2012
They're almost there, said the PSEG president in what will be the last of the hurricane media conferences.
It's day 12 since Hurricane Sandy hit, and PSEG has hit a milestone. The company says it has restored electricity to 98 percent of their customers in their service area, and they're hoping to make it 100 percent by Saturday. Ralph LaRossa, president and chief operating officer of the company, said in a media update conference call -- the last he hopes he'll be having to discuss Hurricane Sandy and the nor'easter that tore through the area Wednesday -- that even with service restoration, the work isn't over yet. He gave a big thanks to the 4,500 linemen who poured into New Jersey from all over the country to supplement PSEG's own crews. He spoke to one lineman yesterday, who said he had been working 16 hours a day since even before the …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
PSEG said that the nor'easter blanketing central New Jersey with snow has already caused an additional 60,000 customers to lose electrical service.
As the named Nor'easter Athena slams into central Jersey, PSEG said they're doing everything they can to get the lights back on. As of a 6 pm update, the utility said that the nor'easter has caused an additional 60,000 power outages statewide. That number, the update said, is expected to increase as strong winds arrive with the storm tonight. Linemen can work in the rain, said PSEG spokeswoman Rena Esposito. But the high winds make it dangerous for them to work in bucket trucks they use to complete work on elevated wires. Federal law prohibits work in the trucks in winds greater than 40 mph. Since Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey last week and caused massive power failures, more than 4,000 out-of-state workers in addition to 700 PSE&G …
Residents and officials are upset with long response times in restoring power
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 3:30 p.m. JCP&L adjusted their estimate on Tuesday to reflect that all East Windsor residents will have power restored by Nov. 11, while Hightstown residents will see power restored by Nov. 11. The remaining 5 JCP&L customers in Cranbury will have power restored by Nov. 10 According to an East Windsor Township alert Wednesday morning, township officials continue communications throughout the day with JCP&L representatives seeking township power outage status and activity for those who remain without power. As of 2:30 p.m., East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov said the township is aware of five homes still without power, which are currently being worked on. The township reported this morning that JCP&L crews had been …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
JCP&L project power restoration in East Windsor, Hightstown, and Cranbury
Gov. Chris Christie released revised power restoration plans on Saturday that he received from Jersey Central Power and Light and PSEG, which show the companies’ restoration projections at the municipal level for the next two days. JCP&L announced that, of the 4,655 customers currently without power in East Windsor, it expects to restore power to 1,630 customers by Nov. 5. The utility company estimates 559 customers will see power restored on Nov. 4 and 1,071 customers will have power restored on Nov. 5. East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov announced her frustration at the company’s lack of communication up until this point in an email alert Friday evening. According to the alert, the township has been working aggressively with JCP&L …
Friday, November 2, 2012
East Windsor resident asks for more communication from power company and township
Friday, November 2, 2012
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 …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
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. …
Monday, October 29, 2012
The utility is saying that customers who lose power may be without it for a week or more.
PSE&G is reporting about 4,000 customers without power in the early stages of Hurricane Sandy. The majority – about 3,000 – are located in the utility’s southern counties of Mercer, Burlington, Camden and Gloucester. The utility provides electric service to 2.2 million customers. The utility is urging customers to prepare for the possibility of lengthy outages – perhaps seven days or more -- due to the enormity of Hurricane Sandy, which forecasters predict may become the worst storm to hit the Northeast in 100 years. It may take until Wednesday until a full assessment of the storm’s damage can be made and the utility can more accurately predict when full restoration can be made. Other news in the latest PSE&G update from the company:
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Utility company says its hiring extra contractors, urges residents to be prepared
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- Keith Brown
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Residents should be prepared for power outages of up to 10 days from the anticipated impact of Hurricane Sandy, according to a release from the parent company of JCP&L. FirstEnergy Corp, which owns the local utility company along with several others on the East Coast, said in a release that the oncoming storm could wreak havoc with the electrical system and residents should be prepared to be without power for more than a week. The company is securing outside utility crews, electrical contractor and tree trimmers to assist a beefed up response crew and support workers to help restore power as soon as possible throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland, according to the release. “Depending on the severity of the storm's impact on the …
Monday, June 18, 2012
The work is done in four-year cycles, the company said.
Jersey Central Power & Light is starting tree-trimming work in East Windsor and Hightstown in an effort to maintain reliable service, the company said. The contractor Nelson Tree Service will complete the work, which is done in four-year cycles, the electric company said in a news release. JCP&L spokesman Ron Morano said residents could expect work to be done on several streets in town, include Route 130, Dutch Neck Road, Stockton Street, Wyckoff Mills Road and Devonshire Road. Morano could not provide an exact schedule of the work in town. “Trees are a leading cause of power outages and when trees and power lines touch it can create a dangerous condition,” JCP&L said in a news release. “The company’s certified forestry experts inspect …