Friday, January 25, 2013
Smell was found to be from an outside meter.
PSE&G was dispatched to make repairs on an outside meter after a police officer reported an odor of gas on Stryker Court Friday morning. According to North Branch Fire Chief David Hickson, a Bridgewater police officer detected a strong smell of gas on the road around 9 a.m. "Upon arrival of Green Knoll engine 34-101, gas was detected at an outside meter, and PSE&G was dispatched to contain the leak and make repairs," he said. Hickson said the fire company investigated the house where the odor was present and found no issues inside. "The gas odor was outside at the meter," he said. PSE&G was expected to respond to the scene to make the repairs by late morning.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
PSE&G representatives discussed storm response at a special meeting in Bridgewater.
For one resident living near Crim Road, it was a lack of prioritization for Bridgewater and Somerset County during Superstorm Sandy that brought her out to a special meeting with PSE&G representatives Wednesday. "Every day the percentages in other counties were higher, and the work plan did not even have Somerset County on the map until later," said resident Ann Umphenour, who added that she didn't get back power back until Nov. 10. "It's devaluing my property and quality of life because of prioritizing." Councilman Matthew Moench organized a sit-down with PSE&G representatives, asking them to provide direct information about storm response. "There was a lot of misinformation and rumors that came out during the storm," he said. "The best …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Representatives will talk to Bridgewater residents about their response to the storm.
Bridgewater Township is going to be serving as host for a public meeting with Public Service Electric & Gas representatives Wednesday to discuss responses to Superstorm Sandy. The meeting will be held 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in conference room 102 of the municipal complex on Commons Way. The meeting will be presided over by councilman Matthew Moench. "They will speak a little bit about their operation, preparation, response and Bridgewater-specific issues," Moench said at a recent council meeting. "And there will be some time afterward if people want to talk informally." According to a release on the township’s website, the purpose of the meeting will be for PSE&G to provide information on the response and restoration procedures following the …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Very few customers remain in the dark after Sunday night's deadline.
Nearly all power has been restored in Bridgewater. Projections from both PSE&G and JCP&L maintained the utility companies were expected to meet the Sunday night restoration deadline. According to JCP&L's outage map early Monday morning, only five Bridgewater customers were still without power. According to figures from PS&G, there were 620 customers without power as of Saturday. A total of 607 were expected to be restored Saturday, and the remaining 13 were scheduled to be restored Sunday. As for JCP&L, their figures state that eight customers were still without power as of Sunday morning, and they are also expected to be restored by the end of the day. Bridgewater Township Mayor Dan Hayes posted on the website Saturday evening that he did…
Friday, November 9, 2012
Council is considering a resolution to petition for removal of JCP&L from Bridgewater.
With more than 2,000 residents still without power, Bridgewater Township Mayor Dan Hayes said that restoration has to be the first priority. "At the height of the storm, we had 14,000 without power, and this still remains unacceptable," he said in a report to the township council Thursday. "Having any residents without power is frustrating, and we are fully committed to advocating for the residents until power is back on for everyone." In Bridgewater, Hayes said, the damage of the storm was not as severe as in other areas of the state, but, at the individual level, that cannot be said for the person who lost a house. Approximately 50 people, Hayes said, reported that their homes had been struck by trees. But for the most part, Hayes said, …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
But residents want real answers real soon.
With Wednesday's storm leaving another 100 JCP&L customers without power in Bridgewater, residents are beginning to get frustrated by the power company's response—or lack thereof. JCP&L is reporting that 998 Bridgewater customers are without power as of Thursday morning, up from 888 on Wednesday. In a statement on the site, the company said it is experiencing more outages because of the snowstorm. "JCP&L is experiencing additional power outages due to the severe weather that passed through our service territory Nov. 7," the statement said. "Crews are working around the clock to return power to all affected areas, and an additional 1,600 line workers are arriving today to assist with restoration." A representative with JCP&L did not …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Thousands are still without power in Bridgewater.
As power outages enter day 10, and Bridgewater braces for yet another storm Wednesday, more than 4,000 are still without power as of 7 a.m. According to reports from the PSE&G work plan, there are currently 3,419 without power throughout the town. About 316 are expected to get power back Wednesday, 416 on Thursday, 516 on Friday and 1,411 on Saturday. After the weekend, according to the plan, about 760 PSE&G customers are still expected to be without power in Bridgewater. According to JCP&L's figures, as of Wednesday morning, there were 888 customers without power in Bridgewater. But Wednesday's predicted nor'easter could alter those expectations. As Bridgewater Township Police Chief Richard Borden said, the projected storm could bring …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
And the largest number of restorations is scheduled for Friday.
With election day having arrived, and many residents being sent to locations they have never normally voted at, PSE&G is still reporting close to 5,000 people without power in the township. Current figures, as of Tuesday around 11:30 a.m., put the number at 4,394 without power. According to a workforce schedule from PSE&G, about 400 customers are expected to regain power Tuesday, 529 on Wednesday, 661 on Thursday and 1,963 on Friday. About 252 are still expected to be without power after Saturday. A representative from PSE&G did not immediately respond to questions about how these numbers for restoration are determined. As for JCP&L customers, about 810 are currently without power, with 762 expected to have been restored Monday, four being…
Monday, November 5, 2012
And 911 were restored Sunday.
UPDATE, 12:55 p.m.: JCP&L has just updated its spreadsheet, and about 761 customers are expected to have power restored today. 11:45 a.m. Now into day seven without power for some, PSE&G is predicting a few extra days for restoration, while JCP&L is estimating no power at all to be restored Monday. According to the JCP&L outage report, their estimates are that no one else will be restored Monday. But 911 customers were supposedly restored Sunday, and very few customers were restored Saturday. And as of 11 a.m. Monday, 1,136 customers are still without power in Bridgewater alone. Great Hills Road resident Jim, who declined to give his last name, said he is one of those JCP&L customers still without power. He contacted JCP&L customer service…
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Thousands are still in the dark in Bridgewater.
With almost a full week gone since Superstorm Sandy battered the area, more than 10,000 people in Bridgewater are still without power as of Sunday morning. For PSE&G, between 5,001 and 10,000 people are still without power, with no change in the figures since Saturday. According to reports from PSE&G, there are still 445,000 customers without power in the entire region. The storm, the company's website says, impacted 1.7 million of its 2.2 million customers. With JCP&L, there are 1,671 without power in Bridgewater, as opposed to 1,897 reported Saturday. These figure are as of 9 a.m. Sunday. For up-to-date JCP&L information about when power is expected to be restored and how many will remain in the dark, check out JCP&L's continuously …