Saturday, November 3, 2012
Thousands of Bridgewater residents enter day five without power.
It's the fifth day after Hurricane Sandy hit the region, and more than 5,000 residents between JCP&L and PSE&G are still dealing with no power throughout Bridgewater. Projections are still for power to return around Nov. 7 or so with both companies, as residents continue to deal with being in the dark. These are the numbers as of 11 a.m. Saturday: Lots of residents have posted on Facebook that they are still dealing with no power on locations like Crim Road, English Road, Allen Road, Carber Street, Thomae Avenue and Meadow Road. Many businesses are open at this point, and allowing residents to come in and recharge, including the Somerset Valley YMCA in Somerville, which is offering showers to those who need it. The Bridgewater Commons Mall…
Friday, November 2, 2012
And many are fed up with the slow process.
As many residents enter the fourth day without power in Bridgewater, tensions are high with some wondering when it will return. Denise DeRose Meyer said on the Bridgewater Patch Facebook Page that she doesn't understand why the process is taking so long for some, but not for others. "Why is the North Branch area of town without power for so long?" she said. "I lost it for four days in the ice storm last year and now again on day four, yet other ares of town have had power since Tuesday." According to the numbers as of 10 a.m. Friday, a total of 2,038 JCP&L customers are still without power, down from 2,180 Thursday. Representatives from JCP&L have said that the majority of customers will be restored by Nov. 7, with those in the hardest-hit…
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Both PSE&G and JCP&L outages are slowly dwindling.
Despite thousands of people still being without power across the state, residents in Bridgewater are very slowly seeing it come back as the week continues. For example, according to resident Gerry Szachara, who posted on the Bridgewater Patch Facebook page, power returned to the Finderne section of town Wednesday morning. Here are the numbers as they stand, according to the power companies: These figures are all as of 10 a.m. Thursday. Many businesses in town still remain dark Thursday, including several stores at the Village at Commons. The municipal building remains without power, but is open Thursday until 2 p.m., using natural light to help with time sensitive issues. Milltown Primary School is the only one in the district that …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
That is mostly PSE&G customers throughout town.
Nearly 15,000 people are without power in Bridgewater Tuesday after Hurricane Sandy ripped through the area Monday, according to Bridgewater Township Police Chief Richard Borden. "Low hanging wires have become an increasing problem," he said. "The township has no power and is obviously closed." For PSE&G customers, more than 10,000 residents are dealing with no power as of 11 a.m. Tuesday. And another 2,345 JCP&L customers are without power also as of 11 a.m. Tuesday. How are you dealing with the lack of power?
Thursday, October 25, 2012
JCP&L instituted new communications, repair plans after last year's major storms—will it be enough?
Two months after New Jersey residents recovered from flooding and damage caused by 2011's Hurricane Irene, the area was hit with a severe winter storm. The storm's snowfall piled more than a foot deep in many areas, and the heavy, wet precipitation snapped tree limbs and utility poles, causing massive power outages that in some cases took a week to repair. And on the anniversary of that storm, New Jersey is facing a potentially more dangerous storm: Hurricane Sandy, which has already claimed lives in the Carribean and is currently forecast to reach the area Monday morning—just in time to collide with a possible winter storm. Keeping a close eye on the storms are meteorologists with JCP&L, which says employees have already been put on alert…
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Instead of starting work on $790 million project before getting final approval, how about clearing trees along power lines?
Construction has begun on Public Service Electric and Gas Co.'s transmission line upgrade through Northwest New Jersey. That would seem to be slightly premature, as the National Park Service still technically has not given final approval for the work—upgrading the existing 230-kilovolt transmission line for about 45 miles, adding 500 kilovolts onto towers that would be as tall as 195 feet in some cases. The park service's approval is only for its property, but it is still critical, given the line runs smack through the Delaware Water Gap. And while the NPS won't make a final decision for at least a month after releasing its environmental impact statement—expected sometime this month—its approval appears to be a given. Still, it has not …
Monday, July 23, 2012
The municipal complex lost power about 45 minutes ago.
The municipal complex has canceled Monday's 7 p.m. planning board meeting because of a power outage after a thunderstorm hit Bridgewater around 4:30 p.m. The Wemple property hearing, which was scheduled to continue Monday, has been rescheduled, although a new date has not yet been set. Some power outages have been reported throughout the township, although they are few and far between, according to reports from JCP&L and PSE&G. JCP&L is reporting only about five outages due to the storm. PSE&G is reporting between one and 500 outages throughout the township, with similar numbers being reported in Bound Brook and Green Brook. Although the sun seems to be coming back out, are you dealing with any power outages in your area, Bridgewater?
Monday, December 19, 2011
State utilities board plans to hire a consultant to recommend improvements
Last week, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities’ first report on the biggest power outage of the year confirmed what many in the Morris County area already knew: Compared to the state’s other utilities, JCP&L did a lousy job. Issued last Wednesday, the preliminary report gives initial recommendations for changes in procedures based on power companies’ responses to Tropical Storm Irene—the National Weather Service now says it was not a hurricane when it hit New Jersey. It also began to place blame for power outages that lasted for more than a week not once, but twice, in roughly two months, the second being the late October snowstorm. “While all of the utilities experienced challenges during these severe weather events, it was apparent …
Saturday, August 27, 2011
The utility company presents must-have information when the weather deteriorates.
The Public Service Electricity and Gas Company says customers using certain electrical devices need particular information in order to get through storms such as Irene. One such category is people who need machines to stay alive. PSE&G spokesperson Karen Johnson said individuals who rely on electricity to operate life-sustaining electronic equipment, such as a respirator or dialysis machine, should pre-register with the utility to receive priority attention in the event of an outage. To request the service, they must call PSE&G at 800-436-PSEG. Johnson adds that they should also inform area rescue squads and fire departments of their needs, in case of emergency. Even after registration, PSE&G said these customers should also have emergency…