PSE&G: Repair Crews to Focus on 14 Bergen Towns
Company says New Milford is among towns where crews are focused this weekend.
New Milford is one of more than a dozen Bergen County towns where Public Service Electric and Gas repair crews will be focusing efforts over the weekend, the company said Saturday morning.
In hard-hit New Milford, PSE&G's outage map showed upwards of 5,000 customers without service.
"Crews will be focusing on New Milford, Teaneck, Englewood, Ridgewood, Fort Lee, Paramus, Bergenfield, Palisades Park, River Edge, Glen Rock, Tenafly, Hackensack, Lodi and Bogota this weekend," the statement said.
Power was restored to more areas of New Miflord, including Main Street and the area by Gibbs School in the north part of town. Still, large areas of the town remained without service days since Sandy struck.
Of 333,690 PSE&G customers in Bergen County, 215,770 lost electricity, according to the company. As of Saturday morning, the utility reported 142,100 remained without service in the county.
"Also in the last 24 hours we energized all of our switching stations and restored 16 substations. While energizing switching and substations does not automatically turn the lights on, it is a major step forward and allows to focus on our distribution systems that are closer to the customer," the statement said.
PSE&G also announced it had established a mobile customer service center, offering charging stations, water and ice at the Paramus Park Mall. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
More than 2,000 outside workers were called to help PSE&G and another 600 were expected to arrive, according to PSE&G. In a press conference Thursday, Gov. Chris Christie said he told utility companies to step up repairs and issue new restoration timelines to residents.
Many New Milford residents have reported PSE&G customer service website continues to say power will be back Nov. 9.
A PSE&G spokesman could not provide additional details Saturday afternoon.