Heart Of Darkness: What Did You Learn From Hurricane Sandy?

Now that the storm is behind us, and power has been restored, share what you experienced, and learned, when New Milford went dark.

Most of New Milford lost power after Hurricane Sandy, closing schools for a week, bringing most businesses to a halt, causing great concern for the borough's seniors, many who live alone, and generally disrupting life around town. Some residents were without service for more than 10 days, and others saw power go out again when a snowstorm hit. 

With Shop Rite and most of the convenience stores closed for over a week, food became a real concern--especially for seniors and those with disabilities who do not drive.

PSE&G says Sandy was an unprecededented disaster, among the worst in the history of New Jersey. More than 1.7 million were without power at its peak, and it takes time to work through even with the tens of thousands of crews brought in from other states, the utility told customers.

"Since the start of the storm, PSE&G call centers have handled more than 1.9 million calls (more than 12 times the normal volume)," the utility said in a written statement.

"This is not your average storm. Hurricane Sandy has caused twice the damage as Hurricane Irene. This means that even assessing the damage is slow, with new information constantly filling in the picture of the conditions that need to be addressed. We’ve also continued to bring additional out-of-state crews to help, and move them around to the areas they are needed most.

And, yet, through the darkness, New Milford residents showed their resilience by keeping each other informed, checking on each other and reaching out to help those less fortunate in Moonachie and Little Ferry by holding clothing drives.

Share with us your post-Sandy experience:

  • How did you get information? 
  • How would you rate PSEG?
  • Did you have a generator and how well did it work?
  • Is there a good Samaritan story we should all know about?
  • Did you take advantage of the Library and Berkely School as warming stations?
  • What would you have done differently?

Tell us in the comments, we'd like to know.

Donna Colucci November 19, 2012 at 04:29 PM
What I learn every time there is a disaster of some magnitude, there are still those who only think of themselves and their slight misfortune. This will take many many years to rectify. God Bless NJ, the shore, and the thousands of people who are now homeless. I wish I could have you all for dinner.
stacy stormer November 19, 2012 at 04:34 PM
If it wasn't for you and the Patch and being able to access FB on my phone I would not have been able to get any information as my cable and phones were out. Our generator worked great but I know now to stock up on gas before hand. There are so many good Samaritan stories that came out of this - 2 of them the donation drive by NM FD Co1 and the school supply drive by NM Junior Football.
Pat November 19, 2012 at 11:25 PM
I would comment, but I am quite sure I would absolutely insult everyone.
Sam B. November 20, 2012 at 12:19 AM
I've learned that once you get your power restored you shouldn't use it until Jimmy Drake's power is also restored.
Nicholas D'Amelio November 20, 2012 at 12:57 AM
I know having a generator or not have one doesn’t make it any easer to cope with the hardships that comes with a natural disaster. A gasoline generator is only as good as the supply of gasoline and the availability of the gasoline. Most of us who have gasoline generators cannot run all the appliances that are found in a home such heat, refrigeration and an eclectic stove, off of a small gasoline generator. I know many people have connected their generators to their house receptacles, which is not a safe thing to do, and should never be done. What needs to be done is to have an alternate source of power that is safe and that the non technical person could be reassured that by using these alternate power source they would be safe. It is time for the utilities come up with a plan that would make these alternate sources of power available and affordable to there customers, same as they do for Air Conditioning Unites and Hot Water Heaters.
Adam November 20, 2012 at 04:37 PM
One thing I did discover is that Verizon FIOS beats cable, hands down. With no power, and a small generator, i was able to hook up the FIOS box in my basement, the FIOS cable box (for TV) and the router, and viola, had phone, cable and internet. Don't know how they do it (had power lines down across the street, and no formal power for 9 days) but it works
Darlene November 20, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Without power, I was reminded of something I had already learned in the past - that for most of us, electricity is a luxury - albeit a very convenient one - it is not a necessity. You can survive not having electricity. We drew closer, snuggled under blankets, read books together by a combination of flashlight and candlelight. But I sure was grateful for that first nice cup of hot coffee I was able to find once the power started coming back on!
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