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PSE&G Power Update

80 percent of New Milford has power restored.

According to Mayor Ann Subrizi, 80 percent of New Milford has had their power restored since Sandy's punch took down wires and caused damage at the substations. That leaves 20 percent of the town still in the dark.

Although there are still a few large sections of town that remain without power, PSE&G reports that these are primarily sub-station circuit problems. Once the circuits are fixed at the substations, PSE&G workers will repair the transmission boxes that affect individual houses, as appears to be the problem in the Birchwood area of town. Once the transmission boxes are repaired, power will return to those individual houses that are still without power.

PSE&G has been importing help from all over the country to help restore New Jersey's power. For the Bergen County area, they are using the Garden State Plaza as a staging area.

"It helps that they have the extra help from outside the state," Subrizi said. "I'm hoping for a lot of progress today."  

The Leonia Police Department reported that one worker from out of state was electrocuted Saturday while working on a line repair and transported to the burn unit at St. Barnabas Hospital in Livingston. His condition is unknown at this time. That caused a delay as all work was ceased to evaluate the situation.

"At least they (PSE&G) are here and working on the problem," Subrizi said, noting that there are still towns in Bergen County where PSE&G has not started working yet.

Tracey November 05, 2012 at 02:30 PM
It sucks being in that 20% :(
Jo Ann De Poalo November 05, 2012 at 03:57 PM
me too; it's horrible; I can't get warm. I went to my daughter's in Bergenfield; still can get warm.... My back is killing me from being cold....I can barely walk without pain
Jack November 05, 2012 at 04:37 PM
So when can the 20% expect to get power mayor? That's the answer we need!
Jack November 05, 2012 at 04:48 PM
It is costing me $40.00 a day to run my generator. In one week i have already surpassed my monthly electric and gas bill. As mayor you should pressure pse&g to reimburse new milford residents for a credit on their next bill at $40.00 per day per resident after the 3rd day without power. Maybe that will motivate them to hire more workers and keep an adequate supply of spare parts for substation reoairs, utility poles, transformers, etc. This was barely a category 1 hurricane and we have been without power for 7 days. This just goes to show you how inept government and utilities are when it comes to handling emergencies. The entire state of nj is exposed to the atlantic ocean. Nobody ever thought to prepare for even a category 1 hurricane?
mellie November 05, 2012 at 08:31 PM
So agree with you jack. I think we should be reimbursed as we pay pseg to provide a service that they haven't fulfilled. And it's not like we can choose another company as tthey are a monopoly. Maybe pseg would then get to work a bit faster or be motivated to bury the electricity cables.
Tracey November 05, 2012 at 11:47 PM
While I love the idea about a daily credit, stop and think one minute about the people down the shore that lost everything. I don't like being in the dark any more than you do. The sound of the generator has become more annoying than rap music. I'm tired of whining and having my own private pity party. My house may need a new roof, but at least it's still standing.
Nicholas D'Amelio November 06, 2012 at 01:35 AM
It’s not being in the dark or being cold, it the fact that PSG&E dosed not communicate with its customer. PSG&E is a service provider and they should be able to communicate to their customer a realistic time frame when the repairs will be completed. I have some friends that live in the southern area Bergen County and they were told the same thing I was told and that was the power would be restored by November 5 at 8:00 PM. How can three different towns have the same day for restoration of power? The second thing, I went to the police department and ask if they had any information on when the power would be restored. The duty officer told me he had no information on when the power would return. New Milford has one of the finest police departments in the county. How can they protect this community and staff the different shifts if they have no idea when the power would return. I guess they use the worst case scenario to protect us. I do not think this is far for our first responders to work under these conditions. By not knowing when power is going to return just adds stress, under a stressful situation. Our governor should require PSG&E to provide accrete information so that everyone could make intelligent decisions.
melanie November 06, 2012 at 01:57 PM
I made my 4th call to PSE&G last night at 6pm. Everyone from the left and right side of us have been restored, but us not even close. Everytime I call, they say "oh we thought you were restored already. and now they tell me anywhere from November 8-13. Its getting colder and colder each day and not everyone has a generator. And even if you do, the heaters that we plugged in dont work very well. All we want is an accurate timetable so we know whats ahead of us.
melanie November 06, 2012 at 02:01 PM
I totally agree
NewMilfordResident64 November 06, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I just called PSE&G after saying we would have power yesterday they now claim by Friday they hope to have the power restored to the grid covering my neighborhood but can not tell me when the power lines that are laying on the street will be fixed. The grid can be restored but until the lines are fixed there is still no power! Are our public officials really not putting any presssure on PSE&G? I left a message today with Senator Gordon and will be trying to reach our Assembly people as well. I realize there are so many more in worse shape than us but with all the resources PSE&G claims to have received from other power companies why can they not get the lines restored in less time -- 8 days and counting. This wasn't even classified technically as a hurricane--what would happen if there ever was a hurricane--are we that unprepared...
mellie November 06, 2012 at 10:29 PM
What has people down the shore losing everything got to do with pseg failing to provide a service they have been extremely well paid to provide? Pseg should be held accountable, as we have all been held accountable by the people who pay us this week, I didn't tell my employer to quit whining and think about the people down the shore, I got my ass into work and delivered. Pseg needs to do the same.
Frank Shannahan November 07, 2012 at 04:13 PM
10 days without power. Probably going to wind up being 14 days. People down the shore have it bad I agree but I just want what I'm working hard to pay for. Simple as that. Elected municipal officials should put as much pressure as possible on the utility company each day until New Milford is fully restored. Limited updates since the storm hit is not enough to comfort those who are still out. Daily updates would be reasonable. Officials represent 100% of New Milford not 80%. I'm cold and snow is about 3 hours away, I do not see any help coming since there has been a giant utility pole down for 10 days on the street behind me. I hope the people on that street have called the pole in but regardless officials must be persistent with pointing out specific damage spots each day to PSE&G. Hope relief will come but in the mean time I will not hold my breathe. Please provide updates, we know daily calls are held between officials and PSE&G. Thank you.

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