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JCP&L: 19,000 With Power, 3,100 To Go

Customers served by Morristown substation should now have electricity.

It may have taken longer than anticipated, or hoped, but power was finally beginning to come back on throughout Morris Township and Morristown during the night and into Tuesday morning.

Ron Morano, public relations for JCP&L, said Tuesday morning that only 3,100 of the approximately 19,000 Morristown-area residents who had power out are still without service. Anyone whose power went out due to the JCP&L substation on Ridgedale Avenue being flooded should now have power, he said.

"We have developed a solution to bring power back to the network there," said Morano, who noted there was no estimated time when the remaining 3,100 customers would have electricity back.

"We're continuing to work on restoring them and bringing them back to service," he said.

"Most of the central business district's power has been restored," reported Morristown Partnership via Facebook at 8 a.m. Tuesday. "We will post the official word from the Town of Morristown when it is available."

The Morristown business association noted, however, it will take some time for all businesses to re-open as some need Health Department approval. "Many have water damage and some need systems re-set. Thank you for supporting your local businesses once they do re-open."

According to the JCP&L outage map, the number of residents in "Morristown" (location based on 07960 ZIP code, so it include residents in Morris Township and other surrounding areas), 7,952 were still without power as of 8:25 a.m. Tuesday. This was down considerably from the 12,000 or so reported throughout much of Monday. This number may also not completely reflect the total number of customers affected, as it depends on whether outages have been called in to JCP&L or not.

Power outages could still be occurring because of storm damage unrelated to the substation at JCP&L on Ridgedale Avenue, .

The Ridgedale Avenue substation had flooded when remnants of Hurricane Floyd hit the area in 1999. As a result, JCP&L built a flood retaining wall around the site, which Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty said Monday was built "in preparation of the 100-year-flood, plus 50 percent.

"That wall was still breached by the Whippany River [this weekend]," he said. "You can just imagine the intensity of that river and how it rose and how the whole substation flooded out."

Patch will provide updates as they become available.

Martatown August 30, 2011 at 02:19 PM
It would be nice for JCP&L to give a real time estimate for when the power will be back to the 3K without it. Sometimes power companies reimburse for lost food in your fridge...anyone hear anything about that??
chicadee411 August 30, 2011 at 02:44 PM
What about Western Ave at Searing/Locust? ANY UPDATES?
Martatown August 30, 2011 at 04:02 PM
Burnham park is dark
Zack August 30, 2011 at 05:20 PM
Egbert Ave / Egbert Hill is dark
patrice August 30, 2011 at 07:05 PM
Molly Stark Drive is dark too ...
Barbara C August 30, 2011 at 07:08 PM
I passed a crew off Spring Valley that was not from the area, but waiting for a tree crew, but could still do nothing as they said they weren't qualified. Oh, dark again tonight. At least I have a good book. Food is getting chucked :(
John August 30, 2011 at 07:37 PM
Egbert Ave off Sussex seems to have power
Martatown August 31, 2011 at 01:01 AM
How many people withou power? I hear 10k not 3k

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