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Power to Be Fully Restored This Weekend, Twp. Mayor Says

Peter Mancuso said many utility crews were in the area Thursday.

In an update Thursday evening, Morris Township officials said many JCP&L crews had been in the area and that many had their power restored.

Morris Township Mayor Peter Mancuso also spoke with JCP&L President Donald Lynch and state Board of Public Utilities President Robert Hanna Thursday morning and "expressed our concerns with JCP&L’s restoration efforts.

"Mr. Lynch indicated that power will be restored to almost all of Morris Township by Saturday evening," Mancuso said in the letter. "We share in your frustration with JCP&L's lack of communication and information with regard to estimated time of restoration for neighborhoods/streets. We began demanding a comprehensive restoration plan from JCP&L once the storm subsided, over a week ago. To date we only have projected restorations by municipality for each day.

"We are working with governmental officials at all levels including Congressman [Rodney] Frelinghuysen, Governor [Chris] Christie, Senator [Anthony] Bucco [Sr.], Assemblyman [Michael Patrick] Carroll and Assemblyman [Anthony] Bucco [Jr.] to address JCP&L's restoration efforts. We have been communicating with Mr. Lynch, president of JCP&L each day via conference call.

Mancuso went on in the letter to state that approximately 5,500 of the approximately 7,800 power outages have been restored. "But this still leaves far too many of our residents without power," he said. JCP&L advised officials Thursday that indicates they expected to restore power to an additional 1,800 Morris Township customers tomorrow. "We will continue working diligently to push JCP&L from all levels of government to get restorations made as quickly as possible," Mancuso said.

The Township mayor's statement come on the heels of several increasingly-negative comments from officials in Morristown, including a letter from Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty, where the mayor pointed out that JCP&L has gone beyond its projected 7-to-10 day restoration timeframe that was given following Hurricane Sandy.

"It's been frustrating," Morristown Business Administrator Michael Rogers said Thursday. "It has been continued frustration that we share with our residents and it's—I can only look to JCP&L to hopefully learn from this experience on how they can improve."

Jeremy Gulish November 09, 2012 at 05:02 PM
I didn't realize Fairmount was still out. It is worse than I thought. I saw some houses on West Lake appeared to be restored, Burnham Parkway as well as Hillcrest was back up. I will be shocked if we are back up by the end of the weekend.
alexaqui November 09, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Funny how we get notification from our mayor NOW. I emailed him on Monday, one week after the loss of power, and asked him what he was doing to take care of this problem. Apparently, not much. That mirrors the fact that I didn't get a response from him. My neighbor just spoke to the linemen and they said no power until Sunday. Thank you Mr. Mayor for nothing and your utter lack of communication. I look forward to the next election where we can hopefully removes these lemmings from the town leadership
Aguirre November 09, 2012 at 05:19 PM
NORDROM KENI-- it's obvious you have power. To the extent that people could, many DID prepare for the storm. There are those with infants, the elderly and such who may have provisions, but are cold at night with nowhere to go. People also have to work, so as much as you 'topped off' your gas tank, at some point you did need a refill
Al Baron November 09, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Lot's of crews on James St and South St.
Nordrom Keni November 09, 2012 at 06:01 PM
So you are saying that you prepared, and you have a complaint against who/what, mother nature? Because what happened is what we were warned would happen. It is cold in NNJ in November, and we got slammed by a hurricane. So you are looking for heads to roll because an awful storm hit and everyone didn't get power and heat back immediately? I guess that's human nature - look for scapegoats when an unfortunate act of nature occurs.
Nordrom Keni November 09, 2012 at 06:08 PM
I got it back less than 24 hours ago. I went 10 days without, and I didn't complain because that is what I was told to expect. I didn't complain last year either during Irene or the snowstorm. I understand that there are people with special needs, but for people to react with outrage when simply what was warned would happen did happen makes no sense to me. I'm tired of the dark and cold I have kids etc etc alright I can sympathize but this WAS the prediction for all of us. What did you think it would be like to live in your homes without power for 1-2 weeks?
Karen B November 09, 2012 at 06:35 PM
It seems by comments on this site that the same neighborhoods in the South West section of Morris Township (Burnham Park, Rolling Hill, James Street and Wood Road) experience longer durations of power outages than others. Our neighborhoods should unite for a common voice and demand solutions. Does the infrastructure need to be updated? Do Feeder Lines need to be buried? Revise the JCP&L power outage site to show detail by Street so people can help verify information in their area? (Our neighborhood called JCP&L daily to ensure our outage was reported / submit new report of complete loss of power -- after JCP&L called our non-working Fios or Cablevision home numbers to tell us power was back on and we weren't getting that message -- JCP&L should enable entry of a cell phone number when reporting power is restored)
Martatown November 09, 2012 at 07:15 PM
If you plan ahead and have $750 you can have heat, fridge, tv and lights. Buy a generator. Mine has been used 3 times by me and once by a friend. It's now at someone else's house because I got power. More than ever a little personal responsibility goes a long way.
Vanessa November 09, 2012 at 07:18 PM
At the moment, my complaint is against you, Nordrom. You were accusing people of not being prepared. We were as prepared as we could be. I understand Mother Nature can neither be controlled nor perfectly predicted. I'm not complaining about the hurricane. But it's been 12 days and I've barely even seen any work crews in my neighborhood. We had minimal damage to wires and the trees have been cleared. In the past year, I have been without power for a month. We live in one of the wealthiest counties in the US and we have a power company that is unable to effectively communicate with the people for whom it is supposed to provide service.
Vanessa November 09, 2012 at 07:30 PM
We will be getting a generator, but its ridiculous that we even have to. I'm not looking for any government handouts or support from other people. But I do expect the people who I pay to do a job to do it, and do it well.
ryancnj November 09, 2012 at 07:31 PM
YES!!!
ryancnj November 09, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Lots of crews also reported in upper Spring Brook and Armstrong as well as James St.
Ken Gustavsen November 09, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Hillcrest School sent an e-mail to parents saying to be prepared for school to be closed next week with continued busing to Alfred Vail. Why is Hillcrest School expecting to be closed if power is going to be restored by midnight Saturday? Maybe in Burnham Park we're still in for it...
David Barnett November 09, 2012 at 07:57 PM
You all know JCP&L is a private company? Not a government entity? I sense you don't know that.
Vanessa November 09, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Ken, say it ain't so! I was just wondering if anyone in the neighborhood saw any progress today, but this doesn't sound good...
Josh November 09, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Nordrom - So how many gallons of gas to you buy because you knew we would be without power and gas for 10-11 days. How many times did you get a phone call confirming from JCP&L that your power had come back on, when you were still sitting in the dark. The mayor even said that JCP&L was unwilling to share detailed information on when repairs would be done. The lack of information and communication from JCP&L is where the frustration comes from. They randomly put restore numbers and estimates up and then the next day they were all new numbers, were these additional restore people or just a new number from their random number generator. And to all those people who are now outside the timeframe we were given, what do you say to them?
Josh November 09, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Good than lets fire them and get another utility company that can communicate.
Debbie Bruen November 09, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Yup Friday evening - once again no electricity - once again Burnham Park is still in the dark - this is beyond inexcusable! I am tired of our public officials and their "Promises"
Martatown November 09, 2012 at 11:24 PM
I was driving in BP. It looked like only more street to go and they were working on it. Could be tonight. Still some new poles laying on the side though
Martatown November 09, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Venessa it is ridiculous that we all have to have them now, but you'll be much happier with a little investment. You can go the whole house route and have zero annoyance...until the natural gas gets shut off.
Tryclyde November 09, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Well, I have to eat my words; power returned to Fairmount Ave in Burnham Park today. I am beyond speechless.
Karen Spitzner November 10, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Power back on Skyline yesterday, Rolling Hill today, but NOT ON WESTERN near Rolling Hill.
Ziad N November 10, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Ziad It's amazing what these utility companies can get away with. Let's see how many customers I still have if I'm inept at my job. Still in the dark since the Monday of the storm.
Martatown November 10, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Power guys say tomorrow night earliest for west lake.
Motown Resident November 10, 2012 at 03:40 AM
I'm afraid the township governance doesn't have the "juice" of Morristown's. I feel for those out of power, as I was without for several days. I think Morris Township needs to start asking some hard questions as to why JCP&L was so unresponsive to your towns needs.
Jason November 10, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Does anyone see JCP&L crew on James Street today, Friday?
Sam November 10, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Anyone know whether power is back in Rolling Hill-Blackberry area (i.e. Laura Lane, Eagle Nest, Blackberry, etc.)? Is JCP&L doing any work on the lines down on south street near Southgate Parkway?
kathy November 10, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Nordrom, As charming as your "Holier than thou" attitude is, you should check your facts before bragging about your reasoning abilities. We are from Morris Township and spent the storm in Mt. Laurel, a town in Southern NJ. Any outages were up in a matter of days (1 to 2). It is easy to "armchair quarterback" when you are sitting in a lighted, warm place. Yes, the storm was unprecedented in NJ. However, week long power outages in my area of Morris Township are not. This is our third in 2 years, and we are still out (12 days and counting). I have lived in my neighborhood since '79 and we have had easily over 120 outages of various durations. We have begged and pleaded JCP&L for a general assessment of our problems to no avail. We ran out of patience years ago.
Nordrom Keni November 11, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Lol where are the faults in my reasoning abilities? Everything I said is true. And...you spent the storm in an area that wasn't as hard hit and had power back in 1-2 days. I spent 10 days in Morris County without power/heat. Sorry, *who* is the armchair quarterback here? And "week long power outages in Morris Twp" (all of NJ actually) were predicted well in advance before Sandy and Irene. I went without power for days/weeks during all 3 events myself. I wasn't somewhere else with electricity and heat lecturing others who were enduring the hardship. Guess it boils down to hardiness. The majority are soft, and a few folks understand logic and can endure true disasters. Most others just want to crucify someone/something.
Nordrom Keni November 11, 2012 at 04:39 PM
A) You were told that you might be without power for 1-2 weeks. What part of that didn't you understand? I went 10 days in the dark and cold myself. But I expected it and prepared for it. And as many others have said the whole "I don't see trucks in front of my house I didn't see trucks out today" doesn't mean jack. Do you know what the electrical grid is? Know much about it and how it works? Yeah, didn't think so. At any rate, you almost certainly have power back now anyway (unless you live on Wetmore...man I feel badly for you guys). B) Can you explain to me the correlation between a county's wealth and a power company's ability to restore power at a certain time after a disaster?

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