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Power In Parts Of Union County Could Be Restored By This Evening

Some towns in Union County could have power as early as this evening.

Gov. Chris Christie today released revised power restoration plans received from the three major power utility companies in the state in order to create greater certainty, transparency and accountability for New Jerseyans. According to the plans, some sections of Union County that are still without power could have service restored as early as this evening.

PSE&G, Jersey Central Power and Light and Atlantic City Electric provided plans at the governor's request to show restoration projections at the municipal level for the next two days  in order to give New Jersey households and businesses, who continue to be affected by power outages, greater certainty as to when their power needs will be met, according to a press release from the governor's office.

“While progress has been made in restoring power to many businesses, households, and critical infrastructure in the aftermath of Sandy, there are still over 1.25 million customers without power," said Governor Christie. "So many New Jerseyans have demonstrated significant patience and resilience through the storm and this initial recovery period, and it is our obligation to get them back online and with the certainty of a timeline they can reliably plan their lives around in the coming days.”

PDF copies of revised service restoration plans from PSE&G, JCP&L and ACE can be found attached to this email.

The public can access these plans and see when service is expected to be restored in their area by visiting the State of New Jersey website, www.nj.gov, clicking on the Hurricane Sandy Information Center, and selecting the link to the power utility company that serves their region.

The plans can also be accessed at the below websites:

ACE: http://www.scribd.com/doc/112013858/ACE-Outage-Report-as-of-11-3-12

JCP&L: http://www.scribd.com/doc/112013859/JCP-L-Outage-Report-as-of-11-3-12

PSE&G: http://www.scribd.com/doc/112013860/PSEG-Outage-Report-as-of-11-3-12

As of 7 a.m. this morning, 1,269,564 customers remained without power statewide, down from a high of 2.7 million through the storm and its immediate aftermath. Gov. Chris Christie has met personally with each of the CEOs of the three major utility companies and continues to talk with them daily to discuss restoration efforts and create accountability for New Jersey customers. Each utility company has a representative on-site at the State Police Regional Operation and Intelligence Center (ROIC) to work with state government and emergency management officials, develop action plans and troubleshoot problems as they occur. 

There are currently over 16,000 mutual aid/work crews both from in state and out of state on the ground in New Jersey working to reestablish power. Additional crews continue to come in to New Jersey from out of state to assist with the effort.

mo November 04, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Had power in Kenilworth and now power off most of day. What's the story/ Don't even see assignment for service/
jcw November 04, 2012 at 10:58 AM
Still no power on the north side of Cranford on the Kenilworth border,worse than Irene for us over here
Karen November 04, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Still nothing for us on Mountain and Park in Scotch Plains either. They said we should have been back up and running by end of day yesterday. I don't anyone really knows anything at this point. It's all just the luck of the draw.
Enough already November 04, 2012 at 12:16 PM
To all: If your electricity is all that important to you, buy a generator next time & learn how to properly use it. Even under non-storm conditions, a truck or car can collide with power equipment and damage it so severely it could take a few days to fix it. Be prepared to take care of yourself during a crisis.
Donald November 04, 2012 at 12:38 PM
I am on the north side of Cranford, only several hundred feet from the Kenilworth border, and have had power since 7 pm Thursday (more than two days ago).
Pcisme77 November 04, 2012 at 03:30 PM
The north side is a mess because Springfield Avenue has a monster residential tree that took down 5 power lines, a transformer, and a pole. While Springfield Avenue is a county road and has priority, Cranford township is not ready to deal with the problems at the corners of Orange Avenue/Linden Place and Bloomingdale Avenue/Elizabeth Avenue. Cranford has no plans in place or timeline to get these situations. And there is ZERO government fighting for Cranford. The Mayor and the town council have disappeared. When the going gets tough, the Township Council disappears.
Pcisme77 November 04, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Cranford schools, in spite of Governor Christie’s demand, will be closed tomorrow, Monday, 11/5. It will be announced later today. The north side is a mess because Springfield Avenue has a monster residential tree that took down 5 power lines, a transformer, and a pole. While Springfield Avenue is a county road and has priority, Cranford township is not ready to deal with the problems at the corners of Orange Avenue/Linden Place and Bloomingdale Avenue/Elizabeth Avenue. Cranford has no plans in place or timeline to get these situations. And there is ZERO government fighting for Cranford. The Mayor and the town council have disappeared. When the going gets tough, the Township Council disappears.
Pcisme77 November 04, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Taxpayer, you are an idiot. (What a shock!) I have a generator that I got during Hurricane Irene. And you are still an idiot.
Pcisme77 November 04, 2012 at 03:36 PM
And the worst part is that PSEG is no where in site, in spite of empty promises being made that are meant to placate the population. When the Cranford Mayor and Town Council disappear and the CPD is trying to show false confidence, trust is quickly lost.
needpower November 04, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I agree. Where is the mayor fighting for us. I see all these other towns hit much worse than us getting power back but nothing happening here. What is going on? I have a daily routine now. Fill generator, wait for gas and fill generator again so kids don't freeze. I wonder if the mayor has power? Life long rep but won't be voting for this group come Tuesday.
Pcisme77 November 04, 2012 at 04:21 PM
I am very familiar with your routine because I live it too. On the local level. I have voted for Republicans and Democrats.. Usually, I go with the flow and end up voting for the winner. While I am a Democrat inclined to vote for Christie because of his leadership during storm, I will vote for the Democrat in Cranford. The problem is the invisible Mayor and Council. Last year, hurricane Irene, which led to great flooding, also led to action - flood-damaged items were picked up for zero cost and booklets were delivered to each door. This year, NOTHING.
Donald November 04, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Actually, large trees fell across Springfield Avenue, Cranford, at two points -- north of Union County College, and south of Dreyer Farms -- each taking out numerous power lines and associated equipment. I have posted two pictures of each location taken the afternoon following the storm (October 30, 2012). I have not been back since to check their status.
Donald November 04, 2012 at 05:19 PM
For those Patch readers in Cranford, I have posted above two sets of pictures of two locations on Springfield Avenue where large trees took out power lines. The pictures were taken the afternoon following the storm (October 30, 2012). I have not been back there since. Those fallen trees may be affecting the power outage on the north side of town (although my north-side home in the NE quadrant has had power since Thursday evening, three days after the initial outage on Monday evening).
Pcisme77 November 04, 2012 at 10:51 PM
"Actually," the problem furthest north was handled by a great crew from South Carolina on Saturday. There are no trees up or in the way between Union County College and Kenilworth Blvd., as of Saturday. The road should be opened up to one block above the Cranford High School. But there is a giant tree in the way.
Donald November 04, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Here are the actual 27 road closures provided by the Cranford PD at 3:05 pm today (Part 1): 1. Springfield Avenue— Rutgers Road to Kenilworth BIvd 2. Springfield Avenue - Tulip Street to Doering Way 3. Makatom Drive - Morningside Place to Dartmouth Road/Orchard St 4. Hampton Road - West End Place to Springfield Avenue 5. Roger Avenue at Lexington Avenue 6. High Street – Hawthorn Street to Elm Street 7. Bluff Street at High Street 8. Morse Street – Denman Road to Connecticut Street 9. Concord Street – Denman Road to Connecticut Street 10. Winans Avenue – down to one lane 11. Severin Court – One way section closed 12. Jackson Drive - Commerce Drive to 55 Jackson (Graingers) 13. McClellan Street - Centennial Avenue to Cleary Avenue [Continued]
Donald November 05, 2012 at 12:24 AM
According to the Cranford PD, Pcisme77 is "actually" incorrect. According to a Nixle e-mail sent by the Cranford PD at 3:05 this afternoon (Sunday), both locations I mentioned on Springfield Avenue were still blocked by trees and/or downed lines as of this afternoon. (I have posted below a complete list of the Cranford road closures provided this afternoon by the Cranford PD.) As I said, I have not personally been back since I took the pictures on October 30, which I previously posted above. Pcisme77 is also incorrect that a South Carolina crew could have "handled" the problem of clearing Springfield Avenue. According to another Cranford PD e-mail sent at 3:31 pm today, ONLY the Cranford DPW could remove the trees, not a PSEG crew (or its out-of-state surrogate), despite what some out-of-state crews have been incorrectly saying. That is one reason why it is taking so long both to restore power and clear the roads.
Donald November 05, 2012 at 12:26 AM
(Part 2) 14. Mohawk Drive at Raritan Road 15. Mohawk - Lexington Avenue to Osage Drive 16. Lexington Avenue - Mohawk Drive to Osage Drive 17. Herning Avenue - Dunham Avenue to Belmont Avenue 18. Riverside Drive at Normandie Place 19. Riverside Drive - Springfield Avenue to Claremont Avenue 20. Craig Place - Orange Avenue to Central Avenue 21. Linden Place - Orange Avenue to Casino Avenue 22. Central Avenue - Riverside Drive to Claremont Avenue 23. Cranford Avenue - Arlington Road to Elizabeth Avenue 24. John Street – North Avenue to Hamilton Avenue 25. Bloomingdale Avenue - Elizabeth Avenue to Haskins Avenue 26. Franklin Avenue - Clinton Street to Normandie Place 27. Normandie Place - Franklin Avenue to Claremont Avenue
Donald November 05, 2012 at 12:40 AM
You are propagating misleading information. PSEG apparently has been using out-of-state crews to tend to the downed power lines in Cranford (as well as in other towns), which is why you may have not seen "PSEG" crews. In fact, you mentioned a crew from South Carolina on Saturday working at Springfield Avenue. And a crew from Illinois cleared my power lines last Thursday, just before my power was restored. I do not care if the crew truck carries the PSEG logo. The out-of-state crew repaired my lines, which is fine with me. All utility companies throughout the region are using out-of-state crews.
Pcisme77 November 05, 2012 at 03:54 AM
Seriously, are all Donalds jerks? Donald Trump and then Donald Cut and Paste. I am so happy that you have electricity. Now go away.
Pcisme77 November 05, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Just as predicted and going against the Governor, Cranford schools are closed tomorrow and Tuesday. The students might go back on Wednesday. The popular rumor is Thursday. If the nor'easter hits, then maybe Friday.
martha. crosby November 06, 2012 at 06:35 PM
When will plainfield residents get their power back on?

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