‘Morristown may be without power for several days,’ says JCP&L

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by Kevin Coughlin

Morristown, which lost power around 6 o’clock this morning, August 28, may remain in the dark for “several days,” said a spokesman for Jersey Central Power & Light.

“It’s fair to say it will be several days,” said Ron Morano of JCP&L.

The Whippany River flooded a substation on Ridgedale Avenue, and there may not be much anyone can do until the water recedes, Ron said.

“There is nothing to work on. It’s under water,” he said. “These are flood levels like we’ve never seen before.”

Around New Jersey, 262,000 JCP&L customers are without power because of Hurricane Irene. Repair crews have been standing by; it was too dangerous for them to try restoring power overnight, Ron said.

As of 10:15 this morning, forecasts were giving the utility hope that soon it could send out crews to assess the damage statewide.

“We’re seeing the end of it approaching. It’s stopped raining in Central Jersey,” Ron said. “Once we assess everything, we will have a better understanding of the situation.”

Area officials warned residents prior to the storm to stock at least 3 days’ worth of essentials, including water, food, flashlights, and batteries.

Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty and other officials are urging residents to stay inside. Trees can topple at any time in the soggy soil, and motorists have been stranded on flooded streets in Morris Township and Morris Plains, according to officials in those towns.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. i AGREE THIS IS SO ABSURD. I PAY 10 K A YEAR IN TAXES AND THIS IS THE S— WE GET. THE HOMELESS SHELTER NEXT DOOR HAS POWER AND I DONT. YOU HAVE TO SEE A PROBLEM WITH THIS A TAX PAYING MORRISTOWN LOCAL HAS NO POWER BUT THE BUMS LIVING IN THE MARKET STREET MISSION DO. iM SORRY THIS ISNT OK AND CHRIS CHRISTIE YOUR A LIER AND ITS SAD. I DIDNT VOTE FOR YOU AND WOULD NEVER THANKS FOR NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!

  2. To whom it may concern,
    I am very worried about my parents who are senior citizens in Morristown. To be without power for so long. They have lived there all their life. I was brought up in Morristown and it is a great town. I just can’t believe that they are saying the power won’t be restored until the weekend. This is outrageous. I do realize that Irene was a big hurricane, but the warnings were way, way in advance and I feel the preparation with Jersey light and power and PSEG etc. was not good enough. I know that area and Jersey in general have extremely high taxes and when it’s time to use it for what it is supposed to be used for, not to mention the huge utility bills households pay for — you fell short. I am so very worried about my mother and father. I now live in New York City and we had the power back almost immediately. They truly did work round the clock. Not just saying they are. In other areas in New Jersey where they were and always are hit so hard that is different. I went over to Morristown today and it really didn’t look so bad. Like the poor folks in Wayne and that area, that is different. They have that horrible flooding problem always.And this hurricane was truly awful for them. There just seems to be something really wrong here besides the obvious circumstances of extreme weather. Just telling your customers to have water and batteries. Come on! With no other information.
    Even Atlantic City by the Ocean is up and running.
    This is pitiful for such a fabulous town. Not to mention all the business’s that are losing money.
    Let’s get with it Mayor Dougherty and Jersey light and power! When it really counts where are you? Very dissapointed in the government in my wonderful home town!

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