Dark Homes in A Sea of Light

Update: Streets still believed to be without power as of Saturday night.

The noon Saturday Bernards Township update for the township's recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy's landing in the area on Oct. 29 put the number of power outages in Bernards at 1,660, down from 2,500 on Friday and about 6,600 a few days earlier.

But for the roughly 12 percent of township households without power that may be cold comfort. And it may especially be the case for those for whom neighboring streets — or sometimes even neighbors on their street — have received power, while they haven't.

Laurie Albee, who lives at 96 Alder Lane in The Hills, said that about half of her street has power, while others remain without.

Albee, who not only has her own family, but also relatives from the shore staying with her, said that workers for JCP&L haven't been seen in the area since most of The Hills went back on last week.

All five households on her cul-de-sac remin without power, she said on Saturday afternoon. Up and down the street, she said some houses have power, located next to those without.

Albee said she believes that nearby Huntington Road and Smoke Rise Road also have homes without power.

She said she drove around on Friday, talking to some of JCP&L's subcontractors around town, and was told that all that was needed to return power to her home was basically getting a fuse on that line. But — as officials have noted — the workers cannot move on to another job without directions from the main headquarters.

"It's literally crazy," Albee said of her situation, and others nearby. She said she understands the power company's priorities but would hope that those in her situation are not "forgotten."

The township website on Saturday evening included a list of streets believed to restored.

Another resident told Patch that Shephard Way had remained without power through Friday because of a tree that had taken down a wire, even after neighboring streets such as Quincy Road and Harcourt Lane had been restored on Nov. 1.

Eventually, Shephard got power back sometime between 3 and 4 p.m. on Friday after a crew apparently came by to reconnect the primarily line, although the tree remains.

That left one home on Shephard without power, she said. "The pole with lines leading to their home needs to be fixed. Hopefully they'll be part of the weekend work," she observed.

A JCP&L announcement on Friday said that power will be restored throughout the state by Saturday night, except for those customers that would need work for the lines leading directly to their homes or business.

At Friday's meeting of Bernards Township officials, Township Committeeman John Malay said that he, too, had been hearing from residents in The Hills without power, and had advised them to again call JCP&L.

Albee said her neighbors had received varying explanations from JCP&L.

Todd Edelstein November 12, 2012 at 12:55 AM
I didn't find any poor treatment or a lack of info from the crews that were working in the field. They informed me of where the main problem was(sub-station), the route of how the electricity flowed(down Cross St to Maple to Hilltop), the issues that they faced(broken utility poles on Cross St & a tree leaning on lines on Maple Ave). How did I find out? I saw a company truck w/two men, stopped them and asked nicely, if they knew anything. It was just that simple.
Shirley Titus November 12, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Any Idea if Keats Road (which is next to Haas) has power?
AnnieB346 November 12, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Where I live in PA, MetEd met EVERY DAY with our township emergency management officials. JCP&L has failed miserably in communication, organization, and execution. While it isn't possible to plan for every possible scenario, they should have a plan that can be adapted easily based on the magnitude of the outages. Workers from Duke Power who restored our electricity were aghast at the condition of the grid up here. That needs to change.
Linda Sadlouskos November 13, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Laurie Albee reports that she got her power on at midnight on Sunday, short one day of two weeks following Hurricane Sandy.
Laurie Albee November 13, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I was there as the workers fixed the fuse box located on Allen Road across from Huntington on Sunday night at 11:30pm, I recieved a tip that JCPL was in our hood. I jumped out of bed and drove down in my pajama's to greet the young men. The 3 JCPL "underground" men as they reffered to themsleves, were very nice, asked me "when power went out" ? When I answered October 27th their jaws dropped down. They said this was the first time they got a call ticket regarding those left powerless in The Hills several days after some of our block was restored. Seriously?? Not sure who I didn't try to reach out to, President Obama maybe? This is unacceptable and an outrage. Other towns, such as Bridgewater & Wayne are already in the process of getting answers from JCPL as well as signing a petition, what is Basking Ridge doing?


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