Parts of Morristown Still in the Dark Wednesday
JCP&L press conference scheduled for 2 p.m.
While many Morristown businesses and residents welcomed Wednesday like any other normal (read: powered) day, many here and in surrounding communities woke up once again without electricity.
From 10 a.m. to just before noon, Morristown Medical Center was added to that list.
Pam Garretson, public relations for the hospital, said the power had been restored at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. During the outage, they were presently on emergency power. "We're still taking patients for the ED (Emergency Department), and trauma, as usual. Patient care is not impacted," she had said.
A press conference with JCP&L was scheduled for 2 p.m. at the electrical supplier's Convent Station headquarters.
Readers had also been sending messages Wednesday morning indicating the neighborhood surrounding the hospital had also just lost power.
Mayor Tim Dougherty, who yesterday held a press conference saying JCP&L crews were expected to be working around the clock to get power back on those who were affected by the flooding of the Ridgedale Avenue substation (those whose power remains out because of downed wires may have to wait longer) was expected to speak with JCP&L representatives Wednesday morning, and would have a statement shortly thereafter.
"Town Officials were advised that ... the restoration efforts will continue throughout the night," according to the Tuesday evening release from Capt. Steven Sarinelli. "We thank all residents for their patience and cooperation during this difficult time."
As businesses began to reopen and residents in Morristown began to power up throughout the day Tuesday, Dougherty said that almost the entire town should have power before the end of the night.
He did stress, however, that there are still a number of damaged power lines throughout Morristown–as a result of Hurricane Irene over the weekend–which he said are being addressed as quickly as possible.