Downed Power Line Detour Expected Until At Least Wednesday Morning

Repairs on three utility poles knocked down by garbage truck at Washington and Mills streets likely to happen in the morning.

For those trying to get around the area of the Morris County Courthouse, we have good news: the utility pole accident that happened there Tuesday morning has been cleared.

The bad news is the larger of two separate incidents, involving a garbage truck catching low-hanging wires at Mills and Washington streets around the same time, is expected to not be repaired until Wednesday morning.

Mayor Tim Dougherty said a conversation with JCP&L area manager Stan Prater this evening indicated a detour currently in place because of that accident this morning will continue throughout the night, and that those repairs would not begin until the morning.

As the wires down at Washington and Mills are still live, it was discussed whether or not to power them down for the night, which would result in the potential loss of power for customers in that area. "I'm hoping they don't," Dougherty said, noting an on-site observer was suggested as an alternative.

The decision to power down or not was not reached by the end of the call. "We're hoping they can wait until tomorow," he said.

According to a Nixle.com alert Tuesday night, some areas of town may experience power interruptions Wednesday while the utility poles are repaired.

Matt November 07, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Customers in that area (Hillcrest) haven't HAD power in 9 days.
lillie November 07, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Oh boo hoo, they might lose power....I just threw up in my mouth! Maybe I will call the police tomorrow and tell them a garbage truck took out the 3 pole still laying on james street so they better hurry up and fix it. Give me a freakin break!
Debbie Bruen November 07, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Just went down to that intersection - pole still broken and a JCP&L rep is sitting in his running truck "guarding" the intersection - that is money and resources well spent - still no power in Burnham Park - Day 9!
Maureen Denman November 07, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Debbie - in addition to the wasted resources by First Energy lets not forget the 2 shifts if Morristown PD that stood guard to ensure nobody got too close to the billion volts of live wire that the Cipollini garbage truck pulled down yesterday. Where is Cipollini during all this - sitting in the comforts of their warm home up in Mendham. I think there needs to be some accountability for this bird-brained move by the driver..... Those lines were already compromised & lagging - he should have known he couldn't clear those lines!
Jon T November 07, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Can someone explain why this automatically becomes the #1 priority when there are people who have been waiting 9 days for restoration?
lillie November 07, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Lol jon t, I bet lots of us r thinking the same thing. Today I am calling and saying a truck took out our poles, maybe that will get it fixed by me....oh but wait....the james street 287 bridge is closed for repair and thomas jefferson has power, that def means dead last this time. Why don't all the residents without power simply meet at town hall at a said time and bombard the mayor? I went the other day and was told his majesty couldn't speak with me because he was on a conference call with dan lynch. Really, and I also saw the big pink elephant sitting at the desk there. Give me a break morris township, once again not going to bat for your tax payers, and while I'm at it cut down some of these freakin trees that are causing all these problems!
HeleneSB November 07, 2012 at 01:17 PM
We're also going on day 9 despite repeatedly reporting down wires at the intersection of Ketch & Lake Rd. Who are the geniuses that allocate resources and prioritize repair service? Off with their heads!
LaurenM November 07, 2012 at 01:36 PM
I live in the area affected by the garbage truck incident, and I think what some might be forgetting is that we DID have outages last week. So think about having services restored, and then out again. I sympathize with your situation (I’m in the same boat) but making this a "because we don’t have power, you shouldn't either" type forum seems a bit ugly.
Marcel Rodriguez November 07, 2012 at 01:52 PM
What's ugly is that the mayor, pice and JCP&L are making this a priority when so many of us have been without power for TEN days. I live off of Woodland Avenue and have to see a single utility vehicle or a mention of service restoration by town officials. Be thankful that you at least had power restored for a while and fault the garbage truck driver and not criticize those of us who wish the town officials gave a damn about us!!!
Marcel Rodriguez November 07, 2012 at 01:55 PM
CORRECTION: What's ugly is that the mayor, police JCP&L are making this a priority when so many of us have been without power for TEN days. I live off of Woodland Avenue and have yet to see a single utility vehicle or a mention of service restoration by town officials. Be thankful that you at least had power restored for a while and fault the garbage truck driver and not criticize those of us who wish the town officials gave a damn about us!!! (Sorry about the earlier typing errors, but my hands are numb!!!)
Stephen Kratochvil November 07, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Leaving town this morning at 5:30 A.M. (still dark out) I was unpleasantly surprised to see that Recycling Trucks were out and about. Mayor Dougherty why don't you step up to the plate and suspend trash and recycling collection until wires have been replaced or removed. It seems like commen sense that if you are running trucks around in the dark, on streets that are not fully functional, that another incident of pulling down wires, poles, etc. will occur again. C'mon man!!!
Stephen Kratochvil November 07, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Oh, I forgot to thank Motown Police; I have had more contact with them in the past week than in the 17 years I've lived here. Without exception they have been professional, helpful, and courteous.
Josh November 07, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Your right Marcel, I live on Hillcrest and have not had power for 10 days. So why is your power more of a priority than mine. What I want as priority is the 2 gas stations on that corner that have gas and no power.
Jon T November 07, 2012 at 02:31 PM
It's not an "us vs. them" attitude, its just about doing what's fair. There is a very long list of locations that have been out for 9 days. This incident happened yesterday, and while it unfortunate for those who had their power restored, only to lose it again, this repair should be added to the bottom of that very long list. There is no reason why this should leap-frog everyone else on the list.
Josh November 07, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Jon T - There are people connected to these poles that are on that long list of people without power. So I guess that means we should go to the bottom of the list and lets add a tremendous amount of additional traffic as this is a major intersection in Morristown. And hey here is an idea if we fix it maybe the 2 gas stations (with gas, no power) would be able to provide an additional resource of gas for our struggling community.
lillie November 07, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Wish I could say the same for the morris plains police. Went to get gas in one measley 2.5 gal can and the creep told me I had to stand in line with the cars....I was a pedestrian. I was waiting for him to ask me to put my license plate on my ass!
Jon T November 07, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I respectfully disagree Josh: If someone in my neighborhood were to "accidentally" cut down a pole with a chainsaw, then we should jump to the top of the list according to your logic. What if another tree falls on wires in today's storm? Do we move to the top of the list, or not? Plenty of people are still being inconvenienced by detours. If this is such a critical intersection, it should have been monitored and/or the wires raised last week. There are still plenty of gas stations with no power and they are obviously not getting any special consideration. I still don't see much of a compelling argument for this to become a #1 priority.
Josh November 07, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Jon T Not sure I noticed how this was moved to the top of the list. Maybe this corner was next on the list to be repaired. Please let me know where this list is, so that I know when my power will be back on. Oh wait I know it will be on in 7-10 days.
Josh November 07, 2012 at 03:52 PM
also if it was moved to the top of the list, why was NO work done last night. I thought things were being worked on around the clock.
lillie November 07, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Just called the mayors office i in the township....recording says now not till Saturday so realistically we will be without power for 2 weeks.
Linda Ettl deriso November 07, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Lynn ct in windmill pond - out since monday, just called JCPL and was told my outage was not in the system and they didn't know I was out. Said they had cleared that ticket! So is that how the numbers are going down? Clearing trouble tickets without doing the work? New estimate for morristown is 11/11 or whenever. My brother lives in manahawken - first floor of his home was destroyed but they were able to get power back on yesterday.
ryancnj November 07, 2012 at 06:09 PM
what is the #?
Monica Wedderman November 07, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I live on washington street near the intersection in question. We had no power from the start of the storm through Saturday evening (6 days). Does it really make better sense to just shut down power to us and leave the wires on the ground, no it doesn't. Plus there are not many grocery stores in town and the A&P has lost their entire stock of colds and perishables for the third time in little over a year. That small store cannot withstand loosening it a forth time when the polls can easily be fixed. I don't know the conditions in some other parts of town and I feel horrible for you all but we are in this together. God bless us all and may we make it through Athena unscathed.
Frank Vitolo November 07, 2012 at 07:15 PM
FYI - Don Lynch, President of JCP&L is going to be on NJ 101.5 at 3:00 p.m. today. They may be taking phone calls, but not sure.
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