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Outages Remain, Morris Twp. Officials Ask for 'Patience'

Warming and charging stations open through the weekend, Mennen Arena shelter now pet friendly.

About 1,100 Morris Township outages are expected to be restored this weekend, the Township Committee said in a statement released Friday night.

According to the statement, approximately 4,800 Morris Township residents remained without power Friday evening. However, JCP&L told town officials about 1,100 of those customers should expect power this weekend, the statement said.

"JCP&L has stated to us that they expect restoration by Nov. 7 unless it is an especially hard hit area," the statement read.

JCP&L did not release the street list with estimated time of restoration as of Friday night, the statement said. When it is released, the restoration schedule will be posted on Patch as well as on the town website, through Municipal Messenger, at Town Hall, police headquarters and the five fire departments.

"We ask for you patience during the recovery phase and we will continue working with JCP&L to get power back for the residents and businesses of the Township as soon as possible," the statement said.

While a number of trees and wires have been cleared from streets by the Morris Township Department of Public Works, trees that are entangled in electric wires need to be removed by JCP&L's forestry division, the statement said.

The Morris Township Municipal Building remains the primary warming center. It is also a charging center and has Wi-Fi access. The center will remain open through the weekend from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The township's five fire houses are also open to charge devices.

The Red Cross has also established a shelter and a location for a hot shower at Mennen Arena. The township asks you bring your own sleeping bags and blankets. Caged pets are now allowed at the shelter as well.

The general election on Tuesday will proceed as scheduled, the statement said. Generators will be supplied if necessary, the statement said.

Damage at Jefferson School has forced Morristown's 4th Ward, districts 2 and 3, to be moved to Town Hall on Tuesday.

More than 2,000 Morristown JCP&L customers remained without power late Friday night, while approximately 1,300 Morris Plains customers were still in the dark, according to the utility company's outage map.

Hillary November 03, 2012 at 12:06 PM
We got ours back Thursday at 2:30 and lost it again on Friday night around 11. It's like a very bad joke!!
Debbie Bruen November 03, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Once again JCP&L has forgotten about Burnham Park - 7 days each time last year - the trees have been removed by the Township - any utility trucks around?
Just sayin November 03, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Debbie they have forgotten about Mountainside Dr area too. We have trees down on 202 and Western literally both sides of us. We were out 7/8 days last Aug and Oct.
Just sayin November 03, 2012 at 07:06 PM
I went to the town meetings to complain last year and first they were "shocked" to hear we were without power that long for both storms and then assured us this would be looked into. Guess what? Bet we don't see power for weeks! I pray I am mistaken.
Tryclyde November 03, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Debbie, it's because the crews are all in downtown Morristown basking in all of the electricity.
Richard L. November 03, 2012 at 08:47 PM
It's clear that the leaders in Morris Township don't have the backbone to push JCP&L a lot harder than they are doing. 3 long-term outages in a year is unacceptable. And unlike the NYS Governor who has said he would hold utilities accountable for their performance, Christie has been too busy getting photo ops down at the shore. Interesting, however, that power in Mendham is likely to be more than 90% restored by tomorrow!
Marcel Rodriguez November 03, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Lot of elderly folks in my community, Moore Estates off Woodland Avenue in Morristown. No sign of JCP&L crews for the past 5 days,except 1 employee in a car would was "assessing the damage". A crew from Asplund arrived today to remove two trees but were waiting on JCP&L to arrive on scene to discharge live wires. Granted, many have suffered worse, but we expect the power companies to react and respond during a crisis. Clearly evident JCP&L failed miserably. Morristown mayor and council members have done nothing to aid those in need of assistance. Shameful!!! In my complex, we do not have gas stoves or fireplaces to keep warm at night. The forecast is for freezing temps by Wednesday with another nor'easter en route. Nice to know the business district in Morristown has power, while the residents around Morristown do not...
lynn magnusson November 04, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Anybody know about Country Mile power status?
Terry November 04, 2012 at 12:58 AM
These outages are so random, Marcel. During Irene last year I lost power for about 16 hours here on South Street in Morristown. This year, no power loss at all. I sincerely hope you wake to full power and heat early tomorrow, at the very latest.
Annie DeLargy November 04, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Skyline drive is always one of the last streets fixed. During Irene we were out 8 days. Getting kids ready for school is awfully hard with no power. They cleaned trees up but it is an absolute mess.
Karen Spitzner November 05, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Western Ave had power last night from Washington Street as far as Brookfield. Still waiting for power on Western closer to Rolling Hill. I've heard that tree trucks and power co. trucks have been sighted on Skyline, so maybe this area will be up and running soon.
Sharon K November 07, 2012 at 05:09 PM
The down tree has been cleared on Woodland Avenue in Morristown but no trucks or workers from JCP&L have come to clear the down wires and wire pole. People are driving by the unsafe area where there are still dangling freely and with this snow storm today their excuse going to be that "Oh, because of the storm we couldn't repair". I don't understand when it's this cold and people need electricity to heat their homes, "workers" are worried whether unionized labor is at the job. That's really UNFAIR. It's the 10th day without power, and I am freezing. My neighbors are freezing. Worry about 'union'-ship later. Please. For God's sake.
Laura November 07, 2012 at 10:39 PM
I love the jcp&l and all the out-of-state utility workers. They are slaving their butts off with very little down-time. I blame the upper management of both jcp&l, and the mayor and township committee. they have done NOTHING except hide out. how dare they! shame on them while they're probably sitting in their heated home with lights and tv! wait u ntil the next elextions! we in the springbrook and harter road WILL NEVER FORGET!
Sharon K November 08, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Of course, they are working their butts off but do you know that 'out-of-workers' that are not in the Union are being sent back? Isn't that unfair in this dire state.

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