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, 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 those who were affected by the flooding of the Ridgedale Avenue substation () 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 , 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.

Gwee August 31, 2011 at 11:59 PM
Can you specify which stretch of W. Hanover has no power so I can update my map? http://g.co/maps/86uf
Liz sofman September 01, 2011 at 12:23 AM
Anyone know anything about Chestnut Street?? My folks' place down by Sandy Hook just got power back today, and they had 3 ft of water in their backyard. Hope Motown follows suit ASAP.
Megan September 01, 2011 at 01:02 AM
Searing Ave - power is back! It's not too far from Chestnut, Liz.
MA September 01, 2011 at 01:14 AM
It's from the corner of White Birch to about four houses down. Still nothing.
Dwitz September 01, 2011 at 01:18 AM
Still no electricity for the metropolitan at 40 park
Kelly September 01, 2011 at 01:35 AM
Liz, Chestnut Street has power (at least the condos do...have not driven down past the condos)
Sean September 01, 2011 at 01:53 AM
Can anyone confirm power on Elm St. as reported by Morristown Partnership? Particularly apartment buildings on the Green-side?
mary ann September 01, 2011 at 12:21 PM
It's Thursday morning and all is still dark on Mountainside Dr. Anyone have an update?
Pete September 01, 2011 at 12:48 PM
Still no power at Jacob Ford Village.
Bernadette September 01, 2011 at 12:50 PM
Jacob Ford Village still out - anyone have any updates?
jbvmdhicks September 01, 2011 at 01:31 PM
Still no power on Hill Street....
Pete September 01, 2011 at 02:04 PM
Bernadette - I'm in Jacob Ford as well. Was told by JCPL last night that it was due to a downed tree on a line, and that they were aware of it (I believe the phrase they used was "there's a work order entered" or something to that effect). They still wouldn't commit to a time estimate for it being fixed though.
lwf September 01, 2011 at 02:08 PM
Power on Woodland restored overnight.
Uncle Pierre September 01, 2011 at 02:51 PM
Had power right through the storm until Wed morning when I believe it was "switched off". They are taking from some to give to others. So the squeeky wheel gets the oil... Don't get me wrong, I feel for those that have been out since Sunday but a little warning would have been nice. Now I can add my rotting food to the piles that already exist.
Chris September 01, 2011 at 04:21 PM
Any power on Hill Street yet?
Kim September 01, 2011 at 04:55 PM
Chris, I just spoke to JCP&L and was told they are waiting for someone to cut the tree down before they work on the line at Hill Street. Hopefully someone is on their way (JCP&L is hiring private companies to do this). Power is expected to be restored by Friday evening or by the end of the weekend, which is not very specific. I hope sooner!
Tyler September 01, 2011 at 05:10 PM
There were people on Hill St. yesterday evening cutting down trees behind the apartment building (44 Hill I think). It makes me wonder what else they actually need to do.
Kim September 01, 2011 at 05:52 PM
Really? Well than I guess it's a matter of JCP&L returning to do the repairs. I think we need to keep reminding them.
Chris September 01, 2011 at 07:40 PM
Thanks, Kim! What's a little discouraging is that I had heard the same thing Tuesday about JCP&L having to hire a private service to cut down the tree. There was a tree-cutting service truck outside the apartments Wednesday. They slowed down in front of the apartments, and then just kept going. It really seems like no one is in charge at this point. It's very disorganized to say the least! Should it take this long to just cut down the tree??
Chris September 01, 2011 at 08:15 PM
In the Morristown Patch news thread from yesterday, "JCP&L, We're Hoping Most, if Not All, Get Power Today," someone wrote that as of around 9:30 this morning (Thursday), there's still a tree leaning against power lines at 44 Hill. I wonder which trees they were cutting down last night.
Kim September 01, 2011 at 08:24 PM
Just got a call from JCP&L in response to my BPU complaint that I filed online a few hours ago! They claim Hill Street is restored. I'm guessing this is not accurate but cannot verify this as I am still stuck at work. Anyone there able to let me know? And if it is not on, please keep calling them and file an online complaint with BPU. They did at least respond.
Chris September 01, 2011 at 08:46 PM
Kim, I just talked to someone who drove by the apartments at 44 Hill about 40 minutes ago, and everything was still out. This is a dumb question, but what does BPU stand for, and how do I file an online complaint with them?
Kim September 01, 2011 at 08:53 PM
This is not a dumb question at all, I just use them regularly through work. BPU is the Board of Public Utilities of NJ. They handle any complaints you have with your utility company. Typically people contact them when their utilities have been shut off for one reason or the other. Their website is http://www.nj.gov/bpu/index.shtml Just go to residential services and then file a complaint. They responded within 2 1/2 hours. Although again, they claim we are back on and it appears we are not. I will call the outage line again when I get home.
PeterB September 01, 2011 at 08:53 PM
BPU = Board of Public Utilities
Kim September 01, 2011 at 08:55 PM
Or call BPU (Board of Public Utilities) to file a complaint at (800)624-0241
Tyler September 01, 2011 at 08:57 PM
I'll be back to Hill Street in the next 30 minutes or so. I'll be sure to update this post if I get there before someone else.
PeterB September 01, 2011 at 08:57 PM
As per Morristown Police Dept. Community: Town Hall Senior Center, 3rd floor, is open all night with food and water for those without power. https://local.nixle.com/alert/4727016/?sub_id=586620
PeterB September 01, 2011 at 09:05 PM
When this is all said and done, I would like the BPU to set up a town hall meeting with JCPL, so they can tell us to our face why they dropped the ball on all of us. And to explain to everyone what part of underground explosions they consider normal. Would make for entertaining evening!
Tyler September 01, 2011 at 09:52 PM
Just got back to Hill Street. There is NO power here. Looks like they lied to you Kim.
Chris September 01, 2011 at 11:03 PM
Unbelievable! What's the point in lying about it?!


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