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Some Still Without Power in Morristown, as Another Storm Looms

Mayor Tim Dougherty suggests JCP&L resources may be spread too thin across state, as so many remain in the dark.

It's Day 8.

While Morristown remains in the "Recovery Phase" after Hurricane Sandy came through last week, another storm looms, which now is expected to not only bring strong winds, but also rain and then several inches of snow Wednesday night into Thursday.

Meanwhile, about 18 percent of Morristown remained out of power as of Tuesday morning. And that's not counting those who lost power when a garbage truck caught low-hanging power lines at Washington and Mills streets during rush hour. Which was only one of two incidents involving vehicles running into utility poles Tuesday morning.

Yes, it has been a trying time for Morristown.

But, Mayor Tim Dougherty said at a Tuesday afternoon press conference, "this storm has devastated the entire state. I would think JCP&L is stretched very thin. We're trying to be patient."

Patient, but not pushovers. While the mayor again said he does not want to play "Monday Morning Quarterback" regarding JCP&L's response to the storm, he did say a meeting with everyone involved to discuss how things could be improved was likely when, finally, everything calms down.

Unfortunately, calm is not in the forecast.

With a Nor'Easter predicted to arrived sometime Wednesday packing sustained winds near 30 miles-per-hour, and potentially gusts up to 45—as well as rain and snow—Dougherty asked residents to give as much patience as they may have left. "This is very wearing and frustrating for us all. We are doing everything we can," he said.

That has included what he called "constant pressure" on JCP&L, including phone calls to the utility from Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Sen. Richard Codey.

Dougherty asked if the utility, with all the work needed to be done across the state, is not spreading themselves a little too thin. But, "they have told us it would take seven-to-10 days. This is Day 8," he said. "We're just not seeing enough activity to get this closed out."

In the meantime, the mayor reminded those still without power that Mennen Arena in Morris Township remains open as a pet-friendly shelter and that people in need of going there could reach out to the town for transportation. The town's Office of Emergency Management also remains open on a 24-hour basis for the duration of this recovery phase, Morristown Police Capt. Steven Sarinelli said.

In addition, several churches in the area are now pooling resources to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, which has served at least dinner since last week. Donations are welcome and needed, Dougherty said. Finally, Calvary Baptist Church is now accepting donations of warm winter coats, he said.

With storms, power outages, and accidents causing more power outages, the mayor said, "We're constantly battling different fronts. We're working on getting everybody's power back."

And, hopefully, nothing will prevent that power from going out again, at least for the time being. "I don't know what this next storm is going to give us," Dougherty said.

Chris Katz November 06, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Best to get out of dodge altogether and return when we have succeeded.
Motown Gentleman November 06, 2012 at 08:47 PM
John! We had a JCPL rep assess our damage last Tuesday. We asked him and he stated it was a transformer, quick fix. However, a week later nothing! We are at the corner of Morris and Ford. The street light is out creating a public danger. Its insanity trying to navigate that area now that traffic is returning to normal. Please if there's anything you can do, help!!
John Dunphy November 06, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Like the Scrubs theme song says, "I'm no Superman." Hopefully, getting these stories out help keep pressure on those with the power to get your power back.
stacie November 06, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Why can't we have a street-by-street list of when to expect power to be restored? My neighborhood was last with Irene, last with last year's October snowstorm, and now it seems last with Sandy. Hardly fair.
AJ November 06, 2012 at 09:28 PM
its not time to be patient..its time to push them, prod them, annoy them...get sh!t done! dont accept our plight mayor..you should be after them like your job depends on it.wait does it? Every mayor in nj is doing the same thing and the squeaky wheel gets the oil
Terry November 07, 2012 at 12:08 PM
And why is no one talking about the non union workers who wanted to help from other states thst were turned away?!!!
Motown Resident November 07, 2012 at 12:26 PM
I'm glad I live in Morristown and not the Township. We've had great communication throughout this ordeal. Seems, the Township spent years "patting themselves on the back" instead taking care of the taxpayers. Great job Morristown for keeping the business district powered up, that sure beat building "a namesake".
Nancy November 07, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Stacie now here is a woman with some sense! We would like to have a realistic idea as to when we will have power after over a week of being in the dark. A streeet by street list of the outages and restortions would be very helpful and enlightening. nh
MP Jackson November 07, 2012 at 12:51 PM
We have been without power for 30 days in the two years we have lived here. It's hard to comprehend how this is possible. No one has come to work on the jumble of wires near our neighborhood so I can't imagine how our power will return today. JCP&L told my husband we would have power back today. We live off Kadena. Patiently waiting...
ryancnj November 07, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Morris Township here. James Street still closed. Poles down on James and wires still down on Mt Kemble. Going on day 9 with no power, really wish the township would do something to motivate JCP&L, who give bad estimates and copy and paste twitter replies.
Rex November 07, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Fairmount Ave in burnham has 3 poles down and no work to get them up. Its a big job -so it has to be started. I imagine it will take several days once they START
cc November 07, 2012 at 07:43 PM
I live off Khadena too and would like to echo several comments above - the downed tree & utility pole is still lying in the middle of Alpine Drive - it's day 9. Alpine Drive and Valley View residents must drive the wrong way down the "one way" segment of alpine, just to get out. Alpine Drive and other parts of Morris Township have lost power for unacceptable periods of time, 3 different times in 14 months! I know, because that's how many times I've had to empty my fridge! This is positively UNACCEPTABLE in terms of JCP&L's response time & overall maintenance of power lines. Myself and other neighbors call JCP&L every day, reporting the downed wires and COMPLETE LOSS of power - yet nothing has been done. We were told we would likely have power back today (Wed., Nov 7th), clearly that's not happening. Now they're estimating Friday, November 9th - and I don't buy it. JCP&L's estimates are on their website and now say 11:59PM on Sunday, November 11th!!! Are they kidding? To boot, I stayed at the Westminster hotel in Livingston last night and watched 40-50 power company trucks PARKED from 7 PM last night, until 7:30 AM this morning!!!! How is that possible????? I'm not suggesting any one human being work 24 hours straight, but there should be enough manpower to at least have two 8 hour shifts per day going!!! I am imploring the mayor TO DO SOMETHING!!! People's lives are at RISK at this point!!!!
Mary Lou Knox November 07, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Where is JCP&L????? Not in Morris Township!!!!!!!!!!! I can't even Google anthing about Morris Township...it is all about Morristown...They have had power for several days.....

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