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Power Returning for Some, Days Away for Others

Much of Madison should have power Friday, but areas with major damage have a longer wait.

An earlier version of this store included a number to call to listen to recorded updates. The number was removed and should not be called because it is interfering with emergency calls.

Much of Madison is expected to have power Friday, while certain areas that sustained major damage from Superstorm Sandy likely will be without power for another three to five days, the mayor said.

In a recorded 8 p.m. Thursday update, Mayor Bob Conley said progress was being made in clearing roads and restoring circuits.

All roads in the borough except Overhill Drive and Seven Oaks Circle have been cleared, and the Madison Electric Utility hopes to have all of its circuits up Friday, he said.

Crews—including Madison employees, two crews from Louisiana, and Verizon—will be replacing utility poles, fixing damaged transformers and addressing problems at individual homes with dropped lines.

He said trouble spots that could take three to five days to have power restored include, but are not necessarily limited to, Woodcliff, Harwood, Edgewood, Dogwood, Pomeroy, Cross Gates, East and West Lanes, Hillcrest, Highview, Park Lane, Pine, Rose, Beech, Cedar, Barnsdale, Garfield, Niles, Shunpike and Olde Greenhouse Lane.

He said the borough will provide updates on those trouble spots.

Crews are making sure sidewalks around Madison schools are cleared and Conley said he expects all schools will have power and be open on Monday.

Madison's DPW and electric department crews, staff and volunteers have been working hard to help Madison get back on track, he said. They have fielded thousands of phone calls, hosted hundreds of residents at charging and warming stations and provided shelter.

"Whether you're the first to get power or the last, we're all in this together," Conley said. "If you have lights on, please reach out to friends and nighbors who still may be in the dark."

Stacy November 02, 2012 at 07:32 PM
I too am out of town. Does anyone know if the neighborhood across from Drew University's main entrance has power? I live on Rosemont Ave. Thanks!
jaime conroy November 02, 2012 at 09:11 PM
No power on rosemont. Probably not until Monday.
WJG November 02, 2012 at 10:27 PM
I live on one of these streets and I am very disappointed in the town's handling of our street. We could not drive off it until late Wednesday night, and there were zero borough workers on Tuesday on our street. Only one telephone pole was standing correctly; I think a town official saw the damage for the first time on Tuesday nigh. There are still wires all over the street and I think we won't have power until at least election day.
Terry Ziegler November 03, 2012 at 12:45 AM
So sorry that many are still without power. Madison is in much better shape than many towns nearby. Thanks to the tireless work of the people at Madison Electric Utility. It's dangerous work. Keep safe.
AB0814 November 03, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Anyone have any idea if Forrest and Ferndale have power back yet? Any info would be really, really appreciated!! Hope everyone is staying safe.

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