Outages Drop to Less Than 1,000 in Hopatcong
JCP&L map shows significant restorations made on Friday.
Power outages that have significantly plagued Hopatcong since Tropical Storm Sandy more than a week ago were significantly reduced Friday.
Only 13 percent of borough JCP&L customers remained without power Friday night at about 9 p.m., according to the utility company's outage map that indicated 866 were still in the dark.
That number dropped from nearly 2,500 Friday at noon.
Hopatcong Mayor Silvia Petillo issued a statement Friday afternoon, saying borough officials have been working to get more answers for residents.
"Yesterday and today we saw an increase in activity and power restoration in the borough," she said. "However, we realize that this is little comfort for those who remain without power. For the past 11 days, we have heard, sensed and experienced the anxiety, frustration and anger of residents who have lost their homes, or have been displaced, or are toughing it out in their homes until power is restored."
In addition to JCP&L, Verizon and Cablevision crews were working to restore service on Friday, according to Petillo.
"JCP&L continues its efforts day and night while many residents continue without power," Petillo said. "They are in the borough with more crews and we are urging JCP&L to rapidly end this power and safety crisis."