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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." 

Residents have been identifying where power has been restored by commenting here.

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."

thetruthhurts November 10, 2012 at 11:54 PM
I don't understand........This says their is less than 1000, but the JCP&L website that was updated at 6:46pm tonight showed the following..... HOPATCONG BOROUGH Customers Affected: 2,254 Customers Served: 6,540 %Customers Affected: 34%
Gerald Barrett November 11, 2012 at 12:02 AM
After this is over I think everyone on Durban Ave. should demand an explanations from the Mayor and the Borough Council on why we had to be about the last ones with power when we had no physical damage to wires or poles.
joe November 11, 2012 at 12:19 AM
I know jcpl is full of horse dung, but thought for sure they were "put into shape" by our mayor and the governor of this wonderful state that said "power to homes will be restored on sat night...its sat night and still no power in the ford bell dupont area. how exactly does jcpl get away with saying that there are only 800 people without power this morning around 7am and than now 7pm say that over 2,000 people still have no power? and what will be done to jcpl by the governor of this state or our mayor? a slap on the wrist? this is pathetic and needs to be resolved asap.
still no power November 11, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Thats still 999 without power for two weeks is to long. Who gets to play the numbers game Jcpl startedto repair main lines on Brooklyn Mt Rd & Lakeside Blvd. And stopped working on the repairs in mid stream and are gone? Hello these are major feeds to Hopatcong.
Inthedarkstill November 11, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Patch shame on you , why lead off with numbers from a source that can't count. this has been proven by the out cry from the community and the part time mayor followed suit..JCP&L spent way to long in the magic garden to be a reliable source and to that you reported on their inability to add earlier this week?? confused confused confused. tell you what lets drive around town and count the house in the dark trust me its not hard to find them i'll even spring for the gas i have about 12 containers for the generator laying around... epic fail JCPL
Mr.Clean November 11, 2012 at 01:29 AM
A friend of mine was talking to a crew from Ohio who were replacing a transformer. They said they haven't seen a transformer like that in 20 years. They also couldn't believe all the rotted poles. All the money goes to the ceo's and shareholders. What a shame.
Hopatcong Citizen November 11, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Brave Trail off of Papoose is still without power. Another day...another cold night in the dark
Gerald Barrett November 11, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Way to go Mayor. So much for giving updates every day. I live on Durban Ave and no one can get information from any body if Durban Ave. will every have power back and be able to flush a toilet again.
Anna November 11, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Jcpl just quoted tonight or tomorrow for brown trail, yeah I'll hold my breath on that!!!
Beverly Dettelbach November 11, 2012 at 02:42 AM
How come we are promised Saturday eve and now possibly Sunday. I really bieve like I heard a week ago by Thanksgiving. A holiday without powe. This is not a joke anymore. There is no power lines down on Smokerise so what is the holdup. I have not seen one truck on that road. This is costing us a lot of excess money because of this storm. Then you fill out a application with FEMA to find out I do not qualify. If my home is not loveable go to a shelter. A nice answer to be given. No compassion to us for what we the people of Hoatcong are going through How many more phone calls to Jcpl and to get the runaround and lies. You ask to speak to a supervisior and of course they do not return your calls. I guess we are not important. But I'd you do not pay your bill on time what will happen? I guess I am going to find out. They told me my bill will be estimated this month.Oh really! So how much longer is this nightmare going to last? How many more cold dark nights do we have left without power? Winter will be here and is this going to happen again? Well I said enough time to sign off and pray for a miracle to happen but not when you see the numbers going up in town with no power? Why bother listing numbers on the website they are false. I think we should all get together and contact the Governor and perhaps the. President of the U.S.
Valerie Quinn November 11, 2012 at 02:43 AM
I think someone fed the mayor and Patch a bunch if poo, stating less than 1000 remain without power, and they got caught in their lie. That may be why the number went.back up. By the way, Lakeside still out.
frustrated resident November 11, 2012 at 02:53 AM
This is total bs........I don't believe the mayor anymore, our OEM officials.....jcpl.....none of them.....have a meeting on Tuesday with an attorney to see what if any course of actions I can persue...
Annoyed November 11, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Still no power in the heights. Big mess on Knox way.
Brian November 11, 2012 at 03:39 AM
I say we all start sending JCP&L Bills for all the gas we put in our generators (I'm at $25/day), and any other costs we had to go through to get electric. I was lucky enough to borrow a generator, and I know how to wire it myself to the breaker box to get heat and water, but I still paid over $100 for the wire and the plug. How many people shelled out $800 for a generator, $25/day in gas, and almost a grand to an electrician to wire it up so you could operate your well to flush your toilet? We've had 5 nights with 20-degree temps, most of us have wells, and a 5500 watt generator can't run a hot water heater and the well at the same time. Send all your bills to JCP&L (gas, generator, electrician, wire, 220 plugs, and spoiled food). They will NEVER pay it, but if we band together, and all send it in, we can't be ignored!
Brian November 11, 2012 at 03:41 AM
By the way, if you have a generator, try your cable and Internet. MINE WORKS, and has since mid-day Saturday (11/10). How can I have cable and Internet, and no power. Never mind, I know why... Incompetence!
Michele Meyer November 11, 2012 at 03:46 AM
At 10:40 PM on Saturday, only 3 other towns in Sussex County listed on JCP&L outage report with outages over 100 and all under 400. If numbers for other towns are accurate (not likely), Byram had power restored to nearly everyone today. Why the lack of progress only in Hopatcong and why aren't the crews that are finishing up in other towns being directed to Hopatcong to help?
Josh Dubnick November 11, 2012 at 04:10 AM
MBA-- You are right of course, the SAME crew can't be in more than one place at once. But multiple crews can be working simultaneously. 14 days is not acceptable. Heck, 5 days is not acceptable. Power companies have been cutting staff and cutting preventive maintenance for years (since deregulation) because they can maximize return to investors. It's time to make those same investors pay and pay dearly. I read that the NJ BP"U can only fine companies $100 per day for negligence. That fine needs to be increased to $100 PER CUSTOMER per day. And it needs to kick in after 24 hours if not during a state of emergency. During a state of emergency, it can be increased to 48 or maybe 72 hours. Any longer than that and there must be a PRESUMPTION that the power company was not prepared to deal with the situation. If there are a million customers out then the fine would be $100,000,000 per day--an amount that would quickly threaten to bankrupt the company (or at the very least depress its stock value and force it to eliminate dividends for a while). That would get the stock holders screaming and force them to do their job. As Governor Cuomo said when he heard that LIPA ran out of poles-- "Poles and Wires-- that's what they do!" They need to have spare parts,enough employees to perform preventive maintenance (like replacing old splintered poles and old rusted transformers BEFORE they fail) and to perform tree trimming using state of the art equipment. This is NOT OK!
Josh Dubnick November 11, 2012 at 04:18 AM
If you're not signed up for automatic payments, why not just deduct it from your bills. Once power is back, set up a spreadsheet. Create an invoice for all of your out of pocket expenses--say $800 for the generator, another $250 for gas and whatever for the electrician. Set up an invoice for the total, maybe $2,000 and each month, instead of a payment to JCP&L, send then a copy of the invoice with a line that says "Payment-Thank you" in the amount of your bill with an amount remaining on the invoice billed to JCP&L. of course, they'll never pay it outright but eventually, you'll have used enough electricity (if it ever comes back on) to cover your out of pocket. Once you reach zero, start paying again. They can't shut you off in the winter and by summer, you'll be paying something so they can't shut you off then either. Copy the Board of Public Utilities and McHose, Oroho and Chiusano with each payment and sooner or later, someone may pay attention. The only way JCP&L will wake up is when it costs them in the bottom line,
Brian November 11, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Just checked the outage map. Along with Hopatcong, I have been following Long Valley because I have family there. They have roughly the same amount of households as Hopatcong but over 4x the land area. They started with the same percentage of households down, and had just as much, if not more trees down (main road, Naughright, has been closed since the storm, and still closed as of 3:00pm today) and as of 12:30 am 11/11 they have less than 500 w/o power and we are at 1900. Why is that? Is that because their mayor gas been complaining about JCP&L on NJ 101.5 and the daily record? They have also been getting DAILY calls from their mayor with updates. What had our mayor done? Has anyone gotten a reverse 911 from the town? NO! Our schools have been calling, but the mayor can't be bothered. If you don't have a child enrolled in schools, you have heard nothing!!! Our mayor needs to be recalled. It's bad enough being in the dark without power, but we are in the dark with information from our town. It took 9 days for our mayor to speak to the press, and it was WRNJ, where you can't get signal if you are more than a mile away. The only thing the mayor said was the "the information from JCP&L has not been accurate", the mayor from Long Valley derided JCP&L on statewide media, not a warren county radio that has 3 listeners. Mayor Petillo, STAND UP FOR YOUR TOWN. Come back from your 2-week vacation, and do your job!
Brian Burns November 11, 2012 at 05:51 AM
Brian Burns November 11, 2012 at 05:53 AM
sounds like you should call EPA.
hhsstudent November 11, 2012 at 08:12 AM
Why doesn't Patch have reliable information? The JCP&L website reports 1,832 outages in Hopatcong tonight....
Stephanie November 11, 2012 at 08:51 AM
We need to get together and have a class action lawsuit against JCPL....
Shelly November 11, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Please let me clarify what I mean by an estimated payment to JCP&L...you pay what you think JCP&L is owed not what they list on your bill. My estimated bill is $80.00 higher than last month actual meter reading. Please do not pay what they are sending you as the estimated bill.
jazzman November 11, 2012 at 02:44 PM
one example of JCPL reponce to actual work,... months before the storm that telephone pole stood there in the northwood section of Hopatcong for weeks,location just after the inlet or North of the brook it was completely broken at the base and if we all remember rotting telephone pole were falling down in the hills months before the storm ever hit and after the storm it looked like they fell again in that very same intersection Madison tr near Bates these tele poles are 40 to 50yrs old at the very least and i expect them to continue to fall around us mayor,oh fyi my street light out front took them 18yrs to replace the bulb and you can look for replacement of fixtures never to see the light again,mayor petillo i have a small job for you lets see if you can do it....replace one fixture street light that stands between modick park and the cross walk to the gazebo its been blicking on and off for 20yrs by my last count,mostly off lets call it a safety issue/concern.unlike that dead tree that stood in lower modick in the 90`s fell one day taking down 3 or 4 telepoles all the way down to the Lakeside Blvd,from your smack talk to news papers you seem to have a problem with distinguishing a really dead tree from a live one and power outages from generators!Before your next news conference all you need to do is take a drive around the town after dark, open your ears and your eyes!...We all did and im willing to bet you didnt
bob November 11, 2012 at 02:55 PM
still no power on bell ave but we do have cable and internet ......somebodys not doing something they should
Disgusted Resident November 11, 2012 at 03:57 PM
The lawsuit should be against not just JCP&L but also against their parent company, First Energy. I was forced to go to a hotel in PA due to an elderly family members condition, and that hotel is housing several hundred workers from OH, IN and MI. In conversations these linemen stated they had not seen such poorly maintained lines, poles and transformes anywhere. These companies are not doing the maintenance that needs to be done. PS - Today is their last day - going home tomorrow
Brian November 11, 2012 at 11:16 PM
As of 6:15 According to JCP&L in Sussex County there are 1324 w/I power, of them, 1008 are in Hopatcong, that means in all of Sussex county, there are only 316 people w/o power who DONT live in Hopatcong.
Gerald Barrett November 12, 2012 at 12:06 AM
When I get home tonight I will believe it when I see lights in my house. After. 14 days of listing to JCP&L I would or will not evert believe them or powers who are now running Hopatcong.again. Hopefully JCP&L And the Mayor and Borough Council will be out on the next election.
jazzman November 12, 2012 at 12:16 AM
and its to bad for the mayor the chief of police Chatham is number 1 of that 1008 ...Hey Phil did you get your power yet or do i need to take a ride around town again to see with my own eyes,Durban to Broadway and Geneva to Carteret thats easily 1000 swing voters right there.She knows how to get votes i`ll giver her that,but she has know idea how to keep them shes not really a mayor,walking in parades,pouring coffee and handing out cookies to seniors does not a mayor make,and she wants to go full time with benefits to boot..GAG


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