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Outages Fluctuate, Still Linger in Hopatcong

While utility crews were in the borough on Saturday, many remain in the dark.

After JCP&L's outage map reported , that number fluctuated throughout the day Saturday.

A daily update from the utility company sent to the media Saturday afternoon included a photo of crews working in Hopatcong. However, outages in the borough rose to nearly 3,000 at one point, according to JCP&L's outage map.

The outages dipped to 1,197 at about 9:30 p.m., according to the JCP&L map.

Go here to report if your street's power has been restored.

Brian Burns November 11, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Still nothing on Vermont tr. Jcpl needs to be kicked out of NJ.
Hop-at-cong November 11, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Spoke with JCP&L yesterday and today. Yesterday the woman was from PA, today, OH. They know nothing except what they're being fed from the powers that be. All the trucks are gone, drove around this morning and haven't seen one worker. Nothing. Apparently they feel they're work is done here, even though plenty of us are still without power. This is day 14.
Bobby Mac November 11, 2012 at 02:47 PM
I have found the communications from the Mayor of Hopatcong to be quite satisfactory! There was/is information released daily! There are Hopatcong and Hopatcong Police Facebook pages where her information releases have been posted, radio broadcasts, and press releases. Many people from our neighboring towns have reported that they have had no communications at all from their officials. Also, most people don't realize that JCP&L spent DAYS waiting for VERIZON to come in and replace their poles so JCP&L could hang the wires. I have found that the majority of people who complain here on the patch, and on facebook are mostly uninformed and don't know what they are talking about.
Gina Buongiorno November 11, 2012 at 02:53 PM
I live in an area where my power feed is underground, meaning no issues with lines. I'm still without power. I have thought I'd be one of the easier homes to get back up and running. Very frustrating but as with any business, you can only do what your resources allow.
jazzman November 11, 2012 at 02:54 PM
WOW you are absolutely right on about that, they were amazing and during the storm I recognize at that time all there hard work also!
Shelly November 11, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Try calling 888-544-4877. I spoke live today with a rep. Again they state by today power will be restored but it did cause me concern when she asked how many people I think do not have power...really! She also stated she would transit the info to a supervisor in case they were unaware of the outage! I explained that I live on Durban Ave. (near P.O) and the crews drove up and down all day yesterday to the staging area at the DPW and if they did not know we had no power I give up! Mayor or OEM an updated is needed for the people in town that do not have power. I don't care that the Governor states all will have power by 11:59 tonight. I want to hear something from you!
scott pruden November 11, 2012 at 03:11 PM
i am at the end of maxum drive , also a county rd and called jcpl yesterday and talked with a rep. she told me that we would be restored by sunday pm. its not looking good ! as of sunday morning maxum drive area still has no power ! futher more the road remains closed ! , with poles and power lines in the roadway. i know i may be a little bias here being that i live in this section of town , but how can maxum drive still be closed on day 13 ! being a through way for residents in and out of town ! God forbid we didnt need fire or rescue in our area ! At least our school superintendent calls and keeps me posted on school issues. Mayor ? OEM ? roads thats are closed on day 13 ! NOW EXCUSE
Shelly November 11, 2012 at 03:17 PM
If that is true then I truly give up. Please see my comment below regarding my call to JCP&L this morning. This really is ridiculous!
Paul November 11, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Contact all the media you can. Let them know we are frustrated with JCPL lack of communication. Realize that the linemen are working hard and the damage they are fixing was significant. We all know this. Our frustration is at JCPL for lying to us and refusing to share information with us. As for the mayor, you'd think she would be out visiting residents or at the shelter. Shows how much she cares. I voted against her last time and I'll do it again!
Inthedarkstill November 11, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Bobby Mac, thanks for the OPINION we all have them and see things from our own vantage point. With that in mind I ask you this when was the first time the mayor actually communicated with the residence? There is more substance in your rant then was included in both official statements posted by our MIA mayor? Hopatcong is in a crisis and the mayor disappears for the weekend?? So you hit the nail on the head 'uniformed' without a doubt you obviously have more information then the rest of the town.. If it was not for the amazing work the HPD has been doing we would still be in the dark, wait we are!!! I gladly accept the mayor resignation for failing to step up to the challenge and do what she was elected to do...
Paul November 11, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Bobby Mac, why isn't JCPL putting out this info? We get our info directly from them. If what you say is true, then they know their estimates are bogus. Proves the point that JCPL does not communicate with us.
eddie November 11, 2012 at 04:24 PM
I was just told by jcpl customer service that hopatcong may not get power completely restored today because they do not what to pay sunday overtime to the workers....are you f....n serious...if somebody can forward this to our mayor asap...please..
jazzman November 11, 2012 at 04:27 PM
uniformed? i speak only from my eyes and ears...the Blvd closed for a week and two days,after Thursday you could have walked that section on foot only then would you have the same thoughts,why isnt this road open,there was no reason for it,some even drove around the barricades after total fustration
Michele Meyer November 11, 2012 at 04:40 PM
We are now getting estimated bills from JCP&L. Those without power should not be receiving bills until we receive power....
Michele Meyer November 11, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Front page of today's Star Ledger has a picture and caption of tree crews working in Hopatcong before the Nor'easter this past Wednesday. It would lead someone to think that full power has been restored and that everything is back to normal in town. Tried to find a number to call Star Ledger today regarding this, but couldn't reach a person on a Sunday. Maybe if we can publicize the power problems that still exist, that will help get some answers. Don't know how else to go about trying to get someone to give those still in the dark some real information.
Terry Bond November 11, 2012 at 06:33 PM
I just did some calculations based on the NJ Assessment Records Database and there are 180 properties listed in the Wildwood Shores section of town. That's not counting the other side of Maxim by St. Jude's. As far as I know all of Wildwood Shores is still without power and that's just one section of town. JCP&L currently lists 1151 homes still without power. If you look at their map all of the towns around us are green(51-500) or blue(1-50) without power. We are the only yellow town(501-5000) in our immediate area. I know the crews have been working hard to restore our power, but our schools NEED to reopen. How are these kids ever going to make up all the school days they have lost?
Beverly Dettelbach November 11, 2012 at 07:05 PM
J cpl repeating same recording what to believe no trees or poles down on Smokerise what is the holdup unreal what is the truth will it be before thanksgiving or what where are the Public officials in town home in their well lit homes with heat hot water we are the forgotten people we pay out bills and taxes two weeks is too long and no answers why
Alan J November 11, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Bobby mac, 1900 of us had no power, cable or internet, some no facebook, how we to see what mayor Usless posts? Others are right, go to next town meeting, GET HER OUT OF OFFICE! she is more worried about her own self and income. Lets not forget the payoff from JCPL last year of $400,000, that should have been used to knick jcpl out of hopatcong and surrounging area!!!!! She MUST Go !
Gooch November 11, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Power just came on, DuPont Rd south of Northwestern.
candi November 11, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Just got cable back. No power on Elmira yet
Bobby Mac November 12, 2012 at 12:13 AM
As I stated so many times: To those who helped me during this crisis, THANK YOU! To those whom I've helped, or continue to help, YOU'RE WELCOME! To those of you who do nothing but complain about the mayor, JCP&L, road closures, gas lines, and what ever, all you've done in contribute to making a bad situation worse!
Stephanie November 12, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Still no power on caribou trl:(
michelle November 12, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Woohoo power back on broadway area...and cable...its like xmas
Stevie November 12, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Perhaps by putting your macbook back on the shelf and picking up the telephone? Many of us, who have been doing this long before you were born, have simple and very effective ways of communicating. And they’re dirt cheap. If you think everything you need to see or hear has to come to you by way of Facebook or Twitter, then go back to school, you didn’t learn anything useful there.
bpforr November 12, 2012 at 01:59 AM
It’s no coincidence that as of Sunday 9pm Hopatcong is the ONLY town in the entire state with over 1,000 outages. Our town elected officials have failed us.
Alan J November 12, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Yes Bobby, WE complain when a elected offical takes office, they should respond to the peoples needs and complaints, INCLUDING, the ones from other officals ,from state, county and other surrounding towns ! End of story. You are a great man, for helping out others...
Joyce Gould November 12, 2012 at 12:43 PM
We got power last night. Why the mayor chose to put things on Facebook is beyond me. A lot of people don't use Facebook. Doesn't our town have a web site? The frustration people have is over lack of information from JCPL. They are the ones responsible for communicating with people and they did a very poor job.
Stephanie November 12, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Caribou trl still no workers.... We must be the only street without power WTH?
28 year resident and taxpayer November 12, 2012 at 11:09 PM
who was the""BLANK"" in the OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT? called 2 days after power was out and was told "10 to 14 days". two days later was told "10-14 days". 5 days later i was told "10 -14 days". the next time I called and asked what's with the power. the reply was "you don't have any!". who was responsible for setting the office of emergency management up , the marx brothers?
Frazure November 13, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Woohoo???

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