100 Percent Still Without Power in Hopatcong

No power has been restored in Hopatcong since Tropical Storm Sandy took out the borough's electricity Monday night, police say.

Hopatcong is still 100 percent without power two days after Tropical Storm Sandy tore through New Jersey and knocked down numerous trees and wires all over the state, according to police.

JCP&L is still estimating power will be restored in 7-10 days.

Officer Robert Haffner said JCP&L is working in the borough on Wednesday to survey the transmission lines. He said JCP&L and the DPW continue to remove fallen trees and wires.

Haffner said the three major roadways Lakeside Boulevard, Maxim Drive, and River Styx Road remain closed.

He encourages residents to stay off the roads because the power lines and trees that are still down pose hazardous driving conditions.

Haffner said there were at least 8 reports of trees that fell on homes Monday night in Hopatcong, and about 50 poles that either snapped or broke.

The high school remains open as a shelter, and all schools are closed for the rest of the week.

Read all of our Hopatcong-Sparta Sandy coverage here.

joe October 31, 2012 at 05:06 PM
guess the restaurants/stores run on different lines since they seem to be open
Kelly October 31, 2012 at 06:42 PM
One fell on mine. I wonder if I am part of the 8.
Lakescape October 31, 2012 at 08:59 PM
It funny I don't see one power &a lite truck around. Anyone else see one?
SAMCRO October 31, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Nope I have not seen one power truck either. And what is with the county ya think you might want to clear at least the main roads. And as far as some buisnesse they may be running on generator power. They do have portable industrial generators
Angie October 31, 2012 at 11:56 PM
I saw JCPL the day after the storm assessing the damage. And then I saw them again today working on lines across from the high school. It will take a loooong time- there are tons of trees down!!!
Robin C. November 01, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Does anyone care about North Western Jersey?? Sussex County has 92% without power! My town, Hopatcong, is 100% without power!!! JCP&L was originally saying 7 days and now won't even estimate how long our town will be without power! The whole town is out and we still haven't seen a single vehicle for trees or power from JCP&L. From what I have seen on the news it seems like our county is forgotten about too! 92% of our county is still without power, which means we have no heat, no water, no stoves, no bathroom facilities. Thank you JCP&L, Governor Christie & Mayor Pettillo for being so prepared for us in the north!!!
TM November 01, 2012 at 01:52 AM
No I have not seen one tree clearing crew yet. I don't know why I would think they should get in first to clear the way for power company's.
Joanne madalena November 01, 2012 at 03:03 AM
I saw about 4 tree removing trucks in the short time I was home getting sir clothes for myself and kids today. Also saw JCP&L truck yesterday. I think people do t realize how much damage there is and how much man power and equipment is needed. Something like this should bring us together instead it's constant complaints. I'm happy my family and friends are safe. I thank the mayor and gov for doing all they can. Maybe you haven't seen the photos of the shore areas or heard that Red cross is set up in our high school?
Joanne Flexser November 01, 2012 at 11:57 AM
I saw at least 2 crews at work yesterday and the results of their work on Bell ave . People have lost their homes in our town. High school is available for you to warm & clean up. Disastrous situation calls for patience.
Sussex Resident November 01, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Have you not seen the complete devastation in the southern part of our state? Houses literally off their foundations or down to rubble. I think you should thank your lucky stars that you're only without power. Especially since there is a shelter set up at your high school where you can go for warmth, food, phone charging, etc. You may not have power but I assume you still have a house, your family members, and your possessions. Maybe if you took heed and prepared, by filling your bathtub to flush your toilet, and having supplies, you might not be so cranky.
Tony November 01, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Its very frustrating to be without power, especially as it gets colder out. I understand there is a LOT of damage out there, but it would bring some comfort to at least get some information from JCP&L as to how they are proceeding. It would be even nicer to see even a few tree crews on just one of the main roads making some progress. I know its going to be a while before we get power back, but its even worse to be in the dark as far as information is concerned.
JenniferB November 01, 2012 at 02:47 PM
I work in Wharton which has power and saw at least 12 out of state utility trucks leaving JCP&L on Dewey this am. There was also two flatbeds with poles on them. Help is arriving to the state. I'd like to thank the fire department for helping the residents of Wildwood shores be able to get out of the neighborhood. They were cutting trees that were on Maxim on Tuesday. With gas being short, I'm sure their chainsaws can't run 24/7 either.
Brenda Breheny November 01, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Mayor Petillo, if you read this, is there a way (like Sparta did) to approve Hopatcong's DPW (with emergency funds from the town) to at least start clearing the trees so that JCP&L can start working on the poles, wires, etc., when they are ready, instead of having to clear all the trees first? Hoping for a positive response! It has been 3 days now, and nothing seems to be getting started to clear any of the aftermath up. Please let us know what is going on with progress, as I do not see any updates on the website. Granted there is no power, however, the high school is open, and there are ways to connect to the internet as long as there is power, in order to provide an update. Please update us all, so we know what is going on. TY!
Mike D. November 01, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Complain about the power line upgrade, and then complain when the power is out.
Brenda Breheny November 01, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Sorry, should have said: Granted there is no power in the town, however, the high school is open with power, and there are ways to connect to the internet as long as there is power there (at the high school).
Steve Lori November 01, 2012 at 04:04 PM
any thing happening in landing by pathmark
Mike D. November 01, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Yep, that's the one. You do know the power you use is generated somewhere else and it transmitted through other peoples towns to your house right????? The power grid needs upgrading and some Sparta people are standing in the way of progress. Now that the lines to Sparta are down people there are complaining about the power grid????????
Matilda November 02, 2012 at 08:51 PM
There were 3 trees down on Leo Avenue since Monday. Yesterday they cleared one. Why didn't they clear the others since they had the equipment right there? I agree we all have to be patient and I see a lot of people helping each other which is wonderful. The high school is doing a great job feeding and giving shelter to those who need it. I just think if they have the equipment in one area, do the whole area and not just one tree.


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