UPDATE: Power Restored to Over 1,000 Knocked Out Wednesday

Outages occurred as crews pulled fuse to safely cut trees, police say.

The 1,203 customers in Hopatcong that JCP&L reported were without power Wednesday morning were restored by the afternoon, Mayor Sylvia Petillo said.

Hopatcong Police said on their Facebook page at about 10:15 a.m. that the outages occurred because a fuse was pulled at Squire and Durban Avenue so the crews could cut trees safely.

They said these outages may happen to other residents in the next couple of weeks.

"Residents can anticipate this happening in the next few weeks for the same reason in all areas," Lt. Thomas Kmetz wrote. "This will only happen during daylight hours and should only be for a limited time to get the trees cut."

They said no one from JCP&L warned officials that these outages were going to occur.

Residents reported having outages on Rutgers Way, Santa Fe Trail, and Brooklyn Mountain Road on the Hopatcong-Sparta Facebook page.

Stevie November 14, 2012 at 04:33 PM
This is NOT what JCP&L was telling customers after they pulled the plug, so to speak. As posted elsewhere at patch.com, a JCP&L customer support rep told me, this planned work was to, "switch us to a new power grid.” That statement makes no sense whatsoever for such a small group of customers, but what was quoted in this article makes perfect sense. But as of a few seconds ago, there’s nothing at all about this incident at the Boro’s web site, except the Mayor’s last “update” from 11/12. So much for better “communication.” But this article also provide a small insight to the narrow audience for what passes for “communication” from our Boro administrators. It seems that Boro employees are spending tax-payer subsidized time to frequent “social networks” rather than doing their job. Government administration and operations is a BUSINESS, not a social club where they can do as they please.
BeachBum November 14, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Total BS - Take control Petillo, JCP&L really is a disgrace, why can't Hopatcong have their own utility like other smart towns ?
Regretfulresident November 14, 2012 at 09:06 PM
I can understand the power company having to cut power around town for short periods of time to finish the job correctly. What I am still unclear about is why is the Dpw, who havent done really anything since the storm hit, is now working weekends and holidays(for double time) to NOT do the job they haven't been doing all along. I still feel most of this mess should fall on our mayor, if you can even call her that
Maryann Edwards November 15, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Well said ! This is what we get for our high taxes.
Kenny November 16, 2012 at 04:20 AM
They have to find different ways to waste our money so they can keep raising our taxes. Did we really need to have pavers put in for cross walks by town hall, and have new street lights around town hall, and the very bright electric sign at town hall?? Now we're wasting our taxes on weekend and holiday pay, instead of during regular working hours, that should be done throughout the year, not just following a storm.


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