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Power May Not Be Back On for Two Weeks, OEM Says

JCP&L's projected Hopatcong power restoration numbers on Sunday were not met, officer says.

remained in the dark Monday, the Hopatcong OEM coordinator said.

Officer Robert Haffner, coordinator of the OEM, said it was unclear why the utility company was not able to get the power back to the residents. He said the latest prediction for power restoration in the whole town is within two weeks.

Some areas around the borough have gotten their power back, while the majority of town remains in the dark.

Police said the center of town by the Municipal Building first got power back on Saturday night.

Residents have reported having power back on Chincopee Avenue, Lilchester Road, River Styx Road, Amherst Way, and Elba Point.

Haffner said the crews are working in the substations throughout town, and is unsure as to which areas will be geting their power back first.

JCP&L spokesman Mark Nipowski could not give an estimate on Monday when Hopatcong will get its power restored or why the 1,900 homes did not get their power back, but said the majority of customers throughout the North Jersey region will get their power restored by Wednesday night.

He said there were 2,900 customers in the borough without power as of Monday.

Nipowski said throughout the territory, there are 8,200 workers involved in the restoration efforts.

Mayor Sylvia Petillo said there were 19 JCP&L workers out in the borough on Sunday working to restore the power.  She said crews have been working 16-hour shifts daily to clean the debris from Sandy's damage to get the power back up and running.

Jen A November 06, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Here's something...JCP&L Outage report. Yesterday morning, it showed 4,000 something people affected, 6,000 something served, and 66% affected. ( I don't recall the exact #s but I know affected was in the mid- 4000s and served was in the mid 6000s). Today, as of right now, it shows 2773 affected, 6540 served, and 42% affected. So if approx 2000 people were served, and 20% of customers served, then why is the # of customers served still 6540. Shouldn't the # of customer served have gone up into the 8000s? They are full of shit.
Sam D November 06, 2012 at 08:18 PM
I agree but what can we do? The problem is the lines are down, new poles need to go up, transformers need to be replaced. I'm not making any exscuses but to make this happen you need heavy machinery and skill set's most of us don't have. In my line of work when we have an emergency we have 8 hours to recover it or we are fined $10K a minute. My customer will go as high up as possible to get the issue resolved ASAP. And they will sit on a phone call until it's resolved. We need the OEM and mayor to do this with JCP&L, PSE&G and the governor
bologna November 06, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Verizon may be resposible and you may be accurate in your tale of how things are done. But the mayor and cooridinator of oem are most definitely responsible for getting answers and communicating to the people that is their job during a disaster, so if they just sit on their rump and say its not my fault they are useless! if they dont' have any responsibility for anything why the "F" are they anything at all - theres a reason towns have an OEM and cooridinator and it's not to do nothing at all but point fingers and say not me, i didn't do it! Officer Haffner has not done his job and you can defend him all you want but its the truth! If was responsible for something at work and just said I don't know, it's so and so's job I would be fired!
Bill November 06, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Frankly, I don't care so much about the lights, the no heat and no water part bothers me. I am sharing a generator my neighbor offered to let me plug my refrigerator into it so that I won't lose my food like I did the last 2 hurricanes. I unfortunately don't have the money to purchase even a small generator to power anything. I am worried the pipes in my house will burst from the cold and worried my trees that luckily withstood Floyd, Irene, and now Sandy may end up coming down yet. But you know what? I really no longer care, I am that fed up with all of it, I called my bank today who holds my mortgage and told them one more week and I am walking away, do what you have to do. There ya go Syl another $8k in property taxes out the window. Keep it up, soon it will be a ghost town; it'll be so quiet you'll be able to hear your self aging.
Bill November 06, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Exactly.....
PTPLEASANT November 06, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Where are those telephone poles?
Joe Smith November 07, 2012 at 12:06 AM
The town is a disaster and it is completely unacceptable . The residents of the this community lives are on hold and it is beyond comprehension that we may not get our power back for weeks. I pay 8000 in taxes for nothing, my electric bill averages 200 a month for nothing. JCP&L should be brought up on charges for theft, I can't go back to work my home is 40 degrees and I try to get my child out of district for school. I hate the town, its leadership and the companies that serve the residents. I have lived in the town since 2005, building a home here has proved to be the largest mistake in my life....I feel bad for my family because of the mistake I made in deciding to move here. Since 2005 this is at least the 8th prolonged outage of power and I believe the third in the last year......To all the politicians, I know the town is a complete pit but we are human beings who when our taxes are due pay, when our utility bills are due we pay and finally on this election day when the time comes to vote we keep or remove you from office. The mayor should be ashamed, i know I'm ashamed to live here.....PLEASE HELP THE RESIDENTS OF THIS SMALL TOWN BY LETTING US GET BACK TO OUR LIVES!!!!!!!
The Mayor November 07, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Trying to see if I can comment
Joe Smith November 07, 2012 at 12:11 AM
The town is a disaster and it is completely unacceptable . The residents of the this community lives are on hold and it is beyond comprehension that we may not get our power back for weeks. I pay 8000 in taxes for nothing, my electric bill averages 200 a month for nothing. JCP&L should be brought up on charges for theft, I can't go back to work my home is 40 degrees and I try to get my child out of district for school. I hate the town, its leadership and the companies that serve the residents. I have lived in the town since 2005, building a home here has proved to be the largest mistake in my life....I feel bad for my family because of the mistake I made in deciding to move here. Since 2005 this is at least the 8th prolonged outage of power and I believe the third in the last year......To all the politicians, I know the town is a complete pit but we are human beings who when our taxes are due pay, when our utility bills are due we pay and finally on this election day when the time comes to vote we keep or remove you from office. The mayor should be ashamed, i know I'm ashamed to live here.....PLEASE HELP THE RESIDENTS OF THIS SMALL TOWN BY LETTING US GET BACK TO OUR LIVES!!!!!!!
Fritz November 07, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Sylvia doesn't read patch. email your concerns to her at spetillo@hopatcong.org
antonio November 07, 2012 at 01:24 AM
The one main thing I had noticed is that there is a severe lack of communication, whether its the power company or the town officials....
Josh Dubnick November 07, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Why is the percent out going up? It was as low as 35%, now the jcp&l website says 43% out in Hopatcong. What gives?
Anna November 07, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Ok everyone, go to town hall and sign up to volunteer...move some debris, bring your chainsaw, and if you can't do that, pass out coffee. This is our town, and we should all assume some responsibility to get our community back! Complaining isn't going to do anything but get us more wound up. There's no official volunteer program, but if we pool what's left of our resources, we can get this show on the road! A few people I know, including my own family have cleared some trees from the road and cleaned some debris already. We all want our power back, let's do what we can to make that happen.
Sam D November 07, 2012 at 01:48 PM
I like this Bobby, I might have to use it!!!
Sam D November 07, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Ok, they need poles, what about the poles sitting in the yard on 80 past Howard Blvd? Let's get those installed.
Sam D November 07, 2012 at 01:57 PM
I contacted the congressman and got a call back saying that he was extremely disappointed in JCP&L. I also saw a story last nigh on news 12 about Hopatcong where a couple who has life support equipment in their house hasn't seen one truck working on the equipment to restore power to her. Now we have people who really need power back to survive and no one is doing anything. Kudos to channel 12 for running the story, maybe it will help.
Brian November 07, 2012 at 02:25 PM
There was some improvement yesterday, with truck on main roads, anyone seeing trucks today? I'm at work, so I'm not around town...
adam zatuchney November 07, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I just got off the phone with the mayor and she was very helpfull. She shared with me what is going on. Hopatcong has been assigned a rep from JCP&L. That rep is not giving us acruate numbers. We are missing residents from the list that JCP&L uses for hopatcong. The mayor has been workign with Washington to get us help. After my long talk with her i feel alot more confident then ever that mayor petillo is workign with us not against us to get this issue resolved.
Gooch November 07, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Agreed, hard to blame them for the problem. BUT, I hold them DIRECTLY ACCOUNTABLE for the lack of a resolution. Why are they at the HHS Shelter all day!!!! Get yourself down to Trenton if that is what is needed, find a way!!!!! Get in front of Verizon, Get in front of JCP&L. Invoke action. That is what a leader does!!!!!!! These people are NOT leaders.
Gooch November 07, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Great insight. If that is the case, it is good to know. Someone from they Mayor's office should be communicating it to us, not leaving us all to figure it out on our own. I do not want our Mayor at the Shelter. There are plenty of volunteers capable of handing out sandwiches. She needs to be getting information to us, instead.
Jen A November 07, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Amongst the down poles and wires in my area, we also had a tree sitting on top of a utility pole. Not sure what if any damage was done to the pole but it was leaning pretty low, but appeared to be intact. I'm at work, but I got word that an Asplundh (Sp?) tree service was finally at our location to deal w/ the tree. So I feel good that that is getting done, however that only involves the tree and has nothing to do w/ power restoration. A step in the right direction for sure, but I'm still not seeing anything about power getting done anytime soon. I called news 12 NJ myself yesterday, so I'm sorry I missed them in town, where were they by?
Peter James November 07, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Adam you are delusional
Frank November 08, 2012 at 04:11 PM
John you are 100% correct. What are they doing? Obviously nothing. Our politicians obviously did not have a plan in place. They are inept and should all be fired because of this.
elizabeth disbrow November 08, 2012 at 06:09 PM
ABSOLUTELY CRAP!!!!!!! The mayor had her power restored and then sent the trucks to Mt.Arlington from what I heard. I also agree.How can we get power back if NO TRUCKS are around. I was hocked to see lakeside blvd open. I live on skidmore and no one around me has power. Go figure the center of town has it first though wtf,. Every other town has power pretty much BUT Hopatcong. I am pretty fed up with this town.
Bill November 08, 2012 at 10:33 PM
After this debacle is squared away I think it would be appropriate for two things to happen: 1. Fire the entire existing Administration and get some new blood in there every election it's the same people or the other usual suspects that get elected it's a ridiculous cycle. As you can see, "experience" is NOT always dependent on how many years you have "performed a task". 2 A Class Action suit should be filed against JCP&L and the Board of Utilities if for no other reason than to have it docketed and duly noted as a matter of record. But what do I know, I am at the "Walk-Away" point, I realize that would do enormous damage to my credit history but at this moment I am not concerned about that issue at all. So if anyone out there is looking for a good deal on a large comfortable home, let me know....
Bill November 08, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Try sitting in their trucks sipping coffee or reading the paper or sleeping.
Jeff Guttenberger November 10, 2012 at 04:26 AM
I am a member of Hopatcong CERT we have worked tirelessly with AmeriCorps and Red Cross to provide food warmth and sleep for our fellow Americans. If you are alive and well quit complaining. This was a disaster of historic proprotions not a plot to upset your good life. Be Safe Be Well Be Happy Jeff Guttenberger
Diana Barcadepone November 10, 2012 at 02:14 PM
I live on Indian Trail, Hopatcong, and it is now November 10th. and still no POWER from JCP&L!!!! who dropped the ball here.... you call customer service and all you get is... your account number please, your name... then you start all over again about the situation and the response is... we will be putting in a new ticket for you because you previous one has expired...?????What the Hell are you talking about.. been without power since 5:18 PM Monday, Oct. 29th along with many others. but have yet to see a truck except for yesterday, Nov 9th. 2 trucks to be exact on Lakesdied Ave. which runs into Indian Trail. Then I was told that my power comes from Dover, NJ sub station??? We want a reliable person if any that is associated with JCP&L to tell us what the hell is going on and a representative of the town that can give us some peace of mind in this aftermath instead of all the lies that have been told. Lakeside Ave. has been hit hard which leads into Indian Trail... half of all the trees were cut by our own....we need help up here!!!!! 2 wks and no power has damaged alot in some homes who btw have septic and well which is most of us...now saying this Sunday, Nov. 11th... I will be calling this morning to see what lie I hear next....
Diana Barcadepone November 10, 2012 at 04:48 PM
apparently you have a generator, yes?
Carol Yaniga November 12, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Wonderful words Heather! I just got power back last night. Yes I was freezing, trying to see by candle light and trying to keep my furry companions warm. I do have a fireplace, so we were somewhat warm in the living room. But my home and my family were unharmed by this storm. For this I am grateful!

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