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Hopatcong Mayor: 'Most Important Thing Is We Have Food and Shelter'

Residents should head to high school for shelter while JCP&L currently works in the borough to clean up damage, mayor says.

Hopatcong Mayor Sylvia Petillo said residents should use the high school shelter, as thousands in the borough remain completely without electricity three days after Tropical Storm Sandy tore through the northeast.

"The most important thing is that we have food and shelter," she said. "Residents need to know the high school is open 24 hours."

Petillo said the Red Cross continues to serve three meals per day at the high school. She also said pets are allowed, as long as they're in crates.

Petillo said JCP&L crews have been out in the borough on Thursday making assessments and working on the power lines to help get the borough back up and running.

"JCP&L is in town and they've already started to work," she said. "It's just going to take time. There's a lot of damage here."

Petillo said the power company is currently working with the DPW to remove the wires off roads. Once the wires are clear, the DPW will start removing the trees, she said.

"The first step is to make roads safe," Petillo said.

As of noon on Wednesday, Petillo said Lakeside Boulevard will be open soon. She said the crews have been clearing the road and getting the poles up.

She said the power company is working on distribution lines throughout the northeast, and they plan on getting another 100,000 customers across the region with power in the next couple of days.

Although it is not clear exactly which part of the region will get the power back first, Petillo said that the company is aware that Hopatcong has a shelter and is in desperate need.

While gas is limited around town, Petillo urges residents to conserve their gas and not to drive around unless it is an urgent need.

She said the borough's emergency vehicles are still fine with gas, and to call the police at 973-398-5000 if any help is needed, or 911 for an emergency.

Stay with Patch for our continuing coverage of Sandy.

Read all of our Hopatcong-Sparta Sandy coverage here.

Chris P November 02, 2012 at 02:30 AM
This is just the beginning folks she has to be the worse mayor I ever seen were all not stupid and I will tell u I'm a electrician I know the process and it takes the guys awhile to work on the power lines but I have never seen a complete incompetence like this power is completely out remove the trees u can't just have the dpw doin it that's unacceptable other towns have actual tree removal companies doin it everyone has to come together sign a petition for her removal cause the lack of effort from these so called officials in our town is blatantly obvious just want to make one more point hopatcong is a 100 percent complete shut down doesn't that call for immediate response not 2 days of assessing then no one doing anything or very little me my wife and our five month old is stayin with our parents the crews here in long valley and hackettstown worked hard to get power back and they did so where is that support in hopatcong no where to be found
HopRes November 02, 2012 at 03:52 AM
I don't see Lenape or Sparta opening their doors to anyone so stop complaining. Hopatcong once again is doing all they can with what they have. It's not much but they try.
Peter James November 02, 2012 at 11:34 AM
In the absence of true leadership, the people will listen to any idiot who steps up to the podium.
Peter James November 02, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Petillo & Marranzano - perfect together
Brenda Breheny November 02, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Still not a lot of progess, nor a lot of communication. Why weren't residents told that there is a garbage dumpster at the town DPW garage that people can put their garbage in (since there is no garbage pick up currently)?? This is the lack of communication that I speak of! It's really aggrevating! So, yes, Hopatcong residents can bring their garbage to the DPW garage (across from the police station) to put in the dumpster. Also, if you happen to see a garbage truck, and it's not your usual pick up day, you can stop them and ask if they will take your garbage; they will oblige!
Concerned1 November 02, 2012 at 12:12 PM
I don't understand why as of Thursday trees were still down acroos main roads like Lakeside Blvd and Brooklyn Mnt. No sign of workers any where. Drove all around town and still no sign of anyone DPW or utility company workers. So Mayor where exactly are these workers? As the Mayor of this town there should have been a plan. No one knew about shelter at High School. My 75 year old mother went to pay her taxes at Borough Hall and asked if there was some place she could go and was told the HS was open. Why should anyone have to ask? Info should be visible some where. People need to see progress to feel better about this situation and as of Friday morning no progress. NOT acceptable Mayor!
CASA D PIZZA November 02, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Casa d pizza at 408 Mt Arlington Blvd is open serving breakfast and lunch dinner 973 398 9900 we will b open at 10am so come join us and wish everyone the best
Simply Wondering November 02, 2012 at 01:47 PM
When has the mayor ever carried through on anything?
joe November 02, 2012 at 02:18 PM
so jcpl now saying on their outage report that 13% of hopatcong has power, should i continue to watch this website? or do they not really know whats going on? or are we just not being updated properly with the number of outages in the town? i see alot of sparta is back up (from friends)
Robin C. November 02, 2012 at 03:10 PM
For my Hopatcong friends & Family: Just got info. from a reliable source in Hopatcong. There 68 poles down in town. JCP&L will be starting work tomorrow to get power back up. They are aware of storm heading our way with the possibility of snow and will be trying to get as much power up before storm but estimates are 7 to 14 days to restore power. I hope this helps!! And thank you to my reliable source for this info.
anne ashbury November 02, 2012 at 03:25 PM
looking for information on Kari Black of Mt. Arlington Blvd. in Landing. Her sister Tami has not heard from her since storm started. Contact me at anneashbury@yahoo.com with any info.
Jessica November 02, 2012 at 03:34 PM
The mayor lied in this statement. Lakeside blvd. was not clear as of noon Wed and doesn't look like its going to be soon. JCP&L hasn't been in Hopatcong clearing wires. They are still down every where. Did this lady see the tree on Bell, the wires and trees hanging on Northwestern near DuPont? People are driving right under them. You haven't done a thing Mayor. You didn't even put out you speech of lies until Thursday. Two days after Hopatcong went to hell. We need to get this Mayor out and we need to find people that care about getting out power back. How are we still 100% without?
Ggggary November 02, 2012 at 04:14 PM
What I'd like to know is that, even though JCP&L claims to be working 24 hrs a day restoring power, 100% of Hopatcong is still without power, and yet the JCP&L yard next to 80 eastbound in Wharton is loaded with trucks both morning & evening when I go by to and from work. What are they doing? I see the same trees and the same wires blocking the same roads day after day. And all our mayor can say is they are assessing the damage? How about next time my electric bill comes due, I tell them that I will be assessing paying it for a week or two?
Robin C. November 02, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Here is what JCP&L has posted on the outage map for Hopatcong: HOPATCONG BOROUGH Customers Affected: 5,676 JCP&L is continuing to experience power outages due to the severe weather that has passed through our service territory. Crews are working around the clock to restore power to all the affected areas. The majority of customers are expected to be restored by Wednesday, November 7. Customers in the hardest-hit areas are expected to be restored throughout the following week. Please treat all downed wired and damaged electric equipment as live and dangerous.
ss November 02, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Amy idea about voting stations next week?
Karla November 02, 2012 at 07:07 PM
I went to the shelter and they had ravioli and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and the red cross brought chicken bread fruit water ! We ate like kings so don't give up on the shelter we had a great experience there . Also they had hot showers! Thank you to everyone who is volunteering !
cynthia hawley November 02, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Maybe the mayor was busy making arrangements for my quadraplegic brother. Right now my brother and family are warm and fed (and greatful), while waiting for power restoration. Thank you for your help Mayor
Judy November 02, 2012 at 09:30 PM
They were accepting dogs the the hs today. good luck!
Robin C. November 02, 2012 at 10:22 PM
From the Hopatcong Police Department Facebook Page: VOTING IS ON - PLEASE CALL BOROUGH HALL FOR INFORMATION @ (973)770-1200 ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS: FORMER LOCATION NEW LOCATION DISTRICT 1 (MUNIC. BLDG) HOPATCONG MUNICIPAL BUILDING DISTRICT 6 (CIVIC CENTER) HOPATCONG MUNICIPAL BUILDING DISTRICT 9 (MUNIC. BLDG) HOPATCONG MUNICIPAL BUILDING DISTRICT 11 (FIREHS #3) HOPATCONG MUNICIPAL BUILDING DISTRICT 2 (FIREHS #2) HOPATCONG HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 3 (FIREHS #4) HOPATCONG HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 4 (AMBULANCE SQUAD) HOPATCONG HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 5 (MIDDLE SCHOOL) HOPATCONG HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 7 (FIREHS #2) HOPATCONG HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 8 (BOE MTG RM) HOPATCONG HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 10 (ST JUDES) HOPATCONG HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 12 (MIDDLE SCHOOL) HOPATCONG HIGH SCHOOL EARLY VOTING - SUSSEX COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE 1 SPRING STREET, NEWTON, NJ FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2012 - 8 AM - 6 PM SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2012 - 9 AM - 3 PM SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2012 - 10 AM - 2 PM MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2012 - 8 AM - 3 PM
Marie November 02, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Contacted Allison McHose's office and Board of Elections. Was told voting will hopefully take place at Hopatcong High School and Municipal Building. Your regular voting site should post a notice telling you which building to go to.
Ggggary November 03, 2012 at 12:28 PM
What happened with clearing Lakeside by Wednesday, Ms mayor? Saturday morning and its still blocked. If you can't get that right, how are we supposed to believe anything you say? The politicians who run this town should be ashamed of themselves for their response to this storm. It's almost like they had no disaster plan in place before, and now they're just 'winging' it.
Simply Wondering November 04, 2012 at 12:47 PM
The mayor misspoke about the most important thing... We are alive...
JohhnyMc November 04, 2012 at 05:49 PM
The Mayor is clueless. We will make it thru this because we are stong, the only truly helpful thing the mayor can do is go back to her office and stare at the walls as usual.
I love Hopatcong November 04, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Have you been helping out?
I love Hopatcong November 04, 2012 at 06:51 PM
The mayor has been around town and working at the shelter constantly. This is a terrible and unprecedented situation that is in the hands of the power companies. The last I heard there are 15,000 crews active around the state, but some areas are devastated. When you drive around Hopatcong you see that our DPW has done what they can, now it is up to Power and Light.
I love Hopatcong November 04, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who are giving of themselves even though their families are also experiencing hardships.
pross24 November 05, 2012 at 10:35 PM
"the first step is to make the roads safe" ummm when is that going to happen the trees are still in the same spots with wires on the streets since last week. sorry but i do not see any progress in this town.
NAOMI M November 06, 2012 at 06:22 AM
Really sorry to hear that happened to you.
Juanita Szoke November 11, 2012 at 01:42 PM
So does your own mayor, but she made sure the power trucks were in her area first.
Juanita Szoke November 11, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Well if your have a friend in town the road department will come and clear it away if not forget about it. People in our area were taking down there own trees because they were still blocked in four days later but the the one house on Ruth street got opened. It was my understanding that the town road department were not to move any trees with wires on them. The second day there were opened. It pays to have friends in town.

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