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Friday's Update from the Township of South Orange Village

Latest update on storm recovery and power outages.

Village staff have fielded hundreds of phone calls and emails on lingering power outages, and has provided as much up to date information to people as possible. These reports has been passed to PSE&G, and as of Friday night, many areas that were out are coming back online.  There are still various areas out in town, and the Village is keeping up to minute track of statuses via social media, phone, visual inspections and word from PSE&G.

We believe that all of the areas out have been forwarded to PSE&G, and we have re-sent addresses multiple times.

County officials, state legislators and the Governor's Office have all been brought into the picture by the Village to keep PSE&G accountable for reports given on outage information and to ensure a more timely response to homes in South Orange.  Some towns in the area are experiencing similar, and worse, outages, and although South Orange is down to 350 customers without power, there are still 6,000 PSE&G customers statewide without power.

Extra police patrols have been added to neighborhoods without power to ensure our resident's safety and we are getting reports of crews out in those areas right now.

The Governor has mandated that all homes be fixed by the end of the weekend, and the Village is hopeful that the vast majority will indeed be repaired this weekend, with the rest on Saturday.

As always, the Baird is available for a shelter, and can be accessed by calling the SOPD 973-763-3000.

DPW has been, and will be, continuing to clear debris from the road.

This is an update from the Village of South Orange and the Office of Emergency Management.

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Colin Strasser November 05, 2011 at 11:25 AM
Can you share the list of addresses with us? It's Day 8 and we're still out on the north side of Hartford Rd. PSE&G crews were here overnight but said they couldn't repair wires because the trees and branches haven't been cleared. They faulted "central," who I assume is their dispatcher. We've privately contacted a tree service, but they are busy until Monday. Can OEM or DPW help with that?
George Matias November 05, 2011 at 01:15 PM
After clean-up from storm's over. Many trees along South Orange Ave. need trimming. esp.corner of Kingman Rd. & Stanley Rd. They're covering the street lights. Also, Between Park Pl. & Grove Rd. Don't know if they're county or town trees. Also, many on corner of Riggs Pl. & Irvington Ave.

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