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.