Updated: Some South Orange Residents Told No Power Until 11/15

The utility says that nearly half of those without power have had it restored


Updated: Friday 5:30 p.m.   PSE&G says down to 2100 SO households without power. 

Again, please post your neighborhood if power has returned.

Updated 2:30 p.m.:  South Orange residents have told Patch that they are now hearing 11/15 as an estimate for power restoration by PSE&G. The date was, first, 11/5 then 11/9. 

PSE&G reports, and the Village issued a statement saying that nearly half of those without power have had it restored. Some residents are skeptical.

From the Village: As of Wednesday afternoon, PSE&G reported that there were now between 2,000 and 3,000 households are without power in South Orange, down from 4,700 at the finish of Hurricane Sandy's major impact Tuesday morning, which was approximately 90% of the households in South Orange.

At the same time, numerous residents -- nearly 100 -- have told Patch that they don't have power restored, nor have they seen trucks.

The Village released noted: 

Many PSE&G crews have been through South Orange, with many more working at the substation and distributer level, repairs to which will positively impact power restoration in South Orange, though the work on those is done outside of town so will go largely unseen.

Some comments from residents posted on Patch or via South Orange Patch Facebook include: 

"I don't know of a single person in South Orange whose power has been restored..."

"It makes sense that business areas and larger roads get it restored first. I also do not know anyone who has had their power restored."

"No one I know has had power returned. Woman just told me she LOST power last night after having it all along."

"Me too. I know NO ONE who got power back."

"If that is accurate - great news. However, I find that percentage incredibly hard to believe."


More from the Village:

Village Officials have participated in daily conference calls with PSE&G representatives, in addition to numerous individual calls and emails, to monitor the status of PSE&G's efforts to restore power and aggressively advocate for our residents. PSE&G has reported that Tuesday afternoon, after the hazardous conditions had subsided, were devoted to damage assessment for use in planning the restoration effort.  Immediately thereafter, repair and restoration efforts commenced.  According to PSE&G, the first focus was on critical facilities such as hospitals, emergency services facilities and nursing homes.  At the same time, crews began the repair process at the substation level and are branching out along the grid into neighborhoods, working from larger primary lines down to smaller individual services lines. 

South Orange's power situation is unique with power lines running through backyards. On one hand, it enables our public works crews to open streets sooner (only a few streets in South Orange are still blocked off, out of the nearly 75-100 that were blocked originally). 

As reflected in the PSE&G statement below, PSE&G is not able to commit to a specific town by town, neighborhood by neighborhood restoration timetable, at least at this time. PSE&G reports that they have crews working around the clock to restore as much power to as many people as quickly as possible.  The latest PSE&G projection is that the majority of households won't be back until the end of the weekend, at the very earliest. We have been communicating with county and state officials to ensure that we get as accurate and up to date information as possible from PSE&G on the progress of power restoration in South Orange.

Village officials will continue to monitor PSE&G progress and efforts while advocating for the restoration of South Orange power as soon as possible. Additionally, Village officials have been in close contact with the Essex County Office of Emergency Management to help expedite service to critical facilities supporting South Orange infrastructure, such as schools (Not just for school purposes, but also for polling stations on election day), and power to refueling pumps for our emergency vehicles. The Village Department of Public Works has completed all possible tree and debris removal to assist in that effort, and is awaiting PSE&G's crews as several locations to finish that process.

We will continue to update the community as we get more information.


Have you had power restored? If so, please post your neighborhood in the comments or on SO Facebook.

Victor Alcindor November 02, 2012 at 05:57 PM
It's infuriating to hear claims that "PSE&G reports that nearly 50 percent of South Orange that had NO power now HAS power" when I have yet to see a PSE&G truck in my neighborhood. As always & like last October, the residents of Tuxedo Park will be the last to receive attention!
ALICE LEPREE November 02, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Edna Axelrod November 02, 2012 at 07:14 PM
No trucks in Newstead and a tree at the school has ripped wires to the ground.
Patrice Avelene November 02, 2012 at 07:50 PM
I live in Bloomfield, just off of Grove st. We have been in the dark and cold the past 4 nights, tonight will be the 5th.I havent even seen a PSEG van recently or seen anyone by our block to look at the damage. What is going on?
Patrice Avelene November 02, 2012 at 07:54 PM
I also heard that certain neighborhoods are being shoved off for last to get power back because no one in that neighborhood knows anyone who works with pseg. What a shame.
S. Carter November 02, 2012 at 08:05 PM
I'm concerned about the telephone pole, down tree, live wires on South Orange Ave. by Hart Drive. Contacted PSEG and Verizon the night of the storm when the accident happened and not one truck has been to the location, only police. Very sad and I'm concerned since children walk to school near my residence.
Stephen Mackay November 02, 2012 at 08:07 PM
I have yet to see a truck on Redmond or anywhere in town. Someone may not be telling the truth.
Daria Knarvik November 02, 2012 at 08:22 PM
I'm furious at the absurd numbers that PSE&G is dispersing. I know of noone who has had power restored in town. Even more infuriating is the fact that someone in Livingston just told me that this morning the utility workers from all around the country who came to help were still at the staging area waiting for instructions. I'm sure they're not pleased sitting there aimlessly for 5 days. Someone needs to let the Governor know what's really going on.
Jim Behrens November 02, 2012 at 08:26 PM
I think every neighborhood has been treated the same by the absent PSE&G
William Kochi November 02, 2012 at 09:33 PM
I have not seen any PSE&G truck in my area. I've called several times and the restoration date keeps getting pushed. I doubt if I will get power next week. Also, like others, I have NOT heard of anyone that had power restored.
Jack Lewis November 02, 2012 at 11:28 PM
I live on west coast now, hard to imagine what it is like back in NJ with no power. Still not able to reach everyone by phone/email due to outages.
C Z November 02, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Where is the leadership? This is unacceptable to residents. 11/15 is outrageous.
connie thompson November 03, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Has anyone from mountain station area had an update? I have no been able to get through recently.
eyal November 03, 2012 at 01:45 AM
I have created a public google map to map the power outage in South Orange & Maplewood. Please add your street or send an email with the street name and city to eyal.public.nj@gmail.com the map web address is https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=218125540309753709728.0004cd8cabd33820cc4f7&msa=0&ll=40.752556%2C-74.269048&spn=0.005291%2C0.012585 https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=218125540309753709728.0004cd8cabd33820cc4f7&msa=0&ll=40.752556%2C-74.269048&spn=0.005291%2C0.012585
Irvin Yee November 03, 2012 at 03:00 AM
I called PSEG when power was lost. Today rep claims case was closed and service was restored. Not true. He had to reactivate claim. Now he says service will be restored by next Friday.
Maria Marino November 03, 2012 at 11:31 AM
any power on North Cobane Terrace, West Orange?
MJB November 03, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Any updates for Mayhew and Harding?
Tux Parker November 03, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but this was posted to the PSEG website at 11 AM today. No mention of South Orange at all... Essex County -- Crews will be also be focusing on Irvington, West Orange, Montclair, East Orange, Bloomfield, Maplewood, Orange and Belleville this weekend..
michael miller November 04, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Who can believe anything that PSEG releases or for that matter anything politico's state as fact." Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance" is an old military adage that Politico's and utilities are incapable of following.
gina Plaitakis November 09, 2012 at 10:16 AM
Still no power for a large number if residents in the Village Colonial Neighborhhod, west of Irvington Ave between Prospect and Garfield. Ally one else still experiencing no power?


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