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South Orange on Track for Power Restoration Shortly

Crews from as far away as Florida are working around town

South Orange residents may soon breathe a sign of relief in their light, warm homes. The latest PSE&G schedule, says Village President Alex Torpey, shows that on Sunday, some 745 homes will have power.

Monday should see some 906 homes restored. This means that by Monday night/Tuesday almost every home in South Orange will be restored.

This story will be updated.

Tux Parker November 04, 2012 at 07:43 PM
That's good news, but about 1700 S.O. residents with power by Monday night/Tuesday still leaves about 1600 without power Wednesday and beyond, if you believe the PSEG workforce report from today which states that 3267 S.O. customers are without power.
Paul Foster November 04, 2012 at 07:50 PM
That's very interesting to hear, since PSEG's latest estimate (as of today, not yesterday's) now shows, (according to the nj.gov website) zero restorations today OR tomorrow with about 2/3 restored on Tues and almost 1,000 households still without power on Wednesday, 9 days after we lost it... I think again, they are just paying lip service to the people who elected to represent our interests, and and appear to be failing miserably... Again
Laura Woodworth November 04, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Can you tell us when Circuit 4003 will be back up? Ward Place is dark and cold! Thanks -
Zack feldman November 04, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Any word on Church street and Third street?
Theresa Young November 04, 2012 at 09:07 PM
"ALMOST every home" will be restored? Why almost? Are there specific areas that you have knowledge of that could still be without power?
allie November 04, 2012 at 09:39 PM
has anyone heard anything on montrose street?
William Kochi November 05, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Saw a few PSE&G trucks this morning. Their first stop at 9am was for coffee and bagels...the usual routine. Not a good thing to see especially when 'most' people eat breakfast before they go to work...at least I do.
CD November 05, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Where is the latest PSE&G update? (the one that the Village Pres references or perhaps an even a newer one) Though likely posted on Saturday, http://nj.gov/nj/home/features/spotlight/20121103-05-2_PSEG.pdf seems to be the last official update, although it could be old, as it contradicts some of what officials have since said... Interestingly page 3 displays SO not getting help until Wednesday... Hope that is not the case, but perhaps it is still accurate, especially since we have seen little improvement over the weekend... Actually over the past week.
Freyja Gallagher November 05, 2012 at 01:51 AM
I am increasingly disgusted with the pressure on local government to angle with PSEG for "priority status." PSEG is prioritizing localities by # of customers without power, which makes a huge amount of sense to me. I am as annoyed as anyone else who still doesn't have power, perhaps more so as I have a young infant, but it makes no sense to petulantly insist that elected officials somehow agitate to put South Orange earlier than some other location that has more people out of service. Grow up.
T Thadius November 05, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Early this evening I saw a lineup of 15 large utility trucks on Wyoming. Spoke to a couple of the professionals from MS. who came here to restore power. We all know how much worse it was for a whole bunch of people all around us. And these guys, along with 2 other truck line-ups from Miss and Ark, I was told, would be here, working, to get us back to normal.
eyal November 05, 2012 at 05:37 AM
There is an extensive effort to map the power outages in South Orange & Maplewood - see the map here http://goo.gl/maps/elJZ7 You can send the street outage information to eyal.public.nj@gmail.com or post it online at this link http://www.southorangevillage.com/vc/discussion/89469/maplewoodsouth-orange-power-outage-maps/p3
stephanie November 05, 2012 at 03:25 PM
PSEG website for my account says that power has been restored, but yet it hasn't. I called PSEG but cannot get through. My guess is this is one of the reasons that their numbers and information are so inaccurate.
t kaufman November 06, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Has PSE&G included the ENTIRE Montrose area in their plans to restore power this week or have some Montrose streets been overlooked in the so-called prioritization? Are certain streets in Montrose the "poor relations" of the village because we seem not to be part of anyone's plans to restore power at the same time as the rest of the village. Has anyone seen a PSE&G or contractor vehicle in the Montrose area since the hurricane? Has anyone in Montrose had power restored yet? I understand that many towns are in worse shape, but if you're going to prioritize South Orange, shouldn't all residents of SO be treated equally? If PSE&G claims to have restored power to SO, and if our government claims success in obtaining prioritization for SO, let them admit that, for purposes of self-congratulation, "South Orange" doesn't include parts of the Montrose area. My Montrose street went one hour short of 8 days in the last blackout (Oct 2011 snow) - probably an SO record; as of 8:30 pm tonight (Monday) we are beyond that point. Aren't all village residents supposed to be treated equally? We are when it comes to taxes but when it comes to power restoration ........
sandka November 06, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I live in Upper wyoming and we still have no power. problem is, that PSEG seems to think our neighborhood has been restored. That is a huge problem. So while everyone calls to tell them we do not in fact have power, they are moving their crews elsewhere. And, the numbers they are reporting are wrong. Which is a problem. I don't understand how over the weekend south orange was changed to be a priority but as of today myself and my neighbors don't have power. I understand there's a lot of work to do, and I understand that this was a huge storm, but I cannot take the lack of management we have and incorrect information we get.
jotham bailey November 06, 2012 at 07:29 PM
East side of Cottage St has no power and does have 40-50 units of apartments. We cleared the downed tree from and crunched and downed pole, told Pse&g they didn't need tree guys, and still no action!
David Jones November 07, 2012 at 04:01 PM
The original story has now become a ridiculous joke. "This means that by Monday night/Tuesday almost every home in South Orange will be restored". PSEG's daily workplan is moving in the WRONG direction. On Monday they said 1920 homes w/o power, and they would be down to a handful (~170) by Saturday. Now it's Wednesday, and their workplan shows 3,125 homes without power, and IF they stay on schedule there will still be 1000 homes without power by the end of Friday.

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