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UPDATED: Nearly 60% of Township Still in the Dark

Despite police-issued alert indicating most power had been restored Saturday night, nearly 3,000 township customers remain out, JCP&L map shows.

Nearly 60 percent of Chatham Township JCP&L customers remained without power Sunday morning, the utility company's outage map indicated.

However, a Nixle alert released Saturday night by the Chatham Township Police said 75 percent of the township was expected to be restored by Saturday night and more than 90 percent was expected to have power by midnight Sunday.

Township Police issued another alert Sunday morning, saying utility crews were working to repair the outages.

"Crews are trying to make significant repairs to severely damaged police and transmission lines in the Great Swamp in an effort to restore township power," the alert said. "They are doing everything possible to try an expedite this repair."

According to JCP&L's outage map, 2,552 of the township's 4,428 customers remained without power as of 11 a.m. Sunday.

About 23 percent of Chatham Borough's JCP&L customers remained in the dark Sunday morning with 846 outages still not restored. However, the outages declined from 1,477 as of 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Appreciative Citizen November 05, 2012 at 12:17 AM
what do you expect from a Mayor who is not engaged with the citizenry and who alligns herself witrh the likes of Bailey Brower
ls15 November 05, 2012 at 12:41 AM
If we are posting on this forum, we are concerned about communication and electricity. I don't think that bashing anyone will help us out!
Wa Wa Wa! November 05, 2012 at 12:41 AM
JCP&L please start with appreciative citizen. Use the heavy gauge wire and set the amp dial to high!
chatham7 November 05, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Francine and all - here is a link to th messages. I tried to cut and paste but more characters then patch allows http://www.chathamtownship.org/advisories/Huricane-Sandy-advisories.html
Wa Wa Wa! November 05, 2012 at 01:14 AM
MM I've heard if you stand under those power lines and if you spin your cell phone on the plan of your hand fast enough it will fully charge in 30 mins.
Marianne carillo November 05, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Ok whoever the 07928 chat person is, you should seriously be ashamed of yourself! What kind of person are you bad mouthing someone who is so kind and generous to donate their time all day helping people out! Think about all these people who have suffered during this hurricane! You shouldn't be worried about someone singing and trying to make people feel better, when you really should be concerned with the people in this town and state! Obviously you don't Have any consideration for all of these people suffering! SHAME ON YOU!
ChathamBoroResident November 05, 2012 at 03:24 AM
no problem. just got power back. hope yours is coming soon...
ChathamBoroResident November 05, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Amen!
Stacey Ewald November 05, 2012 at 01:00 PM
To 07928chat - I think you owe Laura a huge apology and show of gratitude. Laura is the sole Township Official who not only communicated regularly with township residents but she was also hugely proactive in trying to rally the community to help neighbors. On day one of the storm, she asked residents to let her know of elderly neighbors so she could check on them, she worked with another resident to coordinate the firewood collection and sharing of generators, and yet another resident to coordinate a trunk or treat today for the children not in school today. She's communicated through her government Facebook page numerous times a day and her network has then worked to get the word out. She's been chasing down jcp&l and pse&g to find where they're working and to share that information. She's got residents sharing gas line information and even gas cans. And oh, by the way, that food you te at the CES, she personally paid for. Shame on you. Write in Vote - LAURA ALI - for Township Committee. She's proactive and forward thinking and we need to keep her on the Township Committee.
Laura Silvius (Editor) November 05, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Everyone, please remember to remain civil and to refrain from name-calling or other accusations.
NY Dumpster Diver November 05, 2012 at 01:25 PM
I would have more sypathy for people if I knew they weren't Obama supporters. 5 days ago everyone on here was talking about how Obama was great for showing up to do video and pictures. Where is your boy now? He's dry, warm, fed and loving life. If we get another four years of that idiot, this storm will be the least of your children's worries. Americans need JOBS!
Tired of reading wa wa wa November 05, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Please block wa wa wa, we are just trying to get info here, I am from si, know the devastation, my family are all fine and con Ed did an amazing job of restoring NYC. I am young, healthy and cold and need to know how to plan.
Chris November 05, 2012 at 01:40 PM
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ChrisK November 05, 2012 at 02:14 PM
No power at all in Sutton Woods. No clear esitmate as to when it will return.
ChathamBoroResident November 05, 2012 at 02:25 PM
This statement by Chatham Township government seems to be avoiding responsibility for the false communication about 75%/93% of power supposed to have been restored by last night. "Unfortunately the numbers put up by JCP&L yesterday and published through Nixle were inaccurate." As far as I can tell JCP&L put up accurate numbers (see the links above to their webpages and my and other's comments) but Chatham Township police misread them and sent out a faulty Nixle message. That caused a lot of hopes to be prematurely raised and perhaps led people to come back to town, make plans inappropriately. First of all I live in the Borough (obviously) so this is not really my fight- but my kids go to school in the township,etc. But if I lived in the Township I would want to know who was responsible for that Nixle message and then have appropriate action taken. Sending out that message was akin, in my book, to yelling fire in a crowded movie theater. I'm sure people got hurt a result- where is the accountability? The borough's communication has been poor in my book too. They took too long to start reaching out to people. But as far as I know they have not screwed up and sent out seriously wrong information the way the Township did.
ChathamBoroResident November 05, 2012 at 02:25 PM
This statement by Chatham Township government seems to be avoiding responsibility for the false communication about 75%/93% of power supposed to have been restored by last night. "Unfortunately the numbers put up by JCP&L yesterday and published through Nixle were inaccurate." As far as I can tell JCP&L put up accurate numbers (see the links above to their webpages and my and other's comments) but Chatham Township police misread them and sent out a faulty Nixle message. That caused a lot of hopes to be prematurely raised and perhaps led people to come back to town, make plans inappropriately. First of all I live in the Borough (obviously) so this is not really my fight- but my kids go to school in the township,etc. But if I lived in the Township I would want to know who was responsible for that Nixle message and then have appropriate action taken. Sending out that message was akin, in my book, to yelling fire in a crowded movie theater. I'm sure people got hurt a result- where is the accountability? The borough's communication has been poor in my book too. They took too long to start reaching out to people. But as far as I know they have not screwed up and sent out seriously wrong information the way the Township did.
Powerless November 05, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Hey NY Dumpster - Would Romney be here holding your hand and reconnecting your power? I don't think so.
Powerless November 05, 2012 at 02:39 PM
A crew in a downed Borough neighborhood was pulled off work there Sunday to go to the Milton School (which had already--hours prior-- announced it would be closed today). And that's not speculation, that info was sent out by the Boro's 40404 text alert & Twitter account. Another resident then commented somewhere that Mayor Harris lives by Milton and did indeed have his power restored by that crew.
Powerless November 05, 2012 at 02:43 PM
People saw them working on the first neighborhood and immediately let others know..imagine if some had checked out of their hotels/motels or drove back to town only to find out the crew had left without restoring power. Why not have let them finish what they started then start with Milton today? Maybe there are solid reasons for this but not knowing them doesn't help.
Joe Ali November 05, 2012 at 03:15 PM
To 07928chat ... I'm Laura Ali's Dad ..... Shame on you. My daughter has done more during these hard times than any other person in the Township. She has walked the neighborhoods bringing food and cheer to the elderly. She has communicated regularly with our community. She has driven her car from neighborhood to neighborhood , talking to people and giving them hope while riding on fumes. She cares . Others should give 10 % of what she has given and we would be a lot better off. And that's what makes a Dad so proud. She's done all this and still manages to care for her 3 boys. Look into what you have given , before putting a knock on my daughter.
Sir November 05, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Stop with the "gotcha". Someone made a mistake. All along they've been saying 7 to 10 days. I live in the township and have power. Focus your energy on something more constructive.
chatham7 November 05, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Latest update from Mayor Hagner http://www.chathamtownship.org/advisories/Huricane-Sandy-advisories.html
Powerless November 05, 2012 at 04:33 PM
I bet if you were affected by the mistake you would feel differently. Sir.
Lauras November 05, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Thanks chat5. That is good info. I live in the briarwood condos on river road. The intersection of river road & southern is really a mess. Power poles split in half & the stoplight was even bent over. I agree that they should bury these lines already. I am surprised that we need those lines to get power when there is a line coming in from the town that crosses over at the briarwood complex & appears to be in perfect condition. Also, since the heat and hot water in our buildings are run by gas, we really should be able to use those things, but for some reason they are not available to us. Seems silly....
Resident of Schindler Ct November 05, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Thank you to Katie J who replied to my earlier posting.
coldchathamres November 06, 2012 at 01:10 PM
those numbers were from a JCP&L communication issued Friday night. i saw it and it unfortunately it proved to be inaccurate, certainly was not anyone in the Police department's fault.
Richard Hare November 07, 2012 at 06:26 PM
It pains me to have read so many negative comments on here about our elected officials, public employees and JCP&L. A catastrophic storm struck New Jersey 9 days ago and left devastation in its path. Those of us in Chatham lost power, maybe even a tree, but we are all still here and we should all be thankful for that. Some of you have chosen to use this forum to incite others against those who serve us. Mayor Harris, Mayor Hagner, your elected official's, the police or your public works employees caused this storm. None of these people can fix your power. Yet some of you find it in your own personal interest to criticize these people for "not doing enough" or putting out "wrong numbers".....REALLY? Your elected officials and public employees in both towns have put in many long days away from their families since this storm struck and should be commended for all that they are doing and have done. Rather then hide behind a computer writing senseless comments on the Chatham Patch, walk outside, find someone who is helping to clean up or restore your and thank them for all that they are doing to help the community in this time of need like so many of your neighbors already have !!
TheyHadTheirChance November 08, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Richard -- you are wrong. Chatham Boro has been communicating effectively. Chatham Twp has not. I had to follow the boro twitter feed to get accurate and timely information. The Mayor should have been prepared with a communications plan after LAST YEAR. She's been slow and inaccurate. She was not prepared. She should be talking to people in the gas lines. She should be driving around town and confirming outages. She should be in the truck with the JCPL guy who is in charge of Chatham. She and the entire elected crew punted and we will remember.
GarageRock November 08, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Night #11 here without power at the condos, and no updates posted. I can't wait until the next Township meeting...this is inexcusable.
ChathamBoroResident November 10, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Hang in there!

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