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Over 1,000 Still Without Power in Township

All substations that service the township are functional again, but residents are still without power as a winter storm hits the area.

Chatham Township Mayor Nicole Hagner said Wednesday several sections of town had their power restored, including:

  • Wickham Woods
  • Southern Boulevard to Fairmount Avenue
  • All of Fairmount Avenue
  • Shunpike Road to Ferndale Road
  • Rolling Hill neighborhood
  • Buttonwood Lane
  • Crestwood Drive

"Line crews have been working all day to get poles set on and around Snake Hill to restore power to the condo complexes on River Road. This is the largest section of town that is still out," Hagner said in a statement Wednesday.

"I have no concrete estimate from JCP&L on when damage to this area will be fully repaired, but word from the crew on the ground indicates that, weather dependent, they [could] complete the job by Thursday," Hagner said.

According to the outage map at the First Energy website, 1,438 customers in Chatham Township are still without power as of 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Township residents whose power has not yet been restored are asked to contact JCP&L at (888) 544-4877.

 

Hagner said the township's Department of Public Works is unable to clear residential storm debris. Fees for dumping debris at the Tanglewood mulch facility are being waived in the wake of Tropical Storm Sandy, including fees usually given to contractors hired by private residents.

The Chatham Township Municipal Building is currently serving as a warming and charging station open 24 hours a day. The Madison Area YMCA is also open to residents.

 

Hagner asked residents to check on any neighbors with special needs as the nor'easter hits the area.

Township residents are also able to take chartered buses from the Madison and Chatham train stations to New York City. Buses leave at 6, 7 and 7:30 a.m. and cost $20 roundtrip.

To help citizens through the nor'easter, the township established a drop-off point for firewood next to the pool at Sutton Woods. The wood is free to pick-up and all donations are appreciated. Anyone who requires a firewood delivery can call (908) 313-8949.

CHAT42 November 08, 2012 at 06:19 PM
May I also add, make a complaint to the BPU. http://www.state.nj.us/bpu/assistance/complaints/index.html
CHAT42 November 08, 2012 at 06:23 PM
And you will be escorted away by a police officer. Please don't tie-up the police for this.
ROUTE124 November 08, 2012 at 06:59 PM
What the hell is Tom Ciccarone administering???? certainly not the communication of his lackeys working in TWP building......
Susan November 08, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I live in one of those condo complexes and have been on River Road since the storm. They haven't done anything there. I can't believe they left the condo complexes last especially when we are not allowed to have a generator or use propane. This is unacceptable and a complaint of how the township and JCPL handled this will be filed.
billy November 08, 2012 at 07:47 PM
My parents moved to heritage Greene condos last October in their retirement. And what are they being being treated with? Almost 2 weeks of cold and darkness. This is absurd that nothing has been done yet. Government officials in Chatham- get up and get going. Make your voices heard and get this fixed for your residents!!!
bosco November 08, 2012 at 07:57 PM
almost 11 days now and more than 1,400 Chatham Township JCP&L customers remain without power - No one holds JCP&L accountable
CTHSGrad November 08, 2012 at 08:02 PM
I called JCP&L 2 days ago to see if my street (near CHS) was on the list. I was really nice to the call center operator and 2 hours later the lights were on. Don't know if that helped but who knows!! Also, don't forget the linemen are union and were probably on the mandatory break (as to why they were at Fairmount CC). Things would go alot faster if the non-union workers from right-to-work states weren't told to go home after they made the trip here!!!!!
Nancy Carnahan November 08, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I call jcp&l every morning then the township office and then the mayor an email. All they tell me is the dont know anything. How can this be after 11 days without power they don't know anything. And why is the mayor updating the township website with tales that aren't true. I also visited the are this morning before 10 am and there was no one there and everything was still the same. What is going on here. I feel like I live in a third world country. How many more freezing nights do we have to spend. Many of us there don't have fireplaces so there is no way to keep warm. Many also have pets that we can't leave in a freezing house overnight. I am ready for a nervous breakdown. Why can't we get honest answers? Why are they not working on our power lines? What is going on? Where are they?? The lying and false information is awful. Why can't someone please help us.
ROUTE124 November 08, 2012 at 08:31 PM
I guess all that patting on the back on how STERN she was with JCP&L over last years debacle fell on deaf ears.... We need leadership in our town... not photo ops -- where is twp admin.. he certainly takes down a nice salary with no leadership from him.... although i'm sure he will be pontificating mightly in next Twp committee meeting..... pure theatre... how are your TAX dollars working for you......??
bp922 November 08, 2012 at 08:43 PM
I thought Chatham Glen would be considered a priority area due to "critical mass" but JCP&L must have forgotten about us...10 days and counting! Do you think our electric bills will be prorated for the days we're w/o powrer?! I DON'T THINK SO!!!
chatham lady November 08, 2012 at 08:56 PM
The Mayor should be more than embarrased - read her posting on the Chatham Tonwship website. She should be appauled, shocked and angry - just like the rest of us sitting in cold, dark houses. Stop saying what you cant do - stop the victim mindset and tell us what you CAN do. Isnt that why we elected you?
David S November 08, 2012 at 09:00 PM
We must get Mayor Nicole Hagner out of office. She is an embarrassment as a public official and clearly does not care about the residents of Chatham.
uphill still November 08, 2012 at 09:04 PM
I'm sure the mayor is a nice person but she is clearly neither an effective leader and communicator for the town nor a good advocate for the town in this crisis.
Nancy Carnahan November 08, 2012 at 09:11 PM
I have some bad news for all that live in river road condos. I have a friend that works for corporate jcp&l in morristown. I asked her to find out what is going on. It took her a while to get back to me. She said they are still assessing the situation and have not done any work yet contrary to mayor hangers report. We will not have power for several more days. I don't know how this can be possible.
Susan November 08, 2012 at 09:15 PM
She's got to go. I can't wait for when it's time for the election. Any candidate but her.
chatham7 November 08, 2012 at 09:24 PM
new story just posted listing estimates of power restoration for CB and CT
bp922 November 08, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Let's keep our comments to relevant power news...election day is a long way off! :-)
bp922 November 08, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Nancy, Thanks for the update...not good to hear. :-(
Lauras November 08, 2012 at 09:51 PM
I live down there and I saw a number of bucket trucks this morning around 11am. It just seems like nobody knows what is going on....
Lauras November 08, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Chat5, can you post the link?
Nancy Carnahan November 08, 2012 at 09:53 PM
I hope my friend is wrong.
chatham7 November 08, 2012 at 10:09 PM
http://chatham.patch.com/articles/no-new-outages-from-nor-easter-officials-say
Richard Hare November 09, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Obviously 100% wrong !!!
Richard Hare November 09, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Your friend should not have given out erroneous information...obviously she was wrong !!!
uphill still November 09, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Many, but not all of the river road condos are now on.
ROUTE124 November 09, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Day 12--- Day 12----- Day 12----
Hugs November 09, 2012 at 02:18 PM
We elected the Mayor to be a LEADER. She has failed miserably and obviously she is overwhelmed by this mess.
bp922 November 09, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Thank God! Sutton Woods and surrounding areas are back on the grid again! My condolences for those who are still waiting - we feel your pain! :-(
edward smith November 11, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Adjoining homes at 72 May and 5 Scenery Hill with lines down at the pole STILL without power. Crew came Thursday said they needed cherry picker - they never returned
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