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Power Restoration Could Take 1 Week or More

Outages slowly going down in Morris County Wednesday.

Officials in Chatham Borough and Chatham Township said Wednesday residents face 7 to 10 days more without power.

Power did return to some small pockets of the Chathams Wednesday. Outages in Chatham Borough fell from 3,629 customers at 2 p.m. Tuesday to 1,861 at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

In Chatham Township, power is slower to return. JCP&L reported 4,308 households without power at 4 p.m. Wednesday, compared to 4,394 households at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the federal Department of Energy, there are 6,062,526 customers without power as of 2 p.m. Wednesday in the states affected by Hurricane Sandy. This is a decrease of 186,871 since Wednesday morning.

Train service through NJ Transit is still down, but according to a press statement from Gov. Chris Christie's office, much of NJ Transit's bus service will be restored and limited Access Link paratransit service will resume Thursday.

Many bridges and tunnels into New York City will be limited to high-occupancy vehicles only until further notice, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The School District of the Chathams has closed schools through Friday.

Charging and warming centers are open throughout the borough and township, some open 24 hours per day.

Garbage pickup will resume as usual Thursday in the borough and township.

Police continue to ask residents to stay indoors and not to approach any downed wires, as they could be and likely are energized.

JN November 01, 2012 at 03:28 AM
This is the number for FEMA if anyone needs it: 1-800-621-FEMA
Tsailor November 01, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Any word when Gas Stations will be open??
Monica Schaefer November 01, 2012 at 12:36 PM
One way to consider using federal funds issued to the state of New Jersey in the wake of hurricane Sandy is, Creating a hurricane proof subterranean power system for all of New Jersey. Not only will it create jobs, it will save us on spending for disasters like hurricane Sandy. I hope our politicians take this opportunity to really look at new technologies that Are better for the environment and better for Protecting the people!!
maureen smith November 01, 2012 at 12:51 PM
The outage numbers for Chatham borough are false! Whole neighborhoods that had power in the borough went out late Wednesday afternoon. I drove around last night and early this morning and it looks as though about 10% of the houses have power. There are very few crews working other than our municipal crews and local tree cos.
L22 November 01, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Clearly much was not learned last year. I realize the severity of the storm, but once again the communication and response by JCP&L is abysmal. They stink. Any information they give is so general it is basically useless. And Christie could be doing a better job.
DMM November 01, 2012 at 07:20 PM
why do we have to knock off people who had power to restore others? it's not as if it's short term--we went from having power to losing it on Wednesday with no estimate of when it will be restored. and it's effecting the businesses in town too, with essentials (e.g. CVS).
ROUTE124 November 01, 2012 at 09:34 PM
I've never heard of municipal government shutting out private customers to gas for the municipal workers... Chatham Borough took over Shell Station on Main Street and would not allow any sales of gas other than municipal vehicles and I observed them filling up their own personal cars... TRYANNY HAS ARRIVED !!!
Richard November 01, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Chatham Twp needs an Emergency Situation Coordinator who would coordinate the efforts of JCP&L , DPW, Fire/Emergency and Police. This way priorities would be established more quickly and there would be timely communications to citizens. Right now government and JCP&L are failing miserably. I am disappointed that Chatham Township did not establish an Emergency Situation Coordinator after last year's fiasco.
NY Dumpster Diver November 02, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Of course it's going to take more than a week to get power restored. Who ever believed it would only take a week? It will be three weeks for some. Gas should cost $50/gal. All the selfish, greedy idiots filling up are screwing their neighbors who may not get any gas. Isn't it odd how people pretend to care about others until it's time to look out for number one? You people vote for Obama like you believe he's going to save you. WAKE UP! America is in the crapper because half the country wants the gov-ment to pay their way. Is it just me or did we not get warning of this storm over a week ago?

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