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Township Adds Warming Shelter as Outages Persist

Substations which service power to the township require significant repairs.

Previous estimates from JCP&L of power restoration in Chatham Township were inaccurate, according to a statement from Township Mayor Nicole Hagner.

"Unfortunately the numbers put up by JCP&L yesterday and published [through] Nixle were inaccurate. We are trying to get accurate numbers and
locations through JCP&L," Hagner said.

According to the outage map at the First Energy website, 2,680 homes in Chatham Township remain without power as of 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

"Our main issue is that the Green Village substation and Traynor substation were substantially damaged, and primary lines feeding in [and] out are still being restored," Hagner said.

Those two substations provide power to most of the township, and power cannot be restored until those substations are repaired.

"Chatham Township lost 100 percent of its power as a result of the storm. The borough did not and Madison has its own power utility, so we cannot compare our situation to other towns," Hagner said.

Line crews are at work in town restoring downed wires and reconnecting homes so when the substations return to full capacity there will be no further delay in restoring electricity to homes.

"We have been successful in sourcing additional crews through JCP&L to dedicate exclusively to our town, but the township [cannot] work, or hire anyone to work, on the power lines," Hagner said.

The Chatham Township Municipal Building will open Monday for the first time since Tropical Storm Sandy hit. Part of the building will be open as a warming and charging station for township residents.

Other charging stations open to township residents include the Chatham Emergency Squad building on Spring Street, which is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Those going to the building are asked to park in the Colony tennis court parking lot.

Township residents can also use the Madison Area YMCA from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday for showers. The YMCA asks that residents bring their own towels and toiletries.

Hagner also released other information for township residents:

  • There are currently no plans for curbside debris pickup. Residents should separate leaves and branches and bring both to the Tanglewood center daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    The Red Cross has opened a shelter at the Mennen Arena, 161 Hanover Ave., Morris Township.
  • Polling places have been consolidated in Chatham Township due to power outages. Residents from districts 1 through 5 will vote at the Green Village Fire Department. Residents from districts 6 through 10 will vote at the Chatham Township Fire Department on River Road. Your district number is printed on the sample ballot mailed to your home.
  • Halloween house-to-house trick-or-treating has been rescheduled to Saturday.
chakamojo November 05, 2012 at 11:50 AM
make your voice known tomorrow. Vote every incumbent out of office. What has Senator Menendez done for NJ in this disaster? NOTHING! Get that special privileged loser out of there and send him back to the ghettos of Inion City
M Mouse November 05, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Exactly. Get all the politicians OUT. Christie is too busy feeding his fat body to care about restoring power. He has enuf fat on his body to get thru the entire winter. Jcpl's license shud be revoked, but of course this will never happen. Anybody who believes those outage numbers on the website are even remotely accurate is a MORON and should be put in prison for stupidity.
twpgrace November 05, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Hey Mayor Hagner... Word is that YOU are the one who "found" the percentage numbers of 93% restoration by Sunday night - numbers that were totally wrong, but evidently made YOU feel better. You are more concerned with looking good to your constituents & having photo ops rather than actually putting yourself in as a volunteer actually doing things. WHEN did you get power back??? Oh, the first day? Wow, and yet no one has seen a sign outside your house offering it as a charging station (quite a few people have, you know), no one has seen you helping to cook or serve or do anything other than micromanage those working. Let them do their jobs and maybe give of yourself to those in need, rather than just ask others to step forward & volunteer.
M Mouse November 05, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Sir, you are a moron, totally naive or have the mental capacity of a 5 year old. (or some combination thereof). In your other posts you advise people to stop complaining and state that the boro & township were advised 7-10 days [of power outages]. You obviously don't know the FIRST cardinal rule of business: 'Under promise...and over deliver.'. If jcpl restored the power in less than 7 days, they will look like heroes; if it takes 10 days, jcpl will say 'we told you so.'. These announcements by Jcpl are directed at knaves like you. The rest of us who actually have neural function completely ignore them.
Sir November 05, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Mouse what part of 7 to 10 days do you not understand ? You low life sack of sh-t
chatham7 November 05, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Latest update from Mayor Hagner http://www.chathamtownship.org/advisories/Huricane-Sandy-advisories.html
Peter Johnson November 05, 2012 at 05:16 PM
I came to the Chatham Patch two days ago for the first time to hopefully get much needed information to deal and continue to make plans to deal with the storm and its aftermath. I had hoped for information on where to find ice , gas stations open, power outage updates, ways to help neighbors (mine have been great) and all I see are a few people "way off point", and hijacking this site with negativitiy and inappropriate comments. Please stop it!! We have no power and the mayor just listed this update to the Township Residents on the Township website and it was sent to me by a caring neighbor -please read as it is loaded with current info you may find helpful. http://www.chathamtownship.org/advisories/Huricane-Sandy-advisories.html
AnnemariE November 05, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Do we really need to trick or treat?
chatham7 November 05, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Why isn't the Patch posting these updates???? They are informative. Laura Silvius???????
M Mouse November 05, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Peter, there is nothing useful on that link (FAQs) you provided. It is replete with excuses and shifting responsibilities to other entities. For example, county roads are county's responsibility, can't work on Jcpl's grid. There is very little information, if anything, regarding what the township authorities CAN do.
BPR November 06, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Why curbside pickup of debris in the Boro but not the Township?............is it because Borough residents pay more for their local services?...probably not..... one thing I'm pretty confident of is: that if the idea was put to a referendum and included by our local political leaders in the annual "school budget" ........... we'd have at least one"curbside" pick up!
edward smith November 06, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Please pick up I don't own a pickup


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