LIVINGSTON, NJ — As of 10 p.m. on Thursday, more than 48 hours after Tropical Storm Isaias let up in the area, approximately 53 percent of Livingston’s 3,572 Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) customers were still without power, and the estimated statewide restoration time was Aug. 11 at 11:30 p.m.
Public Service Enterprise Group, the parent company of Public Service Energy and Gas (PSE&G), estimated on Thursday afternoon that Isaias was its “fifth-most severe storm in history and the second-most severe to Superstorm Sandy in the past eight years.”
According to the service provider, 85 percent of PSE&G customers statewide who were still without power on Thursday night are expected to have power restored sometime on Friday, while some more difficult restorations will likely continue through the weekend and into Monday.
Of the approximately 4,300 PSE&G customers who lost power in Livingston, power had been restored to approximately 1,800 customers by Wednesday night, according to the township. This number continued to rise on Thursday as restoration crews continued to work throughout town.
The township’s most recent report of Livingston-specific restorations on Thursday night indicated that JCP&L had crews working on a 450-customer outage in the areas of Baker Road, Briggs Circle, Post Lane, Squire Court and Walnut Street, where there were several spans of wire down. Once the restoration in that area is completed, JCP&L will identify its next location.
Additionally, Livingston residents have until Sunday night, Aug. 9, to put storm-related branches and debris at the curb so that the Department of Public Works (DPW) can make one pick-up sweep through town beginning Monday.
Branches and debris will be picked up according to the township’s leaf-collection sections, which can be found in the photos above or BY CLICKING HERE.
Trucks will only come through each street once to pick up branches and debris, and will not pick up any grass clippings, flowers, shrubs or other non-storm-related items that are left at the curb. Property owners will be responsible for properly disposing of trees and limbs still left on their property after the trucks come through their street.
The DPW reiterated that all storm-damaged branches and debris should be kept out of the street, as leaving branches, tree limbs, or debris in the streets causes a serious safety hazard.
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