November 7, 2012 at 5:00 PM
SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - UPDATED 6:30 Wednesday, Nov. 7, posted by Scotch Plains Police Department - There are numerous PSE&G and out of state crews working to restore power in Scotch Plains. They will continue to work in the rain/snow tonight however federal safety rules prevent line crews from working in bucket trucks when winds are greater than 40 mph. When repairing damaged lines in an area, they may need to take a line out of service temporarily for safety reasons. Power will be restored as soon as it is safe to do so. We ask for everyone’s understanding when this occurs.
Northside of Town:
Glenside Ave area
Park Ave. north of Front St
North Ave. area by Longfellow
Southside of Town:
Cooper Rd by Terrill Rd. area
Raritan Rd. 1600 block area
Posted: Wednesday morning - We are monitoring the PSE&G crews working in the remaining areas without power in Scotch Plains. As of today PSE&G informs us that 2,200 customers are without power. They have provided us with a timeline that indicates 99% of those customers will have power restored by the weekend.
As a reminder the Evangel Church located at 1251 Terrill Rd. is open 24 hours as a shelter. Contact the Scotch Plains Police Department to report any additional downed wires or trees due to the ice/ snow storm tonight.
The Scotch Plains Police Department posted the following message. We are expecting a winter storm later today into Thursday morning with wind, rain and possibly snow. The power companies have been temporarily repairing electrical lines however, additional lines may come down. Please do not approach or touch a downed wire as it may be live. Contact the Police Dept.
The Evangel Church located at 1251 Terrill Rd will be open as a warming shelter, charging station and they have Wi-Fi. This shelter is open day and night. Cots are available on a first come first serve basis. If you need to use this shelter it is recommended you bring your own bedding and blankets as these items are in short supply. Pets will not be allowed at the Evangel Church shelter.
We are continuing to use the municipal building located at 430 Park Av as a warming station and charging station. Contact the Police Dept for additional sheltering needs at 908-322-7100 ext 7. (Power to the building came back early this morning)
Power is coming on in most areas in Scotch Plains and major roads are passable. Please drive with extreme caution as many roads are narrowed with debris. Also, some intersections remain without power. As a reminder, any intersection with a traffic signal without power is considered a four way stop.
SPF High Schoola and Middle Schools will have a delayed opening on Thursday. Go to www.spfk12.org to check times.