SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – About 2,100 customers in South Orange are without power as of Friday evening, according to information Public Service Electric & Gas has provided to village officials.
The South Orange Office of Emergency Management reports in an update posted at 5:30 p.m. that village officials are pressuring PSE&G to provide more information, especially concerning neighborhood-specific power restoration. The utility said that work on residential areas will begin on Saturday. In addition, a substation in Maplewood that provides power to large parts of South Orange is expected to be back online shortly.
PSE&G is expecting that “many (not all) South Orange residents could have power returned in the next three to four days,” according to the village website. Residents are being encouraged to inform the village when their power is restored in order to help officials track the progress of PSE&G in South Orange.
Water also has been a concern for South Orange. The village website reports that the brownish water some residents have experienced is due to iron sediments in water lines resulting from opening new supply lines. “These iron sediments present no health hazards,” according to the village; however, residents should not use water for laundry until the brown color dissipates.
The village’s water supplier, East Orange Water Commission, has experienced power outages to its pumps and is supplementing supply with water from Newark and the Jersey American Water Co.
Residents who require shelter are now being directed to the Essex County shelter at Codey Arena, 500 Northfield Ave., West Orange.
The complete update can be found here.