NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - On Sunday night, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m., New Providence Mayor J. Brooke Hern released the following update for New Providence residents:
JCP&L has failed to communicate any information to the Borough since Thursday. I have been in contact multiple times a day demanding information, but have received nothing about when power will be fully restored to our community. We have observed some activity, however.
Today, crews are working on South Street near Mountain Avenue, replacing four poles that snapped during the storm. I understand these poles are Verizon poles and after they are installed, JCP&L will have to rewire the area. That may not occur immediately follow the installation of the poles.
Also, there were rumors that the broken pole on Springfield Avenue at Clinton Avenue was a Verizon pole and there was a dispute about who’s responsibly it was to replace the pole. We checked the pole today and it is a power company pole. We have no direct information from Verizon or JCP&L about a dispute over ownership of the pole.
We also observed that two utility trucks - based out of Missouri – are beginning work on a major transmission line along the RR tracks toward the Grove substation. There is no information as to how long it will take to repair those lines or when the substation will be operational.
At this point - in general terms - it appears the majority of the West side of town has power, while the majority of the East side – from Livingston Avenue is without power. On a conference call today, JCP&L president Don Lynch said that he expects that all areas – except those hardest hit – should expect their power to be restored by Wednesday, November 7th.
The shelter at the municipal remains open and operational. All residents may also charge their cell phones and other electronic devices at the shelter 24/7. WiFi access is also available there.
Finally, all schools, except Salt Brook will be open tomorrow. All students will attend school tomorrow with the High/Middle School operating on a regular schedule. Roberts School will host students from Salt Brook by having Roberts School students attend from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Salt Brook students will use the Roberts School facilities from 1 PM to 5 PM. No lunch will be served in any of the schools. The detailed information will be posted on the BOE website: http://www.npsd.k12.nj.us/site/default.aspx?PageID=1