BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Four days after Tropical Storm Isaias blew through Basking Ridge and the rest of the state, Mayor James Baldassare posted a Facebook notice that JCP&L has been steadily reducing the power outages that followed Tuesday's brief but violent storm.
A list of streets officials have been made aware of that are still without power was submitted to the area's power company, JCP&L, earlier on Saturday morning by Committeewoman Joan Harris, the mayor said in a message to residents later that day.
According to Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), the total number of remaining outages was at 1,828, down from the original 6,500-plus after the storm, according to Baldassare.
"There were four broken poles on Washington Ave _ all with lines that feed into Basking Ridge," the mayor said, adding, "Repairs on these lines are underway."
Repairs on Mountain Road, Deer Ridge Road, Village Drive and Lyons Road have been assigned to crews, which will be responding as they complete the repairs they are working on," the mayor said. Restoration was estimated for that evening, he said.
In response to complaints by residents that they don't see the power company's crews at work around town, Baldassare said that some repairs are being made to lines outside Bernards which feed into the township. "So we wouldn’t see trucks in our town for these repairs. Once they are made, however, power in town will be restored," he said.
For residents who receive text messages stating that their power has been restored when it has not, a JCP&L representative has advised that resident reply "N" to the text so the power company's system can correct itself and reopen the order for power restoration at that location, according to Baldassare.
Power was cut to part of The Hills as part of work to 'restore a larger customer count' on Friday
Previously, the mayor had addressed an outage that suddenly cut power to part of The Hills development late Friday morning, and was not restored until overnight into Saturday.
"Please know that JCP&L has indicated this is due to having to turn off and de-energize sections in order to be able to restore a larger customer count," the mayor said in another message. "This is done strictly for safety reasons. Accordingly, after the work is completed they'll be able to restore power that will bring the Hills back online and will also fix what is down in the surrounding and needed areas."
Restoration had been predicted for 11:30 p.m. on Friday, and took place in the overnight hours.