CLARK, NJ — Town police are advising residents to use precaution while driving in Clark and around the county due to  a power outage in the municipality and surrounding areas.

Clark Police Chief Pedro Matos  advised the public to avoid Parkway Circle, Brant Place and Westfield Avenue due to streetlights impacted by the outage.   

A spokeswoman for PSE&G, Rebecca Mazzarella, said the utility has dispatched teams to restore power. Failures at power substations in Clark and Cranford caused the outage, Mazzarella said. It had impacted customers in at least nine Union County municipalities, according to the utility’s outage map.  The same site  estimated the power would be restored between 1:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.

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"We were alerted to the outage at 11:38 a.m., and right now we’re estimating that about 9,000 customers are without power in Union County,” Mazzarella said at about 12:30 p.m.

While a call to PSE&G’s customer service line told customers the utility is “handling emergency calls only,” the utility advised customers to report outages by texting “OUT” to 4PSEG (47734) and to check the utility’s mobile-friendly outage map at www.pseg.com/outagemap.