CRANFORD — Town police say their lines were flooded with non-emergency calls following a power outage in the municipality and surrounding areas, which was reported shortly before noon Monday.
"We are aware of a widespread power outage. Please do not call police headquarters unless you have an emergency. We do not have ETA from PSE&G,” read a Cranford Nixle alert.
Police in nearby Clark advised the public to take care in driving, as traffic control lights were out in at least three intersections in the municipality.
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.
By 1 p.m., most of Cranford's power had been restored, according to the Cranford Police Department.
"Most of our affected areas have been restored," said a Cranford Police official. "All of our traffic signals throughout town are up and operational."
In Westfield, 1,165 customers remained without power as of midday, according to PSE&G’s outage map, which estimated the power would be restored between 1:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.
"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.