MILLBURN, NJ — More than a full day after Tropical Storm Isaias made its way through town, many residents still find themselves in the dark, as the cleanup and restoration of power continue.
As Mayor Jackie Lieberberg noted in her statement, JCP&L Electric Company, which services Millburn, is still working to restore power, and their efforts may take several days to complete.
"JCP&L is currently prioritizing hazards of life and limb," Lieberberg said. "This means addressing wires that are down and energized and/or blocking roadways and the passage of emergency vehicles...They still have approximately 495,000 down from 788,000 during the storm. The restoration process will take some time. This may be a multiple day outage for some of our residents. Again, we have approximately 29% of the community impacted by outages."
Lieberberg continued, "Our own crews are continuing to do all they can to clear roadways of blockages or large debris. Some roads around the Township remain closed and for a reason. Please do not ignore closures. These are set up for the safety of our residents. Unfortunately, the Township must wait and rely on JCP&L to address trees with wires entangled as they go through their restoration process. We must all remain patient. As we receive any updates from JCP&L these will be communicated directly on the Township website."
In the meantime, residents who need to charge their devices can do so at a pair of temporary charging locations around town. According to a post on the township website, tents will be set up outside the Millburn Library from 11-5 and the Bauer Center from 11-7. Residents should bring their own chargers and remember to wear a mask. More information can be found here: twp.millburn.nj.us/charging.
As debris are removed, the township DPW will also begin Isaias debris removal on Monday, August 10, starting with Zone 1 and following typical recycling zone collections. Residents can find their zones and read the guidelines for pickup at the following link: twp.millburn.nj.us/debrisremoval.