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Post-Storm Update for Montville Township

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Montville Township school bus at an impass on Valhalla Road due to a downed tree caused by the winter storm on Friday, March 2 Credits: Tania Mersing
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MONTVILLE, NJ - Two days after the winter storm that impacted the Mid-Atlantic region, many roads are closed and residents are without power throughout Montville Township. 

Montville Township held an emergency meeting at 1 p.m on Sunday to discuss the current situation throughout the township. As a result of that meeting, the Senior House located at 356 Main Road next to the police station will remain open 24 hours for residents to keep warm and recharge electronic devices. Also, the Senior House shower facilities will be open until 9 p.m.

At the meeting, the Township indicated that JCP&L is currently working to restore power to Cedar Hill Elementary school but cannot guarantee when power will be back on. The school district will inform residents about the status of any school closings for this week.

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On Sunday morning, March 4, the Montville Township Police department warned residents of the following roads to avoid due to closures: 

  • Jacksonville Rd
  • Pine Brook Rd
  • Waughaw Rd 
  • Peace Valley Rd
  • Vista Rd
  • Hillcrest Ave
  • Pepper Rd
  • Roome Rd near the end. 

The Morris County Office of Emergency Management had a briefing with JCP&L earlier on Sunday and said that there are currently more than 35,000 customers without power. They further commented that twelve municipalities have more than 1,000 residences without power.

According to the Morris County OEM, on Saturday at 7 p.m. JCP&L concluded the “Make Safe” effort. On Sunday, they are finishing up clearing and opening roadways so they can make a significant transition to restoration of power. JCP&L has brought in additional outside contractors, who arrived in Morris County this morning, the Morris County OEM said.

Based on data provided by JCP&L, these are tentative total restoration times:

  • Southern Morris County, Tuesday, March 6,  by 11:30 p.m.
  • Northern Morris County,  Wednesday, March 7, by 11:30 p.m.

There are some schools in Morris County that are without power. While they are considered critical facilities, the restoration dates/times mentioned above also apply to the schools, the Morris County OEM said.

During the morning briefing, JCP&L advised the county OEM they still have facilities and residences that have not been entered into their outage system.

It is imperative that all locations without power are entered into their system. To report outages, customers may call 1-888-LIGHTSS(888-544-4877), go to www.jcp-l.com, or click on the “Report Outage” link on www.firstenergycorp.com.

This is what gives JCP&L the ability to manage the prioritization process and make sure all power is restored, the county OEM said.

The county OEM indicated they have been in communication with their Morris County Municipal Coordinators in all of the Morris County municipalities.

Due to the magnitude of the outage, getting specific information on the restoration time for a particular neighborhood or street in your jurisdiction is not possible at this time while JCP&L remains in storm mode, the county OEM said. They also asked that residents DO Not call 911 to inquire about outages and repair times.

The county OEM wanted to remind residents that JCP&L has activated the residential Ice and Water program. Impacted residents can go to numerous locations to get free water and/or ice. Click here for the locations.

 

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