NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Extensive tree and line damage is prolonging immediate restoration, said Mayor Al Morgan in a post on his Mayor's Facebook page. He said, "The OEM, DPW, and the Borough are working extensively doing all we can to get us all safely up and running."
Mayor's Update as of Wednesday, 8/5/2020 at 9:30 p.m.
We are very happy to report significant restoration progress in New Providence. Our downtown and many neighborhoods are thankfully now up and running. After taking another tour around our borough with DPW Director Ralph Parlapiano this evening, many of our neighborhoods are rapidly being restored and many roads are being cleared. There is still a long way to go for full restoration and clean up, but we are feeling a whole lot more optimistic. JCP&L crews are still out there working so please stay strong. We are getting through this mess.
- Mayor Al Morgan
Mayor's Update as of Wednesday, 8/5/2020 at 6 p.m.
I was hopeful my 3 p.m. JCP&L conference call would have had better news for us. It was quite the opposite. Damage is so extensive and widespread JCP&L can not provide us an optimist restoration time or any estimates. We have, however, been assured work will continue around the clock and through the weekend by JCP&L in and out of state crews. At this point, we should not expect full restoration until after the weekend. As soon as we receive an estimate time of restoration, we will immediately put it out. We know this is completely unacceptable, aggravating, and upsetting news, which I, along with our neighboring Mayors, expressed to them in no uncertain terms, however, this is our current situation and the reality we have to deal with. I toured the borough again after my call to personally reassess our damages, and I have seen and spoken with the JCP&L crews on the ground here in New Providence. They are here and they are working so there is every reason to be hopeful. In the meantime, please check in on each other, on your neighbors, our seniors, and anyone you feel may need assistance. If you have an emergency please call 911. For non-urgent matters please call (908) 665-1111. Please avoid all downed power lines, and adhere to all barricades, barriers, and cones for your own safety. If you need to charge, our Recreation Gym located on Academy Street is open for you 9am-5pm to charge your devices. Please wear a mask and be sure to socially distance. We will continue to press JCP&L for progress, for information and estimates, and will continue to keep you updated as we receive confirmed information. Please also check to see that your Smart911 Alert system is updated. Please stay strong. We know this is beyond aggravating and share your frustration. We will get through this. Stay safe, keep strong, and be well.
-Mayor Al Morgan
Mayor Al asks for residents to please check in on neighbors, seniors, and anyone you feel may need help.
If an emergency please call 911. Non-urgent matters please call (908) 665-1111.
Avoid all downed power lines, and adhere to all barricades, barriers, and cones for your own safety. If venturing out, please proceed with extreme caution.
Electronics can be charged at Borough Hall in gym today (8/6) from 9 AM-5 PM. The only entrance open will be at Academy Street. COVID-19 precautions will be taken. Attendees will be screened for temperatures and symptoms. Masks and social distancing required. WiFi is not available at this time.
"We will continue to keep you updated as we receive confirmed information. Please also check to see that your Smart911 Alert system is updated. Please stay strong," said Morgan.