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Sussex County Hurricane Sandy Update; Hopatcong Borough Seeing First Glimmer Of Light; Over 40 Percent Of County Residents Without Power

Lakeside Boulevard in Hopatcong Borough. Credits: Photo courtesy of the Hopatcong Police Department.

 

 

SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Sussex County comes to the start of its Sunday, with a little under half of Sussex County still in darkness since Hurricane Sandy first hit, just shy of a week ago.

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As of 1:29 a.m. on Sunday, 41 percent of JCP&L customers from Sussex County or, 23,227 are still without power. Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative posted on Twitter earlier on Saturday, 173 members remain without power. 

JCP&L has not changed their message on their outages page  since yesterday morning, indicating 16,000 First Energy employees, contractors, and workers from other companies, are in on the efforts. However, they have provided updates on Facebook, and, attached is the current list of outages per town. Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative, has been posting updates on Twitter.

Estimates per town from earlier today for JCP&L per the attached list, indicate the amount of customers currently out versus customers served, and the percentage per town without service. The last six columns reflect customers restored on November 3, 4, and 5, and the percentage anticipated restored per day. Breakdowns for Sussex County as follows:

 

·      SUSSEX ANDOVER BOROUGH 229 448 51% 0 14 27 0 6 12

·      SUSSEX ANDOVER TOWNSHIP 2,201 2,454 90% 0 132 242 0 6 11

·      SUSSEX BRANCHVILLE BOROUGH 26 539 5% 14 10 1 55 40 3

·      SUSSEX BYRAM TOWNSHIP 2,749 3,540 78% 0 330 632 0 12 23

·      SUSSEX FRANKFORD TOWNSHIP 1,158 2,122 55% 579 521 0 50 45 0

·      SUSSEX FRANKLIN BOROUGH 365 2,458 15% 0 40 84 0 11 23

·      SUSSEX FREDON TOWNSHIP 976 1,360 72% 29 342 78 3 35 8

·      SUSSEX GREEN TOWNSHIP 817 1,420 58% 0 114 180 0 14 22

·      SUSSEX HAMBURG BOROUGH 311 1,944 16% 0 37 75 0 12 24

·      SUSSEX HAMPTON TOWNSHIP 970 2,382 41% 485 340 68 50 35 7

·      SUSSEX HARDYSTON TOWNSHIP 1,016 3,720 27% 325 163 132 32 16 13

·      SUSSEX HOPATCONG BOROUGH 5,280 6,540 81% 581 1901 317 11 36 6

·      SUSSEX LAFAYETTE TOWNSHIP 339 819 41% 7 41 78 2 12 23

·      SUSSEX MONTAGUE TOWNSHIP 1,009 1,689 60% 0 121 232 0 12 23

·      SUSSEX NEWTON TOWN 813 3,854 21% 24 106 179 3 13 22

·      SUSSEX OGDENSBURG BOROUGH 162 980 17% 36 24 28 22 15 17

·      SUSSEX SANDYSTON TOWNSHIP 551 1,151 48% 248 116 88 45 21 16

·      SUSSEX SPARTA TOWNSHIP 2,996 8,527 35% 779 449 419 26 15 14

·      SUSSEX STANHOPE BOROUGH 400 1,659 24% 0 96 64 0 24 16

·      SUSSEX STILLWATER TOWNSHIP 1,576 2,132 74% 788 693 32 50 44 2

·      SUSSEX SUSSEX BOROUGH 41 1,233 3% 7 6 7 18 14 18

·      SUSSEX VERNON TOWNSHIP 1,810 4,380 41% 145 235 380 8 13 21

·      SUSSEX WALPACK TOWNSHIP 116 139 83% 0 16 26 0 14 22

·      SUSSEX WANTAGE TOWNSHIP 311 1,701 18% 137 56 28 44 18 9

Municipal update and county updates (click here for our article with previous updates):

County Level: According to the county website, The county reported at the end of the day, 43 percent of residents were still without power in the JCP&L area, and 24 road closures, are still in effect. Forty-two miles of roadway countywide, are still affected. Newton Public Schools are open on Monday, with early dismissal; Hopatcong Schools are closed; Sussex Tech, Andover, and Hamburg are expected to reopen; Frankford will reopen if power is restored; Green Township students will return to school if power returns, and if not, will attend school at Merriam Avenue in Newton from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Andover Township: On The Andover Township Police Department Facebook Page, all Andover Township voting locations will be held at the DPW Building, behind the municipal building, from 6 a.m to 8 p.m. The Police Station also said there were cases of water there, for anyone who needed it, at their station on Lake Iliff Road. Also, Andover, in Cliffwood Lakes, is under a boil water advisory with United Water. The department also said, “Crews were seen working today on subtransmission lines which are feeds coming out of the substations. In speaking with these crews they indicated heavy damage was sustained to these lines which includes replacing poles in the middle of the woods. They were working in the area near Lake Lenape behind the Andover Methodist Church and moving towards the Hidden Valley Lake section of Andover Township. These repairs need to be fixed first in order for them to begin making repairs on the other power lines. There is still no estimated time of restoration for any specific areas in the Township. We are trying to keep everyone informed the best we can and hope our residents stay safe throughout this difficult period.” Also, the fire department on Limecrest Road, will be open from noon to 9:00 p.m. serving hot meals, and for anyone looking for heat, or to charge their cell phones.

Byram Township: There are no new updates on the Byram Township Pages, either the website,or the Facebook Page:  “previously posted Byram Township residents without drinking water may pick up a case of bottled water from the Cranberry Lake Firehouse on Rt. 206. Water is limited to one case per family to make sure there is an adequate supply for all our residents in need. Water for non drinking household purposes is still available at the firehouse also. You must bring your own containers to transport non drinking water. Tree crews have been working throughout the Township to clear trees from the roadways that our Department of Public Works can't remove due to wires being mixed in with the branches. Everyone should avoid any areas that have downed wires as these wires could be energized or become reenergized at any time.” Also, Byram’s Trunk or Treat, is Sunday at Lockwood Farms. There is a limit of 100 cars, due to space. Carpooling recommended due to limitations, as well as the gas shortage.

Frankford Township: On Frankford Township’s Facebook Page’s last update: There are free cases of drinking water for residents, located at the right side of the building, near the back.

Hardyston Township: The Hardyston Township Police Department’s last updates on its Facebook Page, said on its Facebook Page, Fire Company 1 on Colson Terrace, will be open on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., for a warming center, meal, and charging station. The police also said, “If power is not restored to your regular polling places, the county is likely to relocate. We want residents to be aware they may have to travel to the north side of town to vote. We have been informed the new polling places may change from Hardyston Municipal Building , Hardyston Middle School and Firehouse to the YMCA & Wallkill Valley High School.”

Hopatcong Borough: Hopatcong Borough has had major difficulties since the storm, with phone and power communications disrupted. The police department had limited internet, according to its Facebook Page.  Tonight, the department wrote, “We Have progress.. The center of town has lit up. Not sure how far out from Boro hall it goes. But certainly a good sign.”

Town of Newton: Newton Police posted on its Facebook Page: no new information: “Newton Schools are closed Friday 11/2, plan to be open Monday 11/5.” A parent posted on the page as a reminder, Merriam Avenue School is still on early dismissal for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for parent-teacher conferences. 

Sparta Township: Sparta Township Police Department’s Facebook Page, had the current power restoration status, with 2,825 customers or 33 percent, still affected

Vernon Township: The Vernon Township Police Department has posted on its Facebook Page, “No decision has been made yet about Vernon schools on Monday due to several issues. There will be school on Thursday and Friday due to the cancellation of the teachers’ conference. We will post about Monday as soon as we hear.”

Wantage Township:  On the township website: “As of Friday, 11/2, Wantage Town Hall is still without internet or e-mail service. Please call on telephone to communicate your needs 973-875-7192. DAMAGE CLAIMS: As of 11/2, Sussex County has not yet been declared eligible for FEMA assistance from Sandy damage. Wantage homeowners and businessmen may contact Chris or Jeanne at town hall 973-875-7192 and add your name/address to a "Storm damaged properties" list. We will submit that list if/when Sussex County is declared eligible. Emergency Management Coordinator Joe Konopinski recommends homeowners and businessmen also report their situation directly to FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or via website www.FEMA.gov. Hoping you are faring well in the post-Sandy time frame. Reports are indicating 85% of Wantage has power restored; hoping that is accurate and that they'll get it up to 100% soon! “ Some updates:
If you are still without power, Wantage Town Hall has drinking water and non-potable water available. Call Wantage Town Hall for info: 973-875-7192. You can also come by town hall during regular business hours to re-charge your electronic devices if you need to do so.The DPW will pick up branches on Wednesday, November 7.  For basement floods, residents should call the Wantage Fire Department at: (973) 875-3771, or Colesville at (973) 875-5733. 

The Alternative Press will continue to provide reports and updates on the post-Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, as well as news and information on The Alternative Press of Sussex County Facebook Page

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