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PSE&G Plans Outage in North Plainfield, Doesn't Notify Local Police or Fire

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This is the letter dropped off at residents houses in North Plainfield announcing possible outages of two hours on Sunday.
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NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – PSE&G left letters in some North Plainfield residents’ mailboxes on the east end of town Thursday afternoon notifying them that power would be shut off this Sunday from approximately 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for utility work in the area.  If the weather is bad the company will reschedule the outage.

A spokesman for the North Plainfield Police and Fire depatments said that neither department was notified by Public Service Electric and Gas. However, after being notified of the power disruption by The Alternative Press, Chief William Parenti says that the borough has requested a map of the outage and will be increasing patrols in those areas.

According to Chief William Eaton who was able to reach PSE&G after being notified by residents of the planned outages most of the downtime will be cutovers and as brief as 10 minutes, though the letter says it could be as long as two hours.

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A number of calls from residents to the number on the letter went directly to voicemail.

Homes from the border of Plainfield to Route 22 have received notification. Only homes that received the notification will lose power, and if a home didn’t receive one they will not be affected.

Betty Adedes, who lives on Leonard Place by the Crab Brook, was upset at the announced length of the outage due to her three constantly running sump pumps.

In a couple hours my basement will flood if those sump pumps are not running," said Adedes. "It's ridiculous to get told of it this way."

Residents were warned that the outage could result in their burglar and fire alarm systems to fail, and PSE&G recommends that residents with alarm company contracts notify their service provider.  Batteries in smoke and CO2 alarms should be checked prior to the planned outage.

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