ROXBURY, NJ - More than 40 percent of Jersey Central Power & Light's customers in Roxbury remained without electricity as 2 p.m. approached on the day after a brutal, windy snowstorm downed power lines across the region, the utility said.
At 1:45 p.m., JCP&L had yet to restore service to 4,270 Roxbury customers, it said. That number was confirmed by Roxbury Township officials who said several township roads - blocked by fallen trees and power lines from Friday's storm - remained closed to traffic.
Roxbury police reported that Shippenport Road was hit particularly hard by the storm. It said about a dozen utility poles were taken down by the heavy snow "at once."
"The township road department will be clearing the roadways as the power crews remove the trees from the wires," said Roxbury Department of Public Works Director Richard Blood. "They will also begin clearing any street trees on Monday."
He said people with no power can go to the township library and to Roxbury Fire Department fire stations in Berkshire Valley and Landing, facilities that are serving as "warming stations."
JCP&L said it restored service to about 75,000 customers statewide, but about 30,000 customers remained without of service as of Saturday afternoon. It said Morris County was one of the hardest hit counties in New Jersey.
"Today, JCP&L crews are evaluating damage and isolating damaged equipment to enable repairs to be made," said the company. Customers are being reminded to stay away from downed power lines, assume any downed wire is carrying electricity and call JCP&L, police or fire departments to report them.
“We want to thank our customers for their patience and understanding as we continue to work around the clock to safely restore their service,” said Jim Fakult, president of JCP&L. “The storm’s heavy wet snow, driving rains and gusting winds caused serious damage to equipment. We have more than 200 damaged poles and over 1,000 spans of downed wire.”
JCP&L is offering free water and ice to customers remaining out of service. Customers can pick up water and ice at the Succasunna ShopRite and many other stores.