FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Both Scotch Plains and Fanwood had almost reached 100 percent “power back” by Monday morning. However, at 2:20 Monday afternoon a problem at PSE&G’s Sewaren switching station caused 45,000 customers in portions of ten communities to lose power.
PSE&G details that they had “personnel immediately on site” to deal with the issue at a substation that had suffered extensive damage due to the flooding from Hurricane Sandy. The majority of customers affected by this latest blackout had their power back by 4:15 on Monday.
PSE&G has committed to continue restoration efforts and “repairs will continue on a 24/7 basis to address all customer issues. Individual customers without service in a neighborhood with power should call 1-800-436-7734 and a crew will be assigned to complete the work.”
Many of the out-of-state crews will continue to assist to ensure that customers are brought “back online” with their power. “Recovering from this storm has been grueling, not only for our customers who endured many hardships without electricity and heat, but also for the men and women who have been working non-stop since Oct. 30,” said Ralph LaRossa, PSE&G president and COO.
“While we have restored nearly all 1.7 million customers affected by Sandy, we know we have more work to do. We will not rest until every last customer has their power and our permanent repairs are completed,” said LaRossa. He went on to detail how the temporary repairs used to bring the most people back online would make “the system less reliable than usual, and there may be more outages than the utility would experience in a normal day.”
Interactions on local blogs and Facebook have detailed some residents were actually stopping crews in the street and asking them to work on their homes. However, residents who are still out of power are urged to call PSE&G directly to determine when they will have power restored.