MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Nearly 24 hours after a late night storm with high winds took down a large tree, which in turn took down PSE&G power lines, a section of Wyoming Avenue remains closed. Workers are removing the tree and remediating oil spilled from the transformer.
As of 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 1 the lines had not yet been restored because the tree had yet to be fully removed.
A PSE&G Environmental Department representative at the scene, who declined to give his name, said that the “tree came down and it compromised the pole.” He said “the transformer didn’t blow, it just came down and opened and the oil just spilled out” onto the sidewalk and soil on Wyoming between Clinton Street and Ridgewood Terrace.
The Environmental Department’s job is to “clean up all the oil and remove any contaminated soil and replace it,” the rep said. Although he did not have a power restoration timeframe, he did say that the “crews are busy working on multiple outages” and “they’re in storm mode right now because of how many different [power lines] came down.”
The desk officer at the Maplewood Police Department also had no timeframe for the ending of the road detour, but said it would “probably” last through the night.
The PSE&G outage map said the start time of the outage was 2:04 a.m. on Nov. 1 and the estimated the time for power restoration to be 12:30 a.m. on Nov. 2.