SPARTA, NJ - As of 3 p.m. on Wednesday Sparta Police Department has issued an update on road closures in Sparta.  

  • Sparta Avenue remains closed near the Commons with detours and is not passable for tractor trailers.  JCP&L is currently on the scene.
  • East Mountain Road remains closed near Morningstar with no detour.
  • Summit Trail, top of Summit Road remains closed.
  • Columbus, Hilltop and Hillspring are closed with trees and wires down.
  • Top of Alpine Trail is closed.
  • Lake Saginaw past Woodlawn Road is closed.

Sparta Police report Woodport Road and East Shore Trail have been reopened.  They say JCP&L has many crews in the area addressing a multitude of problem areas.

Sparta Office of Emergency Management has activated a GO2 Center at the Sparta Library.  It will be open until 11 p.m. tonight for residents who would like to charge their devices.  Sparta police Headquarters can also be used and is available overnight. 

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According to a published report, JCP&L expects the vast majority of the remaining customers to be restored to service by late Thursday, with many people in the affected areas getting their power back on sooner.  Those customers experiencing more severe damage will be restored Friday.

The report continues, "after local power lines are repaired and put back in service, damage to individual customer service wires may become apparent.  Customers are reminded that if their neighbor's power is on and theirs is not, the problem may be isolated to their individual service, and service to the neighbor could be fed from a different circuit.  Customers are encouraged to report such problems, even at this latter stage in the restoration process.

"JCP&L reminds customers to immediately report downed wires to their utility at 888-LIGHTSS (888-544-4877), or to their local police or fire department.  Customers should never go near a downed wire even if they think it is no longer carrying electricity.  Extra caution should be used in areas where downed lines are tangled in trees or other debris."