SPRINGFIELD, NJ — More than a full day after Tropical Storm Isaias made its way through town, many residents still find themselves in the dark, as the cleanup and restoration of power continue.
As Springfield mayor Chris Capodice said in messaging to residents, while power outages remain an issue, most roads in town are now cleared.
"Aside from a couple of side streets, all roads are passable," Capdoice said. "The Township of Springfield remains under a Local State of Emergency with travel restricted to emergency vehicles and essential travel only. There are many utility poles that are snapped and wires that are down. We have all traffic lights up and running on generator power. If you must travel, please do so with an abundance of caution."
For residents who need to charge their devices, a charging station will be located at Chisholm Community Center from 8am to 7pm daily until further notice. Residents should remember to wear a face covering, social distance, and be considerate of others who also require charging of their device.
As the Department of Public Works continues to clean up from the storm, residents may place storm debris (Branches, Shrubs, etc.) at their curbs for pickup by the DPW. The town asks that items set out be restricted to debris specifically as a result of the storm, as this pickup is not for contractors or personal landscape projects.
Free Water And Ice
JCP&L is offering free water and ice at the following locations:
- Shoprite of Springfield, 727 Morris Tpke, Springfield, Union
- Kings, 784 Springfield Ave, Summit, Union County
- Shoprite of Millburn, 220 Main St, Millburn, Essex County
Garbage collection will continue as scheduled.
One major issue that has arisen in the aftermath of Isaias is the slow power restoration timeframe from JCP&L. Capodice also acknowledged that in another post later yesterdya afternoon.
"Many of you have voiced your concerns over our electric service, suggesting a switch to PSE&G," Capodice said. "This has actually been attempted in the past. The NJ Board of Public Utilities (BPU) licenses and controls electric companies in NJ. JCP&L is the only company authorized to deliver electricity in Springfield.
"On a number of occasions, Springfield has tried to change companies. Unfortunately, in order to do so, you need a company willing to take over service. No company, including PSE&G, has been willing to take over service for our town."
He added, "Many residents I have spoken to were very vocal regarding reaching out to the BPU. I would suggest sending letters, emails, and phone calls to the BPU, in addition to Township efforts, to pressure JCP&L to do a better job in servicing our community."