SPRINGFIELD, NJ — A power outage in the area of Diamond Road and Fadem Road knocked out power to several streets in Springfield in the 9:00 a.m. hour Tuesday morning.
In the information report on their website, JCP&L also said that between 100 and 500 customers had their power disrupted during the outage itself.
As of 1:30 p.m., power had been restored to some streets in Springfield, with full restoration coming just before 2:00 p.m. according to JCP&L. When reached for comment, JCP&L Senior Communications Representative Cliff Cole said that following the first reports of an outage, crews went to work on repairing it.
"We had the outage that affected the residents of Springfield beginning this morning," Cole said. "Our crews then worked safely to try and identify what the problem was. Before they could start the inspection process, they had to make sure the area was safe for operatives to get in and inspect the equipment that we suspect was causing the problem."
Once that was done, we did a very methodical patrol of the area that we felt was impacting the residents that were out of service, and were finally able to restore power a little bit before 2:00 p.m. We don't have a cause for it right now, but we are continuing to investigate what transpired today, and we will get back to the local officials [...] once we do find the cause."
Cole also said that the Government Affairs/External Affairs team had maintained contact with local officials and Springfield OEM personnel to keep them apprised of the situation during repairs.
Springfield Mayor Chris Capodice also spoke with TAP, and relayed the latest information he had received on the situation.
"As of right now, all of our resident's power should be restored," Capodice said. "We're getting word from JCP&L that a malfunction occurred at the Fadem Road switching station."
With that being said, Capodice also expressed his disappointment with what he said was a continued pattern of slow or delayed responses, including last month when tropical storm Isaias made its way through New Jersey.
"JCP&L doesn't have any further explanation for us right now, and that is beyond frustrating. I have personally spoken to and written correspondence to our county, state and national government representatives, asking them to advocate on our behalf, certainly reaching across the aisle to do so [...] kudos to our residents who have also done the same.
"But this is beyond frustrating. During a storm or during a power outage, residents don't want to hear weather, they don't want to hear preparations from JCP&L. They don't want to read numbers. They want results, and what's happening now is just unacceptable. I will continue to provide updates when I receive them."
Capodice also said that JCP&L's local representative will be at November's township committee meeting to answer questions from residents.