SUMMIT, NJ - In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias, there are still nearly 60 percent of Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) customers in Summit without power, with JCP&L indicating that restoration is projected for Tuesday, August 11 at 11:30 p.m. Currently, 5,537 out of 9,267 customers in the Hilltop City -- 59.75 percent -- remain in the dark as do just over half of the 27,232 JCP&L customers in Union County.
Summit Mayor Nora Radest, in a message sent via the SwiftReach system on August 5 just after to 7:30 p.m., stated, "I know how extremely frustrated everyone is with this power outage especially in light of all the hardship we have endured since March. Please do not doubt, for one moment, that I am strongly advocating for the restoration of power to Summit residents as soon as possible."
The Mayor continued, "Earlier today, I participated in a conference call with JCP&L to understand how it plans to restore service. It is repairing high-voltage substation damage to re-energize transmission lines and then determine problems along distribution lines that run along city streets. JCP&L says that it expects to have 90% of customers back in service in a few days. This is not the answer we wanted. I am insisting that we receive restoration times tonight, and we will share them with you as soon as we get them."
Also noted by Radest:
JCP&L is providing free ice and water at various area locations, and the City has established an outdoor charging station located at the Broad Street east parking lot (adjacent to the Broad Street parking garage). Residents may charge electronic devices from 8:30 a.m.to 9 p.m. on August 6 and 7, and a second charging station will open August 6 at the Summit Community Center (100 Morris Avenue) and be open from 5 - 9 p.m. August 6 and 7 as well.
Depending on the status of outages, weekend hours will be established for both charging station locations. Power strips are provided, with residents asked to bring their own charging cord and adapter. Face masks are required, and people are asked to maintain a social distance of six feet from one another.
Citywide recycling will be collected August 6, with residents asked to place their recycling at the curb by 6 a.m. If a citizen's street is closed due to a blockage caused by the tropical storm, they should consider delivering it to the Summit Transfer Station. Those wishing to have their recycling picked up once their street is reopened are instructed to visit the city website and click on 'Report a Concern' to create a pickup request, or call 908-273-6404 after their street has reopened.
Collection of storm debris will begin this Friday and continue next week according to garbage collection days and routes.
As of 11:55 a.m. August 6, the City of Summit states that, based on a report from JCP&L, "the estimated restoration time is 11 p.m. tonight for Overlook Hospital and the following streets: Baltusrol Road/Avenue, Druid Hill Road, Elm Street/Place, Glen Avenue, Glenside Avenue, Greenbriar Drive, Henry Street, Hughes Place, Maple Street, Montview Road, Mountain Avenue, Myrtle Avenue, Oak Ridge Avenue, Overlook Road, Pearl Street, Primrose Place, Ridgedale Avenue, Rowan Road, Surrey Road, Valemont Way, and Van Dyke Place."