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In South Orange, 24+Trees Down, 7 Houses Struck, 1300 Households Without Power

In the aftermath of yesterday’s Nor’easter, Village Green contact the leadership of South Orange and Maplewood for damage reports. The following information was presented by South Orange leaders:

From South Orange Police Chief Kyle Kroll on Saturday, March 3:

We had a total of approximately 24 trees down. 11 down affecting the roadway, 7 down that struck houses, 3 down that struck cars and 3 that fell on power lines creating outages and one fire to a tree.

There was only one motor vehicle accident during the storm and I believe with no injuries.

The power outages affected pockets of the Montrose section, Irvington Ave, So. Ridgewood Rd and Prospect Ave. The traffic control lights on Irvington Ave. were inoperable due to the outage. Additionally, traffic had to be diverted earlier in the day on South Orange Ave due to the traffic light at Vose Ave snapping and coming to rest on the overhead electrical lines.

From South Orange Village President Sheena Collum on Saturday, March 3:

Neighbors – I finished a conference call with PSEG and want to provide you with the most information I can at this time (please share with your neighbors).

HOW MANY OUTAGES? South Orange currently has a total of 10 outages affecting 1300 households.

WHEN WILL I GET MY POWER BACK? PSE&G has crews currently working in the following areas today: Village, Prospect, Fairview, Grove (Rd. and Terrace), Woodland, Crest, Turrell, Charlton, Harding, Hartford, Thornden, Mayhew, Finlay, and Hamilton. While they hope these areas are restored today, it may be tomorrow. They are working on the areas that experienced the first set of outages yesterday and then are moving on to those that occurred today. The outage map is available here: http://outagecenter.pseg.com/external/default.html (and refreshes every 15 minutes).

HOW DO I REPORT I’M OUT? PSE&G encourages customers to report downed wires and power outages by logging in to My Account on www.pseg.com, texting the word “OUT” to 4PSEG, or calling PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG.

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All – I share your frustrations. I know it’s hard and I’ve been fielding calls and messages but I think it’s important for everyone to understand this process. First, it’s not political. It’s not a game of “which mayors have more juice to get their residents back online”. It’s a triage system as it should be. I’m sure you can understand and hopefully appreciate that priority facilities such as hospitals, senior homes, special needs housing, etc. are addressed immediately along with downed wires that pose an immediate public safety risk. Next, as we all know, South Orange benefits from having power lines in our backyards. Aesthetically, the streets are beautiful because they’re generally not cluttered with power lines but the downside is that when storms/power outages occur, it takes five times the amount of labor and effort to restore our community as opposed to neighboring towns where a bucket truck can get people back online a little faster. There is a method to restoration. It’s also worth noting that the safety of crews are also important. They cannot be going up in a bucket truck in 40 MPH+ winds, so very limited restorations occur during the type of nor’easter we experienced yesterday.

HOW IS EVERYONE DOING? First, I want to recognize our Office of Emergency Management, Police Department, Fire Department, and Rescue Squad. Our first responders are truly amazing and all hands were and are on deck. We had roughly 25+ trees down (inclusive of roadways and private property) and one reported motor vehicle incident (with no injury). Residents with special needs such as oxygen are attended to immediately with professionalism and care. A more detailed report occurs later in a closeout but despite a lot of inconveniences that have occurred, our community has done relatively OK given the severity of yesterday’s weather conditions and for that, I’m so grateful.

I thank you for your patience and understanding and as always, really encourage you to check in on your friends and neighbors and perhaps offer them invitation to come over or join you for dinner if they’re still without power.

Lastly, please sign up for our emergency alerts here: http://www.southorange.org/610/SO-Alerts

From South Orange Police Chief Kyle Kroll on Saturday, March 3:

We had a total of approximately 24 trees down. 11 down affecting the roadway, 7 down that struck houses, 3 down that struck cars and 3 that fell on power lines creating outages and one fire to a tree.

There was only one motor vehicle accident during the storm and I believe with no injuries.

The power outages affected pockets of the Montrose section, Irvington Ave, So. Ridgewood Rd and Prospect Ave. The traffic control lights on Irvington Ave. were inoperable due to the outage. Additionally, traffic had to be diverted earlier in the day on South Orange Ave due to the traffic light at Vose Ave snapping and coming to rest on the overhead electrical lines.

From South Orange Village President Sheena Collum on Saturday, March 3: 

Neighbors – I finished a conference call with PSEG and want to provide you with the most information I can at this time (please share with your neighbors).

HOW MANY OUTAGES? South Orange currently has a total of 10 outages affecting 1300 households.

WHEN WILL I GET MY POWER BACK? PSE&G has crews currently working in the following areas today: Village, Prospect, Fairview, Grove (Rd. and Terrace), Woodland, Crest, Turrell, Charlton, Harding, Hartford, Thornden, Mayhew, Finlay, and Hamilton. While they hope these areas are restored today, it may be tomorrow. They are working on the areas that experienced the first set of outages yesterday and then are moving on to those that occurred today. The outage map is available here: http://outagecenter.pseg.com/external/default.html (and refreshes every 15 minutes).

HOW DO I REPORT I’M OUT? PSE&G encourages customers to report downed wires and power outages by logging in to My Account on www.pseg.com, texting the word “OUT” to 4PSEG, or calling PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-PSEG.

_______________________________________________________________

All – I share your frustrations. I know it’s hard and I’ve been fielding calls and messages but I think it’s important for everyone to understand this process. First, it’s not political. It’s not a game of “which mayors have more juice to get their residents back online”. It’s a triage system as it should be. I’m sure you can understand and hopefully appreciate that priority facilities such as hospitals, senior homes, special needs housing, etc. are addressed immediately along with downed wires that pose an immediate public safety risk. Next, as we all know, South Orange benefits from having power lines in our backyards. Aesthetically, the streets are beautiful because they’re generally not cluttered with power lines but the downside is that when storms/power outages occur, it takes five times the amount of labor and effort to restore our community as opposed to neighboring towns where a bucket truck can get people back online a little faster. There is a method to restoration. It’s also worth noting that the safety of crews are also important. They cannot be going up in a bucket truck in 40 MPH+ winds, so very limited restorations occur during the type of nor’easter we experienced yesterday.

HOW IS EVERYONE DOING? First, I want to recognize our Office of Emergency Management, Police Department, Fire Department, and Rescue Squad. Our first responders are truly amazing and all hands were and are on deck. We had roughly 25+ trees down (inclusive of roadways and private property) and one reported motor vehicle incident (with no injury). Residents with special needs such as oxygen are attended to immediately with professionalism and care. A more detailed report occurs later in a closeout but despite a lot of inconveniences that have occurred, our community has done relatively OK given the severity of yesterday’s weather conditions and for that, I’m so grateful.

I thank you for your patience and understanding and as always, really encourage you to check in on your friends and neighbors and perhaps offer them invitation to come over or join you for dinner if they’re still without power.

Lastly, please sign up for our emergency alerts here:http://www.southorange.org/610/SO-Alerts

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