Progress on Power Being Made

PSE&G expects to have power restored to its remaining customers in East Brunswick by midnight Sunday. JCP&L says Monday.

PSE&G announced today that it expects to have the remaining 3,500 customers without power in East Brunswick back online by midnight Sunday.

Of the 15,250 PSE&G customers in East Brunswick, 14,250 were left without power by Hurricane Sandy. Middlesex County township's that the company will be focusing on this weekend are Edison, Piscataway, Woodbridge and East Brunswick

On the JCP&L end, of its 4,588 East Brunswick customers, 3,715 are without power, according to a statement released by the company. Of those with outages, 2,080 were expected to be restored Saturday, Nov. 3; 743 on Sunday, Nov. 5; and 223 on Monday, Nov. 5

Statewide, PSE&G had restored power to 65 percent of customers that lost it in the storm, and in the last day, service to major gas refiners and 75 percent of schools was restored.

Also in the last 24 hours, the company energized its switching stations and restored 16 substations.

Currently, about 73 percent of PSE&G customers have power while 607,000 are still without it. At its peak,, he storm impacted 1.7 million of PSE&G’s 2.2 million customers.

According to the company’s statement, it has 2,794 mutual aid line workers and tree contractors from out of state helping on the ground. An additional 319 new workers are due today and 300 more are being sent from Washington, D.C. In addition, 102 out-of-state personnel who specialize in substations have arrived to assist.

PSE&G is focusing its efforts this weekend on those areas where we can restore power to the maximum number of customers. In addition to the municipalities listed below, we will continue to address priority customers including hospitals, public safety facilities, schools and water systems throughout our service territory.

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Fred November 04, 2012 at 12:42 AM
I like to see that happen ! We here on Stratford Road have down poles and wires and 2 down transformers LOL And we had only 1 visit from a PSE&G truck came out looked and went back and waved good by.
Yaofeng Chen November 04, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Where do you get the notion Colonial Oaks is always last to get power restored? I live in Colonial Oaks the last 21 years this is the first extended power outage lasting for more than a day, although I didn't get to experience it as I went out of the country last Sunday. As I understand the problem is not in the Colonial Oaks neighborhood as all power lines are underground. My wife told me a pole on Dutch Road snapped severing some power lines. I know because my basement was flooded exactly once when we lost power during a prolonged rainfall. Thank God Sandy did not bring a lot of rain.
Marc November 04, 2012 at 03:32 AM
There are a dozen trucks from Illinois working tirelessly all day on Harts Lane. Seems the issue is that the lines from the substation run along the railroad tracks across to Ryder's lane. A lot of poles are down along the tracks and there is no way to get to them without driving on the rail line. Why wooden utility poles are still used in this country is a mystery. Seems more effort needs to be made in reconsidering how power is distributed around here.
Maria November 04, 2012 at 03:52 AM
I would also like to ask PSE&G the same! I live close by Stratford and have seen those wires n transformers down since Tuesday, and pse&g has not done anything! Those wires are hanging allover and on the street! What's going on PSE&G? You need to do something!!!!
Gigi McMillin November 04, 2012 at 04:14 AM
They are doing the best they can - this is an extraordinary situation. They are human just like me and you
Gigi McMillin November 04, 2012 at 04:17 AM
There is no way they can get everyone up and running at that same time. Give them a break guys. They are working long hours and doing the best that they humanly can. So we have no electricity. Most, if not all of us have running water and hot water. Get out of your houses and go to the shore or staten island and help those people out. Then come home to your dry clean bed and your 3 blankets and you will sleep like a log and not notice that the lights are out.
Jean Vitta November 04, 2012 at 10:30 AM
It is not that the workers are not working. It is a matter of poor planni g andack of leadership. Towns and utilities received millions I. Himand security money to plan and prevent as much as possible for such events. The utilities should be made to forfeit one year profit for everyday day each home is out. That monies should be spent on infrastructure such as more underground wiring better pruning of trees instead of the chop further unbalancing Ted weight and replace wood poles sorry for any typos
Yaofeng Chen November 04, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Sandy is a 100 year storm. People need to have a proper perspective of what damage this type of storm can create and have. If PSEG can restore power where I live in the Colonial Oaks section by Sunday evening I will be very happy.
Tom Kurucz November 04, 2012 at 12:36 PM
JCP&L came on sometime last night. Old Stage manor. Brunswick ave. & Old Stage rd. intersection.
Dolores Parker November 04, 2012 at 12:53 PM
The mayor lives in Greentree and we still have no power . He is well aware of JCP&L's lack of progress. He is living it first hand like the rest of us.
pat November 04, 2012 at 01:27 PM
I live off of riva on iris court and if pse&g can restore the power by tonight, it would be a blessing..they are doing a great job..reminder to all most of us still have homes and water.. agreed it is cold and with children and pets it is diffcult..let's be thankful for all we have..
Gigi McMillin November 04, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Hi Pat - I think I know who you are (mikes mom). Did you take a walk onto Sand road? They did cut the tree off the house but no activity yesterday. Maybe today they will start working on it. Many of my friends in SI and the shore lost everything. I am a positive person. I am saving money on gas and electric and when I get the power restored I don't think I will turn my heat above 60. I am climatized :)
Colmon November 04, 2012 at 03:35 PM
No work on Dutch road as of 10:30am, November 4. Several down poles and trees.
AS November 04, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Pseg is NOT doing a great job. At crosspointe We had power on thurs and yesterday it went out again. They said they had to shut us so they could work on it and bring others up. I think that is a lie bc why do they hv power at lake estates which is less than 500 feet from my house!! The fact that they purposely cut our power doesnt sit right with me. They are playing games with our lives and our health. Ive been sick to my stomach all nite bc it is so cold! I dont think they were working on the power in the middle of the nite so why couldnt they turn it back on? I'll tell u why, bc they have no clue what they are doing!! I saw a truck driving around from ohio and a few mins later we had no power. There are too many hands in the pot and nobody is in charge! We need leadership and pseg needs to get fined for doing this to us! Who is going protect us from their negligent decisions?! We need a leader mayor stahl!! You will not get my vote this time around!! I am beyond pissed. Your leadership is pathetic! DO SOMETHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hs November 04, 2012 at 06:33 PM
No power at old tennent court. Any estimate?
Perseus November 04, 2012 at 06:48 PM
We're not speaking of Colonial Oaks Village, where I suppose you live, and where perhaps the lines are underground. The otherwise prestigious Colonial Oaks neighborhood, from PSE&G perspective, may as well be the land that time forgot. You can't even drive down our street yet. There's not a truck in sight. The chances of our being up by tonight are between slim and none. As for your ridiculous comment about 100 year storms: power here goes out several times a year, in any strong wind. In fact, I no longer eat beans.
Yaofeng Chen November 04, 2012 at 07:15 PM
I don't know why I cannot reply to your message, Perseus, so I reply to mine. No. We are not talking about the Colonial Oaks Village. I was talking about the Colonial Oaks neighborhood between Fern Road and Dunhams Corner where I live. And do not flatter yourself about the prestigiousness of that neighborhood. I certainly don't think it is prestigious. Power is restored at noon today I am sure you know in that neighborhood. I am currently out of the country but I have been watching the storm development since last Sunday when I left town. We do not have power but my wife has been driving around. Power does go out severl times a year where I live on Valley Forge Drive, but never more than a few hours. The only time over the 21 years I live there when I had extended power outage happens exactly once, perhaps two days max. Never has it gone out for a full week like this time. Do you live in that neighborhood? If you do you know the power lines are undreground. Do you not?
David Barik November 04, 2012 at 11:08 PM
JCPL No power at Cleveland Ave, since Monday night any estimate ? you guys slow. Let me know how I can switch to PSE&G ?
Candice November 04, 2012 at 11:43 PM
everyone needs to remember that they have most of the state to restore power to...especially pseg...be thankful to have a roof over your heads...i recently moved from ortley beach and have friends and family across ocean county being told they may not even be able to get to their homes for up to 8 months, those that still have homes...if it's that unbearable that's what the shelters are for...i give credit to all the people out there trying to get this state up and running again...it's not an easy task with a lot of obstacles in the way...and as for jcpl..i don't think they have a fraction of the man power that pseg does...i agree we need to be a bit more thankful for what we do have...there's a lot of people left with nothing after all this...and as for etas they said days ago it may not be until around the 9th that power is restored for some places in eb and other towns
Robert nGuyen November 05, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Any idea on when Pine Ridge PArk neighborhood will get power?
Dan November 05, 2012 at 03:19 PM
PSEG sent out emails notification on progress. JCPL did nothing. JCPL "plans" and "maps" found on their website give no plans nor estimated schedule. Numbers in their "plans" do not add up. Let's see what Christie meant when talking about "accountability".
LS November 05, 2012 at 04:02 PM
JCPL is awful - the same is PSENG. I know they have been working around the clock, but we have been without power for 8 days! Any idea on the power situation at Cranburry Knolls (corner of Cranburry and Fern)?
Gigi McMillin November 05, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Hi LS - I have PSE&G and am still without power. Not sure if you know why your are out but we can see our reason in our neighborhood. I talked to them today and there are many many problems. For us it is the poles - they are running out of the supply. Need to get more. Once I see the pole going up I know the linemen can come out and put the lines and transformer up. I think it is better to know then not to know. But remember - I have friends and family that have lost cars and homes. So no power is a very very minor issue with me. I will survive - yes I am inconvienenced but so what. I am going to Staten Island to help clean out their homes and bring them gas. I suggest that all of us in EB get out of the house and go to the really devestated areas and volunteer. Then come home to your cold house and thank the lord that you only lost power.
Chalmers Road Resident November 05, 2012 at 04:54 PM
PSE&G has not gotten service up. We are still without power as of today. So much for the promise of Sunday by Midnight
Dan November 05, 2012 at 05:26 PM
These companies should let us know the problems they are facing. Let us know that they are trying, not just giving out fake promises. Tell us truth not pr propaganda. Yes, we still have gas and water. But we might have seniors at home who simply refuse to leave home for shelter and had been suffering the cold. It's tough for everyone, yes. These companies can at least show some true caring by telling truth. They could have asked for FEMA's help. They could have asked Christie or Fed for help if they are short of materials. Incompetent monopolies.
LS November 05, 2012 at 06:37 PM
I agree with Dan. Lack of info. False promises. Both companies were not prepared. I am not seeing any visible damages in my area - neither fallen poles, nor trees on wires. However we are still without power. I saw a fallen pole on Dunhams Corner road - and there is a small PSENG van near this pole. It has been helplessly standing there for at least three days. Gigi - I will be glad to volunteer and help people who were impacted more. Please suggest what we can do with our bare hands.
Gigi McMillin November 05, 2012 at 07:48 PM
I totally agree - tell us the truth. Let us know you can't get poles and tell us what you are doing to solve this problem. Let us know how many transformers you have and how you are going to distribute them
Joseph Yeung November 05, 2012 at 07:50 PM
JY: I live in the Country Wood development . I noticed there is still no sign of power upto now (11/05/2012 at 2:45pm) we've been out of power since last Monday night. The home is getting very cold now & here goes all my tropical fish due to low temperature in the Aquarium. Ruined food b'cos of no power for the fridge. Whe3n will we have our power Back. I begin to loose my faith in the Administration of EB.
Gigi McMillin November 05, 2012 at 07:52 PM
LS - I am going out to staten Island to deliver supplies and gas to friends. I went for a walk today and noticed a neighbor cleaning out his house (a tree fell right into his kitchen and dining room). I thought - there are tons of helping hands in the congested devastated areas - like Capadonno Blvd in Staten Island and the Jersey Shore. But when it is a single home in a 10 block area there are no helping hands except for any family that is nearby. I decided I would drive around EB and if there is a house that I see has been damaged I will stop and knock on the door and see how I can help. I think that would help out the neighbors in EB
Dan November 05, 2012 at 09:17 PM
They must have schedules and deadlines set for each goal. They should let us know the schedules and update the progress. Cannot reach a goal? Give us a reason, any reason. This shows that they are working on it. They would not do this. This is like saying: "You don't need to know. Just sit there and wait for your turn. If we screw up, we don't want you to know." I would fire anyone in my company if this is the attitude. What would Christie do to hold them accountable? How? Why do we in NJ have this messed up division of cash-milking-fields with two, three oligopolies? What was the deal? We will remember this at voting time.


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