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Power Update, Schools Remain Closed in Little Silver

Most residents will come out of the dark by Wednesday, says the borough's mayor.

An update from Little Silver Mayor Robert C. Neff, Jr.:

POWER

JCP&L continues to slowly bring power back to Little Silver. However, the electric company advises that it may be Wednesday before the majority of residents will have power.

As of Monday evening, about 834 customers in the borough were still without power, according to JCP&L, down from the original 2,477. The electric company predicts that it will bring 167 more customers on line on Tuesday, Nov. 6, but advises that it is currently running ahead of predictions.

JCP&L advises that it was delayed in returning Little Silver to power because all three of its substations, and all five of the circuits running from those substations, were damaged. It has now moved through those repairs and is working on the individual lines and transformers in town. 

Please turn off all circuit breakers prior to power being restored. When power is restored, turn breakers on one by one.

SCHOOLS UPDATE

Point Road School and Markham Place School will remain closed for the rest of the week, and anticipate reopening on Monday, Nov. 12.

The Borough OEM, the School District, the Mayor's officeand others are working closely together to reopen school as quickly, and as safely, as possible. We regret any inconvenience or disruption caused by the reconsideration of our inital plan to reopen Markham Place School on Tuesday, which had been reached after considerable, joint deliberations among the Mayor's office, the school district, and the OEM. Unfortunately, the fluid nature of this emergency, considerations involving the safety of children walking to school, the fact that JCP&L wires remain down, and potential traffic safety issues caused the reconsideration, and a collaborative decision was made to remain closed. We will continue to communicate by way of the Two River Alert system, letters posted by the School District on www.littlesilverschools.org, and this website, as further developments occur.

DEBRIS REMOVAL

The Borough is moving as quickly as it can to pick up limbs, brush, and other vegetative debris. Household trash pickup is proceeding on schedule. Recycling pickup is presently suspended, but the recycling station at the DPW facility on Fairview Avenue is manned for those who wish to drop off recycleables.

Please do not put out extremely heavy bags or containers. Many small containers or bags work better and are more easily picked up by our hauler. With respect to large flood-related debris, including furniture, pilings, and other bulk items, the Borough is exploring the feasibility of contracting with a hauler to remove large bulk items that cannot be removed by homeowners or the borough, particularly in flooded areas. The Borough does not normally remove this material, and does not itself have the personnel or capacity to collect it. We will update this process as it moves forward, but in the meantime, please take advantage of any insurance coverage that may provide you with the ability to have this heavy debris removed.  

LS Resident November 06, 2012 at 06:34 PM
I'm sorry - 167 people today is just not good enough. There are power lines hanging at the end of Harding Road. The tree that brought them down was cleared last Thursday. It is completely unacceptable that these wires have not been addressed yet. The rest of the road is clear so there should be no further issue. There are young children involved.
LittleS November 06, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I agree 100%
Kathy Gledhill November 06, 2012 at 07:25 PM
I could not agree more. We have a similar situation on Standish Road where a tree fell on power lines and the electrical pole split in half. We have had wires hanging in the street for over a week now. I presume that our utilities cannot be restored until a new pole is installed. However, if I am wrong, and those wires become live once the substations and related circuitry are repaired, then those wires could become live while still dangling in the street. Since the lots for many properties on our street are small, and because our street is dead-end, we regularly have children playing in the street which is further enhanced by the fact that school is not in session. In addition, the lack of electricity means our residents (some of which are seniors and small children) continue to try to navigate our houses, particularly stairs, in the dark. The ensuing danger and potential liability, not to mention life disruption and lack of information is unacceptable.
Susan Coene November 06, 2012 at 07:36 PM
I agree with Kathy. The wires on Standish are very frightening. When will this be resolved. I am guessing not before the next storm which means those wires will be whipping around in the predicted wind gusts of 60 mikes per hour.
LittleS November 06, 2012 at 07:37 PM
And what does the mayor consider "majority of residents"? 51%??? By Wednesday? Ridiculous.
LS Resident November 06, 2012 at 08:28 PM
That's the other thing - if this next storm results in power outages, I would hope those of us that have been without close to 10 days would have first priority restoration.
joeybaggodounts November 06, 2012 at 08:29 PM
File a complaint with the BPU to revoke their license. http://www.state.nj.us/bpu/assistance/complaints/
Kathy Gledhill November 06, 2012 at 09:14 PM
The first thing that should have been done once the tree was cut away was for a new pole to have been put up, so that it is ready to accept incoming power and removes the potential danger. All of this begs the question of the age of the poles which came down in this storm. I have lived on Standish for about 18 years and I do not recall this pole being replaced. A study by the engineering department at Dartmouth University indicates that the life span of wood telephone poles is ~ 30 years which means that our pole is in the final stages of its life. Do our utilities really wait until a pole breaks before it is replaced? What sort of preventive action is the utility responsible for the pole taking to make sure these poles replaced on a regular basis? Furthermore, what is our government doing to consider putting utilily lines underground so that this type of disaster is mitigated in the future?
Kathy Gledhill November 06, 2012 at 09:16 PM
JoeyBagged - which utility is responsible for our pole? Is it JCP&L? Is it the phone company? None of this info has been provided so we do not even know who to report!
LSNative November 06, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Before I begin, I am without power. I have no heat or lights or telephone service. I do not have a generator, either. Last night, my bedroom was in mid 40s. Holy cow! But I have seen the widespread damage to the electrical infrastructure and I have spoken personally with JCP&L, PSE&G, and a number of out-of-state power company workers shipped in to help. As much as the situation stinks and as much as this is affecting my family's sanity, I do not blame JCP&L or any power company. I can assure you, they are working their butts off. So when you see them finally arrive, how about offering them some coffee instead of scorn? I can guarantee, their lives right now are more miserable than yours.
LSNative November 06, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Kathy, there is a severe shortage of poles for the obvious reasons. They have to triage. The pole which affects 500 will (and should) be replaced before the one which affects 50. Poles are periodically replaced and even a new pole can fail when a tree crashes on it, something they were not designed to withstand. They are made of wood and give way when cars crash into them as to mitigate crash injuries. Everything costs money. We all want a new bathroom but make due for a long time because we can not afford to replace everything, even when it needs it. That's life.
LSNative November 06, 2012 at 11:24 PM
For my fellow LS Residents who are still without power (like me), I suggest you think about those who (used to) live in Sea Bright, Monmouth Beach, Union Beach, etc. We have it EASY!
LSNative November 06, 2012 at 11:35 PM
I should have included the LS residents whose homes were destroyed. They would trade with us in a second.
LittleS November 06, 2012 at 11:51 PM
LS native: I obviously realize how good we have it compared to some. But does this mean I can't be disappointed about the slow progress with the wires and broken poles in town? I think this discussion was about our concern for the safety of our children. You are missing the point.
Fred M November 07, 2012 at 12:15 AM
You people need to bring the Blueprint to next Boro meeting and show the world how to get everyone elec fast regardless off the obstacles that Jcpl is dealing with..I have no expirence in this type of operation...I do know they are trying to restore electricity fast and be safe at the same time..JCPL did not cause the hurricane...
Fred M November 07, 2012 at 12:17 AM
The circuit would not be turned on until all repairs have been made..
Kathy Gledhill November 07, 2012 at 12:34 AM
I am not unsympathetic to those who have lost their homes so please do not insinuate this. I lived thru the storm of '92 in highlands, wading to my submerged home in waist high water. I chose to leave the waterfront so I did not have to worry about losing my home again. The issue for us here Is about the danger that the situation presents, the misrepresentation of my neighborhood's status and the fact that information is not forthcoming in a way that presents us with facts instead of derision for not being willing to accept this just because we are not the worst off.
Amy Byrnes (Editor) November 07, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Coincidentally, my daughter and I drove down Standish Road today to check out our old hood and were surprised to see all of the wires still there in the road. Scary.
Fred M November 07, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Go to the towns OEM for info or status on any problem..He may have answers...
Gavino November 07, 2012 at 01:00 PM
LSNative: You wrote: "They are made of wood and give way when cars crash into them as to mitigate crash injuries." That is NOT the motivation for wood poles, nor is your claim true. MODERN aluminum alloy poles snap much easier on contact and save more lives. You also wrote: "Everything costs money." And there you are correct - and wood poles cost the utilities far less. I (also lacking power since Oct 29) submit that the ultimate solution is to put the utility wires below ground. That costs money! So does unemployment benefits. So does Afghanistan. So did TARP and the bank bailouts. It's all a matter of political will. So, what do we want? Let there be light...

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