Montville Power Could Be Out 10 Days or Longer

Township's electrical substation was significantly damaged in storm.

Montville residents could wait the full 7 to 10 days predicted without power, or even longer, according to a message sent by the police department Wednesday.

"Due to the severe wide-spread damage caused by Hurricane Sandy throughout New Jersey, JCP&L has been attempting to complete their overall evaluation of their utility infrastructure. Montville Township's electrical substations have been significantly damaged," the Nixle alert said.

While JCP&L works to bring the substations back online, the township's electrical infrastructure was damaged, particularly transformers, power lines and utility poles.

"The damage to the region's electrical delivery infrastructure is severe and may be out for some time. Residents should be prepared for long-term power outages, potentially 7 to 10 days or longer," police said.

Township officials are aware of the planned temperature drop and have set up several comfort stations and two shelters. However, for those using generators, police asked residents to use caution and always place generators outdoors.

"Additionally, do not heat your home with your stove and make sure that fire detectors have batteries that have been recently changed," police said.

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Craig Chapman November 01, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Why are substations still so vulnerable?
Cynthia November 01, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Not one to complain here, but I agree with Craig's question. We had a horrible storm same time last year and a wretched response by JCP&L. They were fined and lambasted by BPU, should have secured their substations and beefed up their system over the year, and what have they done? Pitiful. As well, the township has done a great job clearing streets, are there ANY utility trucks anywhere (except where live wires need to be protected)?? Is anyone in town working on restoration of utilities?? Is there a time frame? If not, then, as per usual, the preparation by JCPL was poor. Trucks from other less or unaffected states should have been here, ready to start on Tuesday am. No one could judge how widespread the problem would be, but certainly they should have had more hands on deck. It would be great if Patch.com could interview one of our town leaders with updates on what is or isn't being done. Thank you! Hang tough Montville!!!
Keith Patrick November 01, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Totally agree with you! Our power (montville) went out on Sunday before the winds even got bad!!! Ridiculous! Now a days if it rains heavy and/or slight winds our power goes out. Asking our town leaders is waste of time, I think, because they are all full of s*** and will give you half a** political answer.
BooBooBear November 02, 2012 at 01:07 PM
REALLY? The Administrators should be fighting for us. Every town around us gets power. Why not us?


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