Few, but some, residents saw the restoration of power in Montville Thursday morning, as Township Administrator Victor Canning said a section of Montville Chase had lights flash back on.
But those residents are an exception as the majority of township residents and businesses remained in the dark. Mayor Tim Braden said it could be a while until power is fully restored, with the estimate from JCP&L remaining at between 7 and 10 days from when it first went out. Braden said he had heard other surrounding municipalities did have some power restored Wednesday.
"That's good news and we're waiting our turn, but we know [JCP&L is] working on our substation here in Montville and until they get our substation up, we just have to be patient," he said.
Braden said some parts of Montville never lost power after Tropical Storm Sandy ripped through New Jersey, taking down trees and power lines and devastating the Jersey shore. Those parts include the area south of 7-Eleven on Changebridge Road and a small section of Towaco. But Canning said it is encouraging that new power restoration was reported Thursday in the township.
"That is, at least, a little progress," he said. "It's at least going in the right direction."
Canning said most of the township's roads were reopened Thursday, with the exception of Pine Brook Road, near Douglas Drive in Towaco, and parts of River Road.
As far as gas, Braden said the Shell station on Changebridge Road received a gas shipment around 11 p.m. Wednesday and cars have been lined up since to fill up.