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Power Restored for 600 in Downtown Basking Ridge

JCP&L estimated power outage, caused by broken pole, would be restored by 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Power was restored shortly before 11 a.m. for 601 JCP&L customers in downtown Basking Ridge and the surrounding area without power around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday,  Bernards Township police confirmed. The cause had been identified as a broken pole top in the downtown, according to a spokeman for the company.

JCP&L Spokesman Mike Obremski had said earlier crews were en route to the scene to fix the problem.

"The crews should be there shortly," he said.

Obremski said the issue was caused by continuing problems surrounding the after-effects of Superstorm Sandy.

"The system is a little weakened," he said. "We are bringing in additional folks to work on the problems."

Obremski said power was estimated to be restored at approximately 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, but the power came back before that estimated time.

Linda Sadlouskos and Audrey Levine contributed to this report.

Retired_Engineer November 21, 2012 at 05:47 PM
"The system is a little weakened..."??? But, this power outage thing will start all over again as soon as another storm hits this region. Why??? Look around you, these aged overhead power lines sit on exhausted looking wood poles, the “circuits” were built when horse buggies were only means of transportation. When we enjoying our iPod’s, iPhones and 55” LCD HD TVs in 21st century, should we care how our power supply infrastructure is so aged and poorly maintained?
Pamela A Mackey November 21, 2012 at 11:18 PM
I doubt we have to wait for the next storm. The norm in the Basking Ridge section is to be unpleasantly surprised by power outages, at random times, during the last 30 years. It is time for real mitigation from the private sector. Bury the lines, or whatever it takes, to protect us. Our economy, health, welfare, and basic quality of life, depend upon the electrical supply reaching us. Not to leave out the safety factor, both personal and national.

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