Dark Homes in A Sea of Light

Update: Streets still believed to be without power as of Saturday night.

The noon Saturday Bernards Township update for the township's recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy's landing in the area on Oct. 29 put the number of power outages in Bernards at 1,660, down from 2,500 on Friday and about 6,600 a few days earlier.

But for the roughly 12 percent of township households without power that may be cold comfort. And it may especially be the case for those for whom neighboring streets — or sometimes even neighbors on their street — have received power, while they haven't.

Laurie Albee, who lives at 96 Alder Lane in The Hills, said that about half of her street has power, while others remain without.

Albee, who not only has her own family, but also relatives from the shore staying with her, said that workers for JCP&L haven't been seen in the area since most of The Hills went back on last week.

All five households on her cul-de-sac remin without power, she said on Saturday afternoon. Up and down the street, she said some houses have power, located next to those without.

Albee said she believes that nearby Huntington Road and Smoke Rise Road also have homes without power.

She said she drove around on Friday, talking to some of JCP&L's subcontractors around town, and was told that all that was needed to return power to her home was basically getting a fuse on that line. But — as officials have noted — the workers cannot move on to another job without directions from the main headquarters.

"It's literally crazy," Albee said of her situation, and others nearby. She said she understands the power company's priorities but would hope that those in her situation are not "forgotten."

The township website on Saturday evening included a list of streets believed to restored.

Another resident told Patch that Shephard Way had remained without power through Friday because of a tree that had taken down a wire, even after neighboring streets such as Quincy Road and Harcourt Lane had been restored on Nov. 1.

Eventually, Shephard got power back sometime between 3 and 4 p.m. on Friday after a crew apparently came by to reconnect the primarily line, although the tree remains.

That left one home on Shephard without power, she said. "The pole with lines leading to their home needs to be fixed. Hopefully they'll be part of the weekend work," she observed.

A JCP&L announcement on Friday said that power will be restored throughout the state by Saturday night, except for those customers that would need work for the lines leading directly to their homes or business.

At Friday's meeting of Bernards Township officials, Township Committeeman John Malay said that he, too, had been hearing from residents in The Hills without power, and had advised them to again call JCP&L.

Albee said her neighbors had received varying explanations from JCP&L.

LC November 10, 2012 at 07:41 PM
This is just ridiculous! I finally got power in the Hills after nine days and this family, along with others, are on Day 12??? John Malay suggests calling JCP&L? I can assure you, it does no good. I called twice during my outage and they have no information for customers. I suggest our elected officials investigate this mess and hold the utility company's feet to the fire. The town should explore getting another service provider. Yes, it was the "storm of the century," but their total disregard for their customers is reprehensible. Great photo, by the way!
Karen Burkart November 10, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Thank you Laurie Albee! I am her neighborhood and have also dealt with the misery of dealing with JCP&L!!!! Aren't we paying JCP&L for a service??? Aren't we their customers???? They should be embarrassed.........
jae November 10, 2012 at 09:21 PM
We live at smoke rise road with no power. We keep calling JCPL since last week when the majority of the hills got the power back. They just gave different answer everyday(transformer blow out, tree fall down, blah blah). It is really frustrating.
Kelly Ju November 11, 2012 at 01:21 AM
I live in huntington rd. I call jcpl a few times a day and every day. They dont give you any useful information. Today they told me there are 98 houses under one circuit in our neighborhood. most of the house have power in the hills,they move to another area. we will be the longest surfer jcpl victims.
wei November 11, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Lord Sterling village still has no power as of Saturday evening. Please do not forget our senior citizens and young children this townhouse community. JCPL and town officials please help us!
Linda Sadlouskos (Editor) November 11, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Haas Road resident reports power back on this evening.
Dawn Knill November 11, 2012 at 11:58 AM
How can South Maple, a main road in town still be block and residents in that area still without power. For three or more days there has been NO activity there!
D Mc Grath November 11, 2012 at 03:31 PM
So can t anyone answer the question as when Lord Sterling will get power?????? 2 weeks, this is insane. I can not believe we do not have better info updates from JCPL. What will happen after this mess is cleaned up, we just go on and let the power company get away with this? DMcG
John Doe November 11, 2012 at 06:34 PM
My god! Dont you people know there are areas of the state where people literally have no homes to speak of? we live in a lucky area have some sympathy for those who are worse off than you, over a hundred thousand out of state workers traveled hundreds of miles to restore power, they didn't have to but they did. Show some thanks because this was the worst storm in our area atleast that i have seen in my lifetime, i know someone who lot their house. compare that to two weeks with no power? I would consider you lucky.
elgee November 11, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I'm betting that John Doe is sitting in a nice, warm house.
LC November 11, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Exactly, elgee. Just because those without power are complaining and advocating for themselves, does not mean they don't have compassion for those who have lost more than power. If he had bothered to read the article, he would know that Albee's family from the shore area was severely impacted and have nowhere to live. I had no power for nine days and I complained. At the same time, I cleaned out my pantry and shopped for warm children's clothes for donation to displaced shore victims. And I happen to know lots of other Basking Ridge women did the very same thing. So, John Doe can just ride out on the same high horse he rode in on.
Jolanta Pypno-Crapanzano November 11, 2012 at 07:38 PM
My thoughts exactly... Just like Laurie and her family, we are living in the unfortunate "dark house" on Alder Ln. , 13 days without power.... It is unfair trying to justify our situation by pointing out that someone else got more damage . Let's hope for the best... Today we supposed to get the power back ...
Dan Sullivan November 11, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Those without power are the squeaky wheel. As well they should be. I went almost 13 days without power. It's a mess. Nobody could be prepared for a storm of this devastation. I'm grateful Irene convinced me to get a generator. My thoughts and prayers go put to those less fortunate. I also pray for the families of these fine men who traveled so far from home to give us back our homes. Now I have to figure out how to pay for all the gasoline my generator drank. Good luck to those still without power. I hope you get it back soon and you can get on with your lives.
John Doe November 11, 2012 at 09:54 PM
All im trying to say is don't blame the power companies for this, they are working day and night for you guys and they deserve your respect.
LC November 11, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Um - that's not all you said. While many of the individual workers are indeed working hard, there are serious issues with communication from the field to the office, so that customers can get information. There are also serious problems with communication from management to workers - many workers have been observed waiting around for orders and instructions. While the storm was horrendous, the power company is absolutely to blame for their abysmal response and equally awful treatment of their paying customers.
D Mc Grath November 11, 2012 at 10:37 PM
John Doe, why is PSEG continually sending updates to their customers and they seemed to have been better prepared then JCPL. DMcg
Todd Edelstein November 12, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Crews have been there all weekend! Most of the utility poles between Lord Stirling Rd and Collyer Lane had to be replaced. If you walked up to either the DPW or on the other end, you would've seen that for yourself.
Todd Edelstein November 12, 2012 at 12:39 AM
"we just go on and let the power company get away with this?" Most of the utility poles between Lord Stirling Rd and Collyer Lane had to be replaced. If you walked up to either the DPW or on the other end, you would've seen that for yourself. The power company hasn't done anything wrong! It was a massive storm that effected most of NJ.
Todd Edelstein November 12, 2012 at 12:42 AM
I agree!!
Todd Edelstein November 12, 2012 at 12:55 AM
I didn't find any poor treatment or a lack of info from the crews that were working in the field. They informed me of where the main problem was(sub-station), the route of how the electricity flowed(down Cross St to Maple to Hilltop), the issues that they faced(broken utility poles on Cross St & a tree leaning on lines on Maple Ave). How did I find out? I saw a company truck w/two men, stopped them and asked nicely, if they knew anything. It was just that simple.
Shirley Titus November 12, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Any Idea if Keats Road (which is next to Haas) has power?
AnnieB346 November 12, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Where I live in PA, MetEd met EVERY DAY with our township emergency management officials. JCP&L has failed miserably in communication, organization, and execution. While it isn't possible to plan for every possible scenario, they should have a plan that can be adapted easily based on the magnitude of the outages. Workers from Duke Power who restored our electricity were aghast at the condition of the grid up here. That needs to change.
Linda Sadlouskos (Editor) November 13, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Laurie Albee reports that she got her power on at midnight on Sunday, short one day of two weeks following Hurricane Sandy.
Laurie Albee November 13, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I was there as the workers fixed the fuse box located on Allen Road across from Huntington on Sunday night at 11:30pm, I recieved a tip that JCPL was in our hood. I jumped out of bed and drove down in my pajama's to greet the young men. The 3 JCPL "underground" men as they reffered to themsleves, were very nice, asked me "when power went out" ? When I answered October 27th their jaws dropped down. They said this was the first time they got a call ticket regarding those left powerless in The Hills several days after some of our block was restored. Seriously?? Not sure who I didn't try to reach out to, President Obama maybe? This is unacceptable and an outrage. Other towns, such as Bridgewater & Wayne are already in the process of getting answers from JCPL as well as signing a petition, what is Basking Ridge doing?


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