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More Than 6K Still Powerless, No School Tuesday

Facilities available for people to warm up, recharge.

More than 6,000 residents remained without power Monday night, according to an update on the Bernards Township website.

At about 9 p.m. Monday, outages in town were recorded at 6,730.

 

However, power had been restored to Spring Ridge and the Cedars at that time, and Lake Road again was open. Tree crews had been dispatched to Whitenack Road and King George Road by JCP&L, the 9 p.m. update said.

The website listed roads where the power company is said to be working on power, but other roads also may receive power, according to the 3 p.m. update. Bernards Township phones reportedly were down on Monday, and residents are asked to communicate via email if possible.

With continued power outages, parents were notified on Monday afternoon that school also will be closed on Tuesday. Further notification will be given on Tuesday.

A JCP&L spokesman, Ron Morano, said shortly before 3 p.m. on Monday that estimates released by JCP&L are in fact, estimates, and may vary from the numbers that are actual. He also said that sometimes the numbers may go up temporarily when certain customers whose power already was restored may be brought offline again temporarily while work is being done in that area.

Morano said that JCP&L has more than 8,000 working on power restoration, but the power company continues to deal with "big problems" in infrastructure.

The Bernards Township Library said on its website that the library will open today as a warming and recharging area, and will remain open through 9 p.m. before resuming regular hours on Tuesday. Library Director Ruth Lufkin said earlier this afternoon that wifi is working at the library.

About 400 people visited the first five hours that the library was open on Monday, Lufkin said.

The Somerset Hills YMCA in Riverwalk was scheduled to open to both members and non-members at 5:15 a.m. on Monday, providing showers, warmth and facilities. The Riverwalk Mall and nearby 100 Marketplace Mall both were functioning with power and providing food and services.

The Fellowship Deaconry at 3575 Valley Road in the Liberty Corner section also is among those offering temporary housing, warm meals, and kids activities. More information is available on the website, http://www.deaconry.org/hurricanehelp.

The township's update said: "Bernards Township has removed every tree possible. The remaining downed trees have wires and need to be removed by JCP&L. JCP&L is around town and in the process of removing them," the township's 9 a.m. update said. The update said township officials are trying to "working feverishly" to try to get more detailed information from the power company.

Halloween scheduling will follow governor's orders, but caution stressed.

The update noted that the Governor has already set an executive order setting Monday as the day for Halloween. But officials cautioned, "Please use EXTREME caution and common sense. There are wires, trees, branches and debris down everywhere. If you are taking your children out trick or treating, do it only during the day and not after the sun sets."

The library's director, Ruth Lufkin, said on the website that power is back on at the library, and the staff intends to openat 1 p.m. on Monday.
 
Travel in the area of the library at 32 S. Maple Ave. was still complicated by blockages on South Maple Avenue and South Finley Avenue. The downed wires at North Maple and East Oak have been cleared and the library is accessible via North Maple Avenue, Lufkin said.
 
Leisure Learning programs and the Current Issues Discussion Group meeting for Monday, November 5 are canceed.  Information about rescheduling of programs, where possible and appropriate, will be available at a later date, Lufkin said. Library fines will be adjusted, she said.
 
"Whether you need a place to be warm, to charge your devices, get information about disaster relief, or talk with someone about the experiences of this extraordinary week — or borrow a book, DVD, magazine or music CD — your library staff members look forward to welcoming you soon at Bernards Township Library," Lufkin said in a message.

The Basking Ridge Patch will continue to update this story.

S in Spring Ridge November 05, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Is power back on in all of Spring Ridge? I have been in PA staying with a relative and don't want to drive the 2 hours back if it's still out. Plus I could offer my place up to another relative who doesn't have power for this cold night.
Shubhangi November 05, 2012 at 11:51 PM
I called JCP&L. Power for Spring Ridge area will be restored by Wednesday.
Linda Sadlouskos (Editor) November 06, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Reports that Spring Ridge & Cedars have power. What are you hearing?
Stefan November 06, 2012 at 12:52 AM
In Spring Ridge, power is back on for Smithfield Court, can't vouch for the rest of the development yet, but I'll likely take a walk later and repost.
Stefan November 06, 2012 at 12:53 AM
In Spring Ridge, power is back on for Smithfield Court, can't vouch for the rest of the development yet since I haven't seen it...but I'll likely take a walk later and repost.
Tami November 06, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Yes spring ridge has power!!
Linda Sadlouskos (Editor) November 06, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Thanks, Stefan. Crank up the heat and take a deep breath!!
Commonwealth Drive November 06, 2012 at 12:57 AM
I called my house line in SR and the call went through. That's a good sign
DeeCee November 06, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Spring Ridge has power!!
SpringRidgeRes November 06, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Took a drive through Spring Ridge, all the streets lights and such are on, plenty lit windows, so I'd say power is back for all in Spring Ridge. Though King George Road is still blocked off at the entrance to Spring Ridge.
greenman November 06, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Wheres the Township committee hiding these days? In their warm and cosy homes! Man are they useless, lets all make sure we vote the same people back in! They don't fight for the people of this township, they are more concerned for their future political careers then us! I haven't seen any of them waiting on gas lines, guess they have the privilege of filling up at the engineering complex, Very sad.
Stefan November 06, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Great news for everyone in Spring Ridge! Do I still need to take a walk now?
Janiene Losco November 06, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Still without power on Meadowview Road.
S in Spring Ridge November 06, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Thanks to Spring Ridge residents for your updates that there is power! Now I'm looking forward to returning home instead of dreading it.
Jamestown Road November 06, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Maybe they'll open the road to 78 in the morning when they have daylight and can inspect it.
Another Spring Ridge Resident November 06, 2012 at 04:17 AM
@Stefan @Jamestown Road I'm on Commonwealth and will be returning home from exile tomorrow night. Let me know if you want to grab some celebratory drinks before the nor'easter comes! Same goes to all our neighbors in Spring Ridge and surrounding communities. Best of luck to those still without power or worse.
BRER November 06, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Hello all those who have been caught in this incredible saga. Is the South Finley road to Ridge High cleared yet? Regards.
Ridger November 06, 2012 at 12:21 PM
S.Finley is not cleared with multiple poles down from St James down to East Lewis. Heard from someone who spoke to a power company worker from Ohio who said that stretch alone is a three day job. So my guess is the weekend for it to open if we are lucky. When HS opens traffic will be a nightmare if Finley is still closed.
BRER November 06, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Thank you for the helpful info!
BRER November 06, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Here is something possibly off topic but I just want to air it out: After a storm like Sandy or other prior winter storms, we often see a mixture of damage from either fallen tree or tree branches onto the power lines or pole damages. There is nothing we can do about the poles but it amazes me how many more trees are waiting to fall! There are just way too many trees too close to the power lines in Bernards, even after Sandy, which means one thing: increasing chance that more power outages if winter storms are severe. There should be some type of legislation--I hate govt interference but things are different when one tree can knock off power to the whole town-- to ensure that all power lines going through private properties are cleared of any possible falling tree branches. It is simply public hazard. Otherwise, we help to create the problems that will invariably overwhelm the repair crews. No trees near the power line means much less pending repair.
LEY November 06, 2012 at 12:49 PM
What about Countryside Manor?! Any news whatsoever? We dont even have lines down in the near vicinity. Streets with far more damage have already been restored
Keith Richardson November 06, 2012 at 02:31 PM
"Morano said that the power company continues to deal with "big problems" in infrastructure." - If they bothered to upgrade the infrastructure after last year's 2 storms we wouldn't have so many problems.
HillsResident November 06, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Any word on Hamilton Woods in the hills?
R V November 06, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Same question here. Any word as to when power will be restored to Hamilton Woods? It's now Day 8 for us.
TomL November 06, 2012 at 03:01 PM
The color-coded power outtage map on the JCPL website has one area (1, as in ONE SINGLE AREA) in all of northern and western NJ that is colored RED for more than 5k households being out of power. Its all of us in Bernards Township!!!! We're number one!!!! Woo Hoo!
HamiltonCrest November 06, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Any word on when Hamilton Crest - Mayflower/Dorchester drive will get power? I see all the other roads being mentioned, except ours.
Pat November 06, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Would appreciate any updates for Countryside Manor.
Nan C. November 06, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Anyone know if Riverside Drive in Basking Ridge has power? Thanks!
Miles November 06, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Power is now on in the Gerard Ave, Debra Ln, Marilyn St, Jeffrey Ct neighborhood.
elgee November 06, 2012 at 11:56 PM
A neighbor just said that a JCP&L truck was on Hickory Drive and told her that they won't be working on the Lyons substation until Friday. That's the substation that powers The Summit development--Hickory, Joanna, Linden, Summit, Hillcrest, Cayuga, and Lenape.

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