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As outages continue, one town wants to oust utility

Photo Credit: Justin Roth
Photo Credit: Justin Roth
Photo Credit: Justin Roth
Photo Credit: Justin Roth

POWER(LESS) UPDATE: A transformer blowout in Fairview added to widespread power outages across Bergen County this morning, while residents in Wayne have had enough, due to prolonged and supposedly temporary outages that continued this morning.

PHOTO courtesy Mark Ammo Amrozewicz.

Frustration is growing not just among residents and business owners who’ve been without power since Hurricane Sandy struck — among them, those in Wayne and Elmwood Park.

Power is out in Dumont AGAIN,” Tammi Townsley told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . “It came back this morning just before 6 a.m. and went out around 10 a.m.”

Outages caused by yesterday’s storm also continued in parts of Bergenfield, Carlstadt, Fair Lawn, Little Ferry, Lodi, South Hackensack and Upper Saddle River, according to data being supplied by our readers.

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It’s the same all over the state.

For instance, a group of Red Bank residents created a $20-a-box pool on when they might get power back. PHOTO ABOVE courtesy REDBANK green . com (#rbgSandy).

PSE&G earlier today said:

PHOTO: Courtesy of Hildi Alfonso

“Athena affected service to more than 90,000 customers since about noontime Wednesday. Because of the work we have done this week, we have restored about 50,000 of those customers as of this morning.”

The utility said 70,000 statewide remain from Hurricane Sandy, as well. More than 120,000 customers affected by Sandy were restored since yesterday morning, a statement issued by PSE&G said.

“Our best forecast as of now is that all of our impacted customers will be restored to service by November 9,” it said. “THE MAJORITY OF CUSTOMERS WILL BE RESTORED BEFORE THEN. There may still be isolated pockets of customers who have individual flooding or downed line issues that may take slightly longer.

“Many of our crews from the south have never worked in snow before but have proven more than capable of handling this new challenge.

Meanwhile, Wayne customers who’ve been without power nearly 10 days have lauched a petition drive to get JCP&L’s license removed from their town.

“JCP&L has shown time after time after time, due to the fact that they have a small footprint within the Township that they treat their Wayne customers like second class citizens and have consistently displayed a total disregard for the health, safety and well being of these Wayne customers,” the petition reads.

“Their lack of reaction to Hurricane Sandy, which as of November 7, 2012 has left more than 50% of these customers without power ten days after Hurricane Sandy moved through New Jersey (including three nursing homes, is yet a further example of its lack of timely response to the their Township of Wayne customers,” it adds.

“During this same time-frame PSE&G has been able to restore power to 90% of its customers state-wide. We hereby request that JCP&L be forced to sell to another utility that will be more responsive to the needs of their customers.”

To sign, go here: www.change.org

PHOTO BELOW:  Courtesy Justin Roth

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