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Power Update, Schools Remain Closed in Little Silver

Most residents will come out of the dark by Wednesday, says the borough's mayor.

An update from Little Silver Mayor Robert C. Neff, Jr.:

POWER

JCP&L continues to slowly bring power back to Little Silver. However, the electric company advises that it may be Wednesday before the majority of residents will have power.

As of Monday evening, about 834 customers in the borough were still without power, according to JCP&L, down from the original 2,477. The electric company predicts that it will bring 167 more customers on line on Tuesday, Nov. 6, but advises that it is currently running ahead of predictions.

JCP&L advises that it was delayed in returning Little Silver to power because all three of its substations, and all five of the circuits running from those substations, were damaged. It has now moved through those repairs and is working on the individual lines and transformers in town. 

Please turn off all circuit breakers prior to power being restored. When power is restored, turn breakers on one by one.

SCHOOLS UPDATE

Point Road School and Markham Place School will remain closed for the rest of the week, and anticipate reopening on Monday, Nov. 12.

The Borough OEM, the School District, the Mayor's officeand others are working closely together to reopen school as quickly, and as safely, as possible. We regret any inconvenience or disruption caused by the reconsideration of our inital plan to reopen Markham Place School on Tuesday, which had been reached after considerable, joint deliberations among the Mayor's office, the school district, and the OEM. Unfortunately, the fluid nature of this emergency, considerations involving the safety of children walking to school, the fact that JCP&L wires remain down, and potential traffic safety issues caused the reconsideration, and a collaborative decision was made to remain closed. We will continue to communicate by way of the Two River Alert system, letters posted by the School District on www.littlesilverschools.org, and this website, as further developments occur.

DEBRIS REMOVAL

The Borough is moving as quickly as it can to pick up limbs, brush, and other vegetative debris. Household trash pickup is proceeding on schedule. Recycling pickup is presently suspended, but the recycling station at the DPW facility on Fairview Avenue is manned for those who wish to drop off recycleables.

Please do not put out extremely heavy bags or containers. Many small containers or bags work better and are more easily picked up by our hauler. With respect to large flood-related debris, including furniture, pilings, and other bulk items, the Borough is exploring the feasibility of contracting with a hauler to remove large bulk items that cannot be removed by homeowners or the borough, particularly in flooded areas. The Borough does not normally remove this material, and does not itself have the personnel or capacity to collect it. We will update this process as it moves forward, but in the meantime, please take advantage of any insurance coverage that may provide you with the ability to have this heavy debris removed.  

Fred M November 07, 2012 at 12:17 AM
The circuit would not be turned on until all repairs have been made..
Kathy Gledhill November 07, 2012 at 12:34 AM
I am not unsympathetic to those who have lost their homes so please do not insinuate this. I lived thru the storm of '92 in highlands, wading to my submerged home in waist high water. I chose to leave the waterfront so I did not have to worry about losing my home again. The issue for us here Is about the danger that the situation presents, the misrepresentation of my neighborhood's status and the fact that information is not forthcoming in a way that presents us with facts instead of derision for not being willing to accept this just because we are not the worst off.
Amy Byrnes November 07, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Coincidentally, my daughter and I drove down Standish Road today to check out our old hood and were surprised to see all of the wires still there in the road. Scary.
Fred M November 07, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Go to the towns OEM for info or status on any problem..He may have answers...
Gavino November 07, 2012 at 01:00 PM
LSNative: You wrote: "They are made of wood and give way when cars crash into them as to mitigate crash injuries." That is NOT the motivation for wood poles, nor is your claim true. MODERN aluminum alloy poles snap much easier on contact and save more lives. You also wrote: "Everything costs money." And there you are correct - and wood poles cost the utilities far less. I (also lacking power since Oct 29) submit that the ultimate solution is to put the utility wires below ground. That costs money! So does unemployment benefits. So does Afghanistan. So did TARP and the bank bailouts. It's all a matter of political will. So, what do we want? Let there be light...

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