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Power Returns After Two Hours in Cedar Grove

Electricity went out in Cedar Grove Wednesday night just as Winter Storm Athena began blanketing the town in snow.

Power has been restored to most of Cedar Grove after a power outage on Wednesday night.

Although the power went out as Winter Storm Athena swept across New Jersey, Cedar Grove police are not sure whether the storm was the cause of the outage.

“The cause may have been a PSE&G infrastructure issue,” said Cedar Grove Police Chief Richard Vanderstreet.

Everything South of Stevens Avenue in the township went down, he said.

Power went out around 3 p.m. on Wednesday. PSE&G crews responded and had power back on around 5 p.m., said Vanderstreet.

“There are still a few pockets in town that do not have power,” he said.

PSE&G has developed a six-day work plan to get the remaining residents back on the grid. However, residents who have damage to their individual power lines connected to their home fall outside of that six-day work plan, said Cedar Grove Mayor Peter Tanella.

76 residents are still affected by power outages from Hurricane Sandy. Cedar Grove Police are aware of these residents and have been doing patrols to check on those residents, said Vanderstreet.

Cedar Grove has arranged a warming station at the town's Ambulance and Rescue Squad for anyone without power. Residents can bring their toiletries, take a hot shower, charge their devices and enjoy the warmth.

To make arrangements to use the facility call the Cedar Grove Police non-emergency number at (973) 239-4100.

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