As of Saturday, Nov. 3 about 95 to 98 percent of Cedar Grove was back online, said Mayor Peter Tanella.
“There is a pocket at the South End of town still without power,” he said. “The problem is on Linden Avenu in Verona and we have notified PSE&G. We are urging them to get those areas back online which would restore power to South End School.”
Additional areas without power include Ridge Court, Rugby Road and Sherman Avenue. These areas will be turned on one a power feed is repaired behind Cedar Grove Public Library, said Tanella.
Mayor Tanella, who lives on Ridge Court, is among the 200 to 300 Cedar Grove residents still without power. He is urging residents to “be patient.”
“I personally believe we have done an outstanding job restoring power so quickly,” he said.
Anyone still struggling without power is welcome to visit the Cedar Grove Ambulance and Rescue Squad, which is serving as a warming station until power comes back online. Residents can bring their toiletries, take a hot shower, charge their devices and enjoy the warmth, said Tanella.
To make arrangements to use the facility call the Cedar Grove Police non-emergency number at (973) 239-4100.
Cedar Grove Department of Public Works is resuming clean up and will be collecting leaves and branches. Residents can cut branches to four feet in length and leave them on the curb for pickup.
“We are doing our best as a township to return to normal,” said Tanella.
Tanella has been visiting residents still without power to speak with residents and provide a power update in person. Feel free to call or text Tanella directly with any questions or comments at (973) 592-1461.
“I have been doing my best to respond to everyone with questions,” said Tanella. “Getting power restored it top priority but communication is equally as important.”
Verona is still about 55 to 60 percent without power.
“PSE&G continues to work to restore power to our community,” police said in a written statement. “Please remember that, although we are in constant contact with the utility companies, they do not give us an estimated time for restoration of service.”
For power updates police are urging residents to call PSE&G directly, instead of the police desk, at 800-436-7734.
“Your continued cooperation and understanding is greatly appreciated,” police said. “All Township departments and employees are doing everything in their power to assist our residents in getting through this event.”
The Verona Department of Public Works (DPW) is resuming leaf cleanup and is telling residents to place full leaf bags at the curb for pickup. The DPW will be selling leaf bags on Saturday until 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. at 10 Commerce Court.
While waiting for gas police are reminding residents to “be mindful of driveway entrances that you may be blocking.”
“Pay special attention to police station, firehouse, ambulance, and other emergency vehicle entrance and exit locations,” police said.