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Verona, Cedar Grove Making Progress to Restore Power

Cedar Grove is about 95 percent back online. Verona is still 55 percent without power.

Cedar Grove

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

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.

jrbicksler November 03, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Any ETA on when power will be restored in south end?
Katy McClure November 03, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Since losing power in our Floyd Road home on Monday evening, I have remained confident that PSE&G and our elected Verona officials would work together to timely return power to more than half of Verona households that are dark, cold and powerles...until today. It is abundantly clear from touring our larger neighborhood that my family, which includes a 10-month old baby, are far from alone. Block upon block of homes are without power. Today, 5 full days after losing power, it is reported that more than HALF of Verona remains without power. Meanwhile, famliy members and friends in communities like Roseland, Cedar Grove, Montclair who have been sheltering us have all had their power turned back on. While we have benefited from the warmth and electricity of their homes, we have read about how elected officials in those towns have pressed PSE&G to restore power in those communities and it has happened. My Verona NJ is reporting on the status of the restoration (http://www.myveronanj.com/2012/11/03/pseg-storm-update/) and it is clear that Verona is not a focus for PSE&G in Essex County nor does it appear that Verona officials are demanding service! Floyd Road is a street with many small children and babies as well as senior citizens who have medical needs that require electricity. It is past time for Verona elected officials to demand the same level of service that communities like Montclair and Cedar Grove have already RECEIVED! Katy McClure
Tom Walker November 03, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Seems like Cedar Grove is outpacing Verona for recovery 2 to 1. I'm in Wedgewood... in the half that DOESN'T have any power. Obviously, everyone has to be understanding of the magnitude of the problem. That said, I've only really started seeing PSEG trucks in our neighborhood today, and very few of them. JCPL is outpacing their performance in its districts, which is not the norm.
Melissa Bryan November 03, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Thx to the mayor of CG for helping our town get its power back. Thx, too, to him and the patch for always getting the word out about PSE&G updates. Looking forward to getting back to a warm home!
Tom Walker November 04, 2012 at 01:26 AM
If PSEG is working '24/7' to restore power to Verona, then why is it there are no trucks anywhere after dark in town? Why are no more houses on Floyd, Linden, Cumberland, Wedgewood, etc. etc. coming back on line? JCPL is getting most of Millburn/Short Hills up 1000 customers at a time. What is the deal, folks? It's cold, getting colder, and elderly are going to start to have problems really soon, if they haven't already. Noreaster coming Wednesday. Time for our Mayor to place another call to PSEG.
Michele N November 04, 2012 at 10:30 AM
A large part of Reservoir Ridge and adjacent streets stiil out as well. We are on a Montclair grid, and as of Sat. mayor dors not have information as when power will be returned.

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