Thousands in Wayne Still Without Power

Nearly 2,800 PSE&G customers still have no power. JCP&L customers estimates power will be restored by Wednesday.

Although progress has been made, thousands of people in Wayne are still without power.

PSE&G estimates that nearly 2,800 residents are still without power Sunday afternoon, about 28 percent of customers.

Parts of the Packanack Lake neighborhood were still without power. Residents reported that homes on the Farmingdale Road side of Black Oak Ridge Road were still without power.

The Lions Head Lake section of town was without power.

“There are two trees down on Colfax Road and Linden Road still has a tree lying across it,” said Lions Head resident Claire Furber. “They told us that the best estimate is that we’ll have it back by Thursday or Friday.”

About 85 percent of residents receive their power from PSE&G. Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) services the remaining 15 percent.

About 2,800 of PSE&G's 19,500 customers in Wayne don't have power, about 28 percent of customers. 

"We're planning on having power restored within the next three days but we don't have a definitive timetable set," said Deann Muzikar, a PSE&G spokesperson. "Everything is still in motion and in flux still." 

A statement on JPC&L ‘s website stated that its 1,200 Wayne customers can expect to have their power restored by Wednesday.

The latest numbers released by PSE&G Sunday morning, estimate that a few hundred people each day would have their power restored Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday:

  • Sunday, Nov. 4: 461
  • Monday, Nov. 5: 441
  • Tuesday, Nov. 6: 608

According to PSE&G's latest press release, the next restoration schedule update is due out late Sunday afternoon.

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Albert November 04, 2012 at 07:51 PM
This i ridiculous. And I don't believe a word PSEG says about restore dates. Day 7 and my street is littered with trees poles and power lines. Yet not one PSEG truck has been to our street.
Scondo November 04, 2012 at 08:24 PM
2800 is about 14 % of 19500, which would mean that about 86 % of Wayne customers are powered up . this less than 7 days after the most significant storm in 75 years, not too shabby. Albert , I saw crews on the East side of Packanack Lake all afternoon so they are out there and I hope you are powered up soon.
stewart resmer November 04, 2012 at 08:35 PM
The problem as I see it is far too many trees far too close to overhead lines that the township is culpable in not mitigating either by citing property owners for encroachment or by not addressing an attractive nusance by sending out city tree crews to minimize risk of falling trees to begin with. Not too shaby scondo unless of course you are without power or shelter as the temp threatens to go below freezing right?
Nose Wayne November 04, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Not bad at all with all the trees that were down.You should have bought a generator ? I'm WARM !!!!
stewart resmer November 04, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Why so I could go to the head of a line where others have been waiting patiently and run lights as my neighbots remain in the dark? No thx we have a fireplace firewood hot water gas @ the stove ice candles WGHT and each other we'll be fine don't need a genset really.
Nose Wayne November 04, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Scondo, think Stewart has been breathing the neighbors generator fumes again !!! In case you haven't noticed Stewart, the lines are smaller and they have two lines. One for cars and another for gas cans so SOME people can run a generator to keep their family and children WARM. A lot of people don't have the luxury of a fireplace.
the dude November 04, 2012 at 10:14 PM
What are you suggesting, that individual property owners, or the town, should have cut down all the ancient trees in Wayne? You are clueless, absolutely clueless.
Nose Wayne November 04, 2012 at 10:28 PM
DUDE, If we listened to Stewart and cut down EVERY tree in town, we would all have power and gas right now. Only problem with that is Stewart would not have any wood for his fireplace.
stewart resmer November 04, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Ah yes I see the village idiot survided Sandy
Nose Wayne November 04, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Yes Stewart, I have gas,electric and TREES !!!!
the dude November 04, 2012 at 10:37 PM
The California Concubine always struck me as a tree-hugger, but now he advocates eliminating our ancient trees to protect the grid. He's just a hater, he hates our town.
stewart resmer November 04, 2012 at 11:09 PM
I do think these trees growing through power lines everwhere one looks are an attractive nusance and that the township is negligent for allowing them to grow that way and maybe even liable for the monetary loses as a result of the power outages. I mean really cities large and small go to great lengths to see to it that treea are at the very least trimmed but not in Wayne it would appear? Let's just see how this matter evolves shall we? Bet the insurance companies who are asked to pay the damages will be right along too.
Nose Wayne November 04, 2012 at 11:09 PM
If you COMPLAIN so much about NJ,why don't you just MOVE back to California Stewart ?
the dude November 04, 2012 at 11:28 PM
You go ahead and get on board with the insurance companies...that shows your true colors. 800 year old - 80 foot long - 8 foot diameter trees - felled by 80 MPH winds, and Pitbull Stupe blames the town. Go away Hater.
stewart resmer November 04, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Why would you ever call it complaining? This is a participatory democracy after all? Except of course if you don't like any one else participating whose views differ from yours right! Get used to the new way of doing things what ever your name is, the old guard is rapidly faded, your historic ineptitude will no longer be tolertated here abouts. The future is not yours, it belongs to the new leaders now and boy have we had enough of you!
Pad November 04, 2012 at 11:52 PM
If you drive along Garside Avenue the powerlines have trees entangled in the wires, hanging over the wires and tree trunks right up to the telephone poles. The tree line should be cut back at least 10 feet from the power lines. Every storm there is wires down along Garside Avenue. If they cut the trees back there would be no problems. Im sure the same problem exist all over town. Just cut the overhanging branches away from the wires. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize this would help 90% of future problems.
the dude November 05, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Participatory democracy? You don't participate, besides your complaining. You are the thing that wouldn't leave. You don't vote here....do you?
Pmjp November 05, 2012 at 01:02 AM
I heard that NJ electrical unions turned away assistance from non union power companies in the south. Seems to me that it is more important to have power restored than worry about whether the person restoring the power is a union member or not
Nose Wayne November 05, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Pad, the problem is every year the town goes around and does sidewalk repairs. When they do these repairs, they cut the root system of the trees. Add 70-80 mph winds and don"t have to tell you what is going to happen to those trees. The utility companies did a good job of trimming away from the wires. The just have to stop CUTTING all the roots away.
Harriet November 05, 2012 at 03:28 AM
We have had enough of you too. Jackass.
stewart resmer November 05, 2012 at 07:17 AM
Whereas the township and the power compnay have all failed to mitigate the problem with homeowners trees encroaching upon the shared resource resulting in wholesale power outages then nothing should be done about it? Is that rigjt? Really?!
Wayne Resident November 05, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Scondo, I assume you have power. Please close your pie hole.
Steve November 05, 2012 at 03:25 PM
I am reading all your comments and feel Wayne as always lacks in addressing community problems. This is nothing new power is always going down. Maybe one of the highest taxed towns should start thinking about underground utilities. I would get a generator but don't feel like standing on line to get gas. I will be investing in a natural gas standby generator. Tired of living like a cave man
Judy G. November 05, 2012 at 03:54 PM
We have JCP&L and everyday they change their estimate. My father-in-law has diabetes and gets dyalisis. He is bed and wheelchair bound. He is freezing at night. Our stove and even fireplace require electricity to function. We do not know what to do. A Nor'Easter is coming in the next two days and if JCP&L does not get to us in Wayne yet, we will be without power even after that. I really doubt they'll work in the high wind snow blows.
Frank Gallagher November 05, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Buried power lines in NJ? Fuggedaboutit http://www.northjersey.com/news/state/177204411_Buried_power_lines_in_NJ__Fuggedaboutit.html
Ben November 05, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I live on Medford. And out. Atleast I have family to stay with. But every storm jcpl takes forever. I just spoke with their customer service and they are told nothing. They say the majority should have power back by Wednesday but I don't think 23% is a majority. Major use our tax dollars to get it fixed soon.
Jerry November 06, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Does anyone know if Osborne Terrace is open yet? Does Osborne & Lake Trail East have electric yet?
Maria Kris November 06, 2012 at 01:46 PM
The power lines on Terhune rd as well as a transformer have been down since 10/29 ...no trucks no caution tape no pwrr from jcp&l TODAY THERE IS ATAPE AND POLICE CARS DUE TO THE dangerous situation ..... We pay high taxes and get forgotten.... Shameful
Robert Pignatello November 08, 2012 at 03:12 AM
We are being held hostage by a greedy absentee energy provider. Victimized yet again. And our elected officials have stood by while it is happening. How could you?
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