PSE&G Releases Latest Power Restoration Plan

Shows power in Maplewood being slowly restored over the rest of the week. Another "disappointment" says Mayor DeLuca.



Update, 11/6, 11 a.m.: PSE&G just released an updated power restoration plan. It shows that roughly 45% of Maplewood -- or 4,294 customers -- remains without power. The new plan estimates that approximately 1,000 customers will be restored each day on Tuesdsay, Wednesday and Thursday. The rest will be restored by Saturday; 51 customers will remain without power after that date, according to the plan. (It is attached to this article as a PDF).

PSE&G also has tweeted to some Maplewood customers that one issue with restoration is that some downed wires are located in backyards that are tricky to get to, and some of those are transmission lines that feed electricity to other residences and streets.

Clinton, Maplewood Middle School and Tuscan Schools are still without power. Jefferson School is now open.

Also on the horizon, the National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for the tri-state area. The forecasts predicts a Nor'easter to hit the state Wednesday into Thursday.

Update, 11/6, 9:12 a.m.: PSE&G announced it is issuing a revised workplan shortly. As soon as it is available, Patch will report on it here, as well as on our Facebook page and on Twitter. The company said this morning it had restored an additional 30,000 customers statewide overnight; it is unclear how many of those were in Maplewood.

According to Mayor DeLuca in an update on Maplewood Online Monday night:

Lights have come back on at the senior citizen building on Irvington Ave. They also were restored in the Village and on some of the streets west of the Village. Lights back on Brookwood, Meadowbrook, parts of Elmwood and Parker and Woodside. I do not think PSEG reached their 2,000 goal for today. Just another disappointment from our utility company.

I pitched Maplewood's story to the Star Ledger and spoke to Governor/Senator Codey. I plan on continuing to pressure PSEG until power is restored. Their plan released this morning talks of another 1,000 customers being restored on Tuesday. 

As of the beginning of the day, the initial 9,100 outages have been reduced by 3,400 to 5,700. Hundreds more were put on today and more tomorrow.

Don't get sidetracked by the responses from PSEG customer service. They know of every service outage. The Township has a map of all trees that were knocked down. That is how public works, police and fire personel make post storm plans. We have given this information to PSEG dispatchers and our county office of emergency management. 

We are still talking about some assistance with NYC commuters. Hopefully we will have an idea tomorrow. 

The shelter tonight has been moved to the Burgdorf Center on Durand Road. This was because of election day. 

You will be able to vote tomorrow at your normal polling place. 6am until 8pm. Voting at Clinton will be in the trailers in the rear. 

If you are emailing me using the Township email, that has not worked since Tuesday, October 30th. 

There is still no power at Tuscan, Clinton & MMS. We are working to get these sites back up along with Winchester Gardens. 

Update, 11/5, 5 p.m.

In a phone interview with Patch, Assemblyman John McKeon said that while PSE&G's latest statistics show that 95% of customers statewide will be restored by Tuesday, "all percentages are meaningless if you are the 5% still without power." McKeon said that according to PSE&G, "their crews are everywhere" but they have not been more specific about restoration times for Maplewood and South Orange.

"We are going to continue to press them and be a squeaky wheel," said McKeon. He said that later, after every customer had been restored to power, he would ask PSE&G to explain why the restoration efforts had taken so long.

Meanwhile, Maplewood Village lost power at around 2 p.m. on Monday, just before Maplewood's Halloween Parade. "We have been told it is temporary, as they are working to repair power lines," said Mayor Vic DeLuca.

Work crews from as far away as Florida and Texas have been seen throughout town.

Update, 11/4, 9:30 a.m.

PSE&G has released its latest work plan, which can be seen here. The revised plan is now a six-day plan, which estimates that of the 5,442 Maplewood customers (or roughly 57%) still without power:

  • 2,140 will be restored by end of day Monday, 11/5
  • 1,070 by Tuesday
  • 1,070 by Wednesday
  • 407 by Thursday
  • 265 by Friday
  • 172 by Saturday

That will leave 318 customers still not restored by Saturday.

Update, 11/4, 10:45 p.m.

This afternoon, after PSE&G revised its original estimates of power restoration to the township, Mayor DeLuca urged residents to personally email Ralph LaRossa, PSE&G's president, at Ralph.LaRossa@pseg.com.

Here is the email DeLuca sent to LaRossa:

Dear Mr. LaRossa, PSEG has mislead the people of Maplewood with the estimated time of restoration. We were initally told Sunday would be the day of restoration and now we are being told the restoration will be over the next two days and that is not even 100% restoration. The new schedule is not acceptable. Restore our power according to the orginal schedule. 


A revised workplan released by PSE&G early Sunday morning reported the following:

  • 2,186 customers expected to be restored by end of day Sunday, 11/4
  • 1,092 customers expected to be restored by end of day Monday, 11/5
  • 1,092 customers expected to be restored by end of day Tuesday, 11/6

Out of a total of 9,496 customers in Maplewood, 5,682 (or nearly 60%) remain without power. If the restoration plan is accurate, there will still be 1,412 customers without power on Wednesday.

PSE&G continues to give Friday, Nov. 9 as the LATEST date by which ALL customers will be restored.

A copy of the workplan is attached to this article as a PDF. It can also be accessed here.

There have been reports of power trickling back to certain streets and areas, including Springfield Avenue, Burnett Avenue, the area near DeHart Park, Jacoby Street (including Seth Boyden School), Irvington Avenue and the Hillcrest Area

In its most recent press release, as of 11 a.m. Sunday morning, PSE&G wrote:

At the request of the Governor, we have provided details on our work plan for the next three days.  It is available on our website (www.pseg.com/workplan). The number of customers expected to be restored is an estimate based on work currently assigned and will change based on emergent conditions and the need to reprioritize work. An updated plan will be posted late this afternoon.  

Julie Erickson November 06, 2012 at 01:33 AM
very struck by comment from person who would have come to get elderly family member if PSE&G had just been honest about how long it would take to restore power. Lying to customers is not good policy. Sure, we would have been angry. But at least we would have had realistic expectations. As a leader, I was trained to under-promise and over-deliver. PSE&G is over-promising and under-delivering - and lying about it to boot. This deceitful communication is what we need to present to the Governor who insists he will hold PSE&G et al accountable. What teeth does he have to do so, however?
Mike Stocker November 06, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Power just came on in Jefferson/Ridgewood area. Heather, if it hasn't come on for you, it's on the way soon, hang in there. Complaining to PSEG is like writing a letter to Santa, but if you can hear us, company, please understand that we need communication. We can't be relying on hearsay and radio programs to learn what you already know. Good luck all.
Carolyn Maynard-Parisi (Editor) November 06, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Mike Stocker: yay! Also heard Walton Rd. just came back up.
Carolyn Maynard-Parisi (Editor) November 06, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Erol: are you close to the DeHart Shelter in Maplewood? 125 Burnett Rd., they have heat, light, food etc. Please consider bringing your grandmother there, where she will at least be warm. Let me know what happens.
Seth Manjos November 06, 2012 at 02:36 AM
I call BULLSH¡T. What are these numbers based on? streets? then which ones? which residences? If they know the exact number that will be restored then they can certainly tell you EXACTLY WHERE. WE shouldn't have to guess. Do I need to drive to PA to buy a generator tomorrow? OK, so they say that 2,100+ residences were restored today at the EOD? I don't believe it for a minute. Tell us which ones so we can confirm that they are actually doing what they told us? Sorry- this is F'd up. They are NOT working around the clock, because I haven't seen a trace of them in Maplewood in 2 days. I did see their subcontractor driving around- but not ONE PSE&G van or utility truck. DONE.
Heather Landers November 06, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Thank you Mike S. and Julie E. for the words of support and encouragement. Julie I entirely agree with you -- I understand things are what they are but at least if they had been honest from the get-go people could have planned accordingly. But everyday you get this false glimmer of hope "...maybe today" and before you know it another week has gone by. Thanks everyone for the updates in their posts. I will check this throughout the day to see if there are any changes.
ez300 November 06, 2012 at 12:05 PM
instead of dropping off spoiled foods at PSEG front door PSEG should be compensating the customers for the food and drinks!!! Oh by the way PSEG, here comes another storm and in your rule book no crews will be working if wind gust is more than 25 MPH correct? Guess we will be on extended no power day right?
ez300 November 06, 2012 at 12:08 PM
FYI - I honestly don't think PSEG have an ounce of human compassion nor the honesty to tell the truth. Total shame on PSEG!
TerrI Ferguson November 06, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Still no power on Elmwood and Winchester Gardens still appears to be dark
Lauri Barger Baker November 06, 2012 at 02:18 PM
My entire neighborhood is still in the dark (Elmwood, Plymouth place, Essex, Oakland, etc...) including Winchester Gardens assisted and independent living for the elderly. This is beyond appalling and for the elderly inhumane. Frankly neither PSEG OR our local government have done enough!
Lauri Barger Baker November 06, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Yes. Still NO POWER!!!!! Inhumane.
Lisa November 06, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Lauri, Thanks for the Winchester Gardens update. I have my 96 year old aunt here in Philadelphia and she is anxious to go home! But I cannot take her home to no power or heat! Does anyone know of a way to find out when power is back on at Winchester Gardens? Thanks, and I am sorry for everyone's troubles.
Katie H. November 06, 2012 at 04:08 PM
there was reportedly an article on either 1010 or 880 indicating that some NJ town, Maplewood included, are particularly "challenged" with their power restoration because of the location of the power poles. Now I'm not clear on this, and perhaps someone can elucidate farther or confirm, but sounds sort of fishy?
Scott K. November 06, 2012 at 04:26 PM
New work plan from PSE&G just released. Looks like they missed Maplewood's target improvement by about 1,000 homes yesterday...
Carolyn Maynard-Parisi (Editor) November 06, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Scott K: I think some more trickled in overnight, but that sounds more or less correct. At end of day Sunday they were at ~5,400 out and now we're at 4,300.
Carol McCurdy November 06, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Is there anything to the rumor that Courter and the surrounding streets are out is because we are tied into a grid in Union that is a total mess and that PSE&G is waiting for parts. WAITING FOR PARTS??
Stephanie Wagle November 06, 2012 at 06:08 PM
My family and neighbors just lost power this morning on Prospect Street near the SO border, after having been on throughout the storm. A friend of mine on the South Orange/Maplewood border lost power yesterday, still not back on. I hope this is temporary but really??
Elaine November 06, 2012 at 06:13 PM
If this is the new plan so be it. Carolyn, is it at all possible to find out which neighborhoods will be last? Then, at least, forewarned is forearmed. We could plan accordingly.
Carolyn Maynard-Parisi (Editor) November 06, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Elaine, I will ask Mayor DeLuca if he knows the answer to that, when I see him in about an hour.
Alexandra Guerrieri November 06, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Lower Collinwood, Upper Collinwood, South Collinwood, Crestwood, Tower Drive all still in the dark.
Djohnson November 06, 2012 at 08:29 PM
I live next to senior citizen building off of irvington ave and im so happy they finally have power, there lights came on last night but my street coolidge was dark and cold all night. I hope the power will b restored soon :(
Irene Langlois November 06, 2012 at 09:13 PM
11/6 - upper Oakview Ave has power not sure about the rest Burnett Terrace has power
Glenn Stevens November 06, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Any news on Midland Blvd? Elmwood seems to be back up and some of the cross streets, but nothing on Midland yet...
Heather Landers November 06, 2012 at 09:53 PM
My mom has power on Lexington Avenue!
Lauri Barger Baker November 06, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Plymouth Place, Essex, and the rest of Highland just came on. Hope everyone else was as lucky.
Katie H. November 06, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Guys at oakview and ivy/summit - fingers crossed!!!
Lisa November 07, 2012 at 04:03 AM
I would appreciate any updated information about Winchester Gardens Wednesday morning. Thanks again.
ez300 November 07, 2012 at 10:28 AM
Carolyn Maynard-Parisi - any idea for Boyd and Elberta Road? Kinda worried about water line pipes in the house. If no power this week at all and temperature falling could the pipes burst? Should I shut off the mail water line to prevent this?
Katie H. November 07, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Any updates today? Crew worked here at oakview all day yesterday still no heat or power. Now there are guys fixing a water line that was busted during the work yesterday. No sign of the power guys tho. Hope is dwindling...
ez300 November 07, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Governor Christie should never have said to get all power restored NLT Nov 9. Why? PSEG are using this to spread their work out until the 9th. Wished the Governor had said Nov 2nd not 9th.


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