Sections of Teaneck Could See Power Restored Within Hours
Electricity restored to the Cedar Lane business district Friday afternoon.
Power was restored Friday afternoon to the Cedar Lane business district and more Teaneck residents could see the lights come back on within the next several hours, officials said.
Township Manager William Broughton said utility crews were working at the Palisade Avenue substation, and he was told service could be restored to some areas east of the railroad trucks served by the facility.
Broughton said Public Service Electric and Gas crews, along with out-of-state teams, were deployed in Teaneck.
"They informed Township officials that a significant portion of the Township east of the railroad tracks will have power restored once damaged circuits are repaired and the substation is fully operational," a statement issued using the town's e-mail alert system said. "PSE&G reported that the estimated time for this particular restoration was several hours."
Electricity was restored to Teaneck's Fairleigh Dickinson University campus and the West Englewood Avenue-area, west of the railroad tracks, he said. Some residents might experience outages while workers test circuits.
Utility crews were also working near Teaneck Road and Voorhees Street, and the Rensselaer Road-area, the manager said. Key township facilities, including the Richard Rodda Center and Municipal Building, were also without electricity.
Township public works crews have cleared about 95 trees, but at least another 100 remained, Broughton said.
Still, large areas of the town remained without service. According to PSE&G's outage map, more than 10,000 township customers were out Friday afternoon. The number has gone unchanged for days after Sandy hit. A spokesperson for PSE&G did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday morning.
Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday said thousands of outside repair crews were headed to New Jersey, and he would tell utility companies to issue revised restoration timelines to customers.
County Police Lt. Dwane Razetti, Bergen's emergency management director, said federal officials were expected to deliver blankets and other supplies to the county for distribution to municipalities. More than a hundred people remained sheltered Friday at the police academy in Mahwah.
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