PSE&G: Repair Crews to Focus on 14 Bergen Towns

Company says Teaneck is among towns where crews are focused this weekend.


Teaneck is one of more than a dozen Bergen County towns where Public Service Electric and Gas repair crews will be focusing efforts over the weekend, the company said Saturday morning. 

"Crews will be focusing on Teaneck, Englewood, Ridgewood, Fort Lee, Paramus, Bergenfield, Palisades Park, New Milford, River Edge, Glen Rock, Tenafly, Hackensack, Lodi and Bogota this weekend," the statement said. 

Power was restored to more areas of Teaneck, including on some business districts of Cedar Lane and Teaneck Road, on Friday. Still, large areas of the town remained without service days since Sandy struck. 

In a statement Saturday, Gov. Chris Christie announced utility companies had met his demand that they provide updated projected outage and restoration information to the public. 

Service was out to 8,019 of Teaneck's 15,892 PSE&G customers, according to data released by Christie's office Saturday afternoon. Power was expected to be restored by late Saturday, the data showed. 

As the estimated restoration time approached, large sections of the town remained in the dark while others saw service restored. PSE&G's outage map showed between 5,001 and 10,000 customers out late Saturday, down from the more than 10,000 reported for days after the storm. 

Many Teaneck residents have reported PSE&G's customer service website continued to say power will be back Nov. 9. A PSE&G spokesman could not provide additional details when reached earlier Saturday. 

Of 333,690 PSE&G customers in Bergen County, 215,770 lost electricity, according to the company. As of Saturday morning, the utility reported 142,100 remained without service in the county. 

"Also in the last 24 hours we energized all of our switching stations and restored 16 substations. While energizing switching and substations does not automatically turn the lights on, it is a major step forward and allows to focus on our distribution systems that are closer to the customer," the PSE&G statement said. 

PSE&G also announced it had established a mobile customer service center, offering charging stations, water and ice at the Paramus Park Mall. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

More than 2,000 outside workers were called to help PSE&G and another 600 were expected to arrive, according to PSE&G. 

Click to download a full list of local outage numbers and restoration times, provided by the Governor's Office. 


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Updated 11:50 p.m. Saturday

Calvin November 04, 2012 at 04:38 PM
This link may be for Saturday. I think a new one came out today. Just go to nj.gov and then click the Hurricane Sandy picture and then click PSEG near the left side of this next page and you will download the pdf file.
Calvin November 04, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I believe Day 1 is Nov 4, Day 2 is Nov 5, Day 3 is Nov 6.
Noah Cohen November 04, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Link to new data, as released by governor's office: http://patch.com/A-zpTb
Calvin November 04, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Hurricane Irene I lost power for 8 days. Didn't lose power during snow storm, but I'm on day 7 with no power for Hurricane Sandy. (East Cedar Lane, Teaneck) I'm getting used to this which is sad. I see posts from so many people on facebook that I work with that have power restored from little towns to big cities, yet Teaneck which was top 3 PSEG towns that were affected has about 50% without power.
Calvin November 04, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I think Teaneck should have an emergency relief initiative. Meaning we have supplies, gas, water, generators, blankets, on hand for emergencies. Let's not put this in the hands of a corporation. While I do receive updates from Ellie Katz, I have yet to see any statements by Hameduddin which is amazing. I know he just brought a child into this world, but we need his leadership in troubled times. I look at Corey Booker's tweets(I work in newark and he went to my h.s.) and he is replying to residents and if anyone is older and needs help he is asking them to call him and he will go there, talk to them, give them blankets, etc. We need more people like that. I read online you can charge your cellphones at the police station, but if you don't have internet how would people know. How about announcing it via fire truck on the streets or putting up signs. There so much that could be done. I don't blame the PSEG workers, but I do blame PSEG for false estimates and lack of preparation.
Calvin November 04, 2012 at 04:56 PM
@Kay where did you sign up for the ENS? I get emails from Ellie Katz which are great! He isn't the mayor anymore, yet is updating constantly for various things going on from events to serious issues like this. To be added to his personal email list for periodic updates, please email him at: Katz07666@gmail.com
Calvin November 04, 2012 at 04:57 PM
To add, I have verizon and usually I get this Emergency broadcast notifications during small storms, yet I didn't receive ONE emergency notice on my cell phone for Sandy.
Kay Achar November 04, 2012 at 05:05 PM
@Calvin. I signed up for notifications on the township web page, believing that was the way to hear official communication in emergencies. I do get the Katz emails and am connected to some council members on Facebook. But personal social media networks should not be the primary channels for public emergency communication. Too many are excluded from those channels.
Kay Achar November 04, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Click "Alerts" on the menu bar on the front page of the site.
Teaneck_Resident November 04, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Well put Calvin, I am cutting Hameduddin a bit of slack because he just had a new born but not even one text, email or call during this whole fiasco shows that he is not up to the job. He has been non-existent during this hole issue as were all the other council members other than Ellie Katz. I'm not patting myself on the back but at least I got out my chainsaw and axe and cut firewood for my neighbors and siphoned gas from my car for those that have generators. Booker made himself available, as far as Hameduddin I think he's done come next elections.
Teaneck_Resident November 04, 2012 at 05:25 PM
And yes, the Teaneck, emergency alert system is a joke. I got one call before Sandy and that is it. All calls were going to my home phone which accepted both inbound and outbound calls. What annoys me most is that how is the township alerting those residents that do not have Internet access or very basic cell service (if any cell phone at all)? My two elderly neighbors do not have Internet access and I was thier only "update service". Teaneck needs to get their act together and realize that not communications need to still occur in very basic forms. I work in IT and have designed many data centers and while they work very well I tell any person to never rely on their cell phone or Internet access for emergency info. Many of these communications systems fail during a disaster.
Michele Acquaviva Rookwood November 04, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Thank you so much for all your updates....
cnash November 04, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Any updates on what is being done to power Cranford, GraysonN Edgemont and Cherry Lane? No trucks, trees on Cranford removed but still no end in sight. Noah; any updates
Noah Cohen November 04, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Not for specific streets, but here's new PSEG estimates and town info http://www.pseg.com/pdf/PSE_G%20Workforce%20Schedule20121104%200600.pdf
Minniema November 04, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Anybody lives near Belle ave and Beatrice? Is the electricity back? Thank you so much
Thomas November 04, 2012 at 11:51 PM
if there are just 1,100 customer out in teaneck then they must ALL be in our neighborhood.
Freezing Teaneck Resident November 05, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Can anyone confirm or deny a rumor I heard (from someone who should be in the know) that PSEG turned away over 100 crews simply because they weren't union. Still without power, and no relief in sight....
Alise Renee November 05, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Night 7...still no power/heat/hot water or any communication from the leadership of this town. Will there be a refund on our property taxes? Cuz no one has earned a penny of my money that i work dam hard for!
Reluctant Driver November 05, 2012 at 01:47 AM
That story has been debunked elsewhere on this site. A lie, nothing more.
Guzzy November 05, 2012 at 02:12 AM
We recently bought a house in town and must say, after hearing about the power outages, changes must be made. We all need to be heard and stand up for a committee that's going to stand up for everyone and get answers.
Thomas November 05, 2012 at 02:32 PM
What is the specific problem that is preventing the HS area and Country Club from getting back on line. I have friends down the shore -- or were actually hit -- who have power back.
Peter Bograd November 05, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Why are there no work crews out near Cherry Lane today?
zizi November 05, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Teaneck SUCKS........ This town has no leadership. The town has a huge DPW but no one is doing anything. The trees still are on the streets..... The power is still out...... I think the town should return a part of our taxes...... since we are not getting any town services......
GaryL November 05, 2012 at 03:48 PM
If you check with PSE&G they will tell you that power has been restored to the country club area which, of course, is not accurate. They asked me to submit another work order, but what if their dispatchers also think power has been restored? How urgently will they dispatch someone? There are no work crews in our area and on Alpine Dr. a telephone pole is still blocking the street.
Guzzy November 05, 2012 at 04:32 PM
One must be proactive and continue to call . Don't assume they know or that your next door neighbor has called.
Kay Achar November 05, 2012 at 04:36 PM
@Gary a crew with poles is working on Barbara Drive. One of them said it would take a while since they need to repair/replace 3 or 4 of them. Hope they will keep working throughout the area. Meanwhile, be sure to email bergenoem@pseg.com about the downed line and outage. Copy the mayor so he can follow up
RU November 05, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Anybody working on Warren Parkway or Alpine?
GaryL November 05, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Thank you Kay. I appreciate the reply. Let's hope repairs on Barbara Drive extend all the way to Phelps Road!! Keep warm.
RU November 06, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Power has been restored on Midwood road as of 6PM on Monday 11/05
Alise Renee November 06, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Night 8...Come home from work & Still no power...called pseg and the best they can tell me is that they'll add my phone # to their update phone list for this area...really pseg? So then i check fb and by chance saw someone commented on the mayors page and that he is sending out updates once people email and let him know where is without power....really mr.mayor?? I have to let YOU know which portions of ur town is without power..REALLY!!!! M.hameed@teanecknj.gov.... let the mayor know his residents are suffering!


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