'Circuit Repairs' Made During School Hours Left B.F., Travell Area Dark
Repairs to re-energize the grid were expected to last up to an hour. Hours later, many are still without power.
Update at 10:31 p.m. Police and residents confirmed power just came on for those living around Northern Parkway/Glen Avenue. Looks like both B.F. and Travell are up and running.
Update at 5:18 p.m: The Borough of Glen Rock says recent outages in the borough could be a result of a substation in Hawthorne going down. In addition, residents are telling Patch that sections of Willard are back and running. Some portions of Glen Rock are also back up.
Numerous sections of Ridgewood that had seen power restored are back in the dark following "scheduled repairs" to circuits that were expected to last only an hour. Many hours later, it remains unclear when power will return.
"The power to the circuit was cut by PSEG in order to re-energize additional customers on the grid," Ridgewood OEM Coordinator Jeremy Kleiman told Patch Wednesday afternoon. "The schools were aware of it."
Ridgewood Superintendent Daniel Fishbein wrote an e-mail to parents around Travell and BF at 1:45 p.m.
"I just want to inform you that PSE&G has informed us that they took down power in the Travell and BFMS areas to make repairs that will bring back power to others," Fishbein told parents. "They anticipate the power being out for up to an hour."
The power went out at around 1:30 p.m., according to Fishbein. Police were stationed in the buildings, fire watches were conducted and parents were informed of the situation, Fishbein said. He did not know when the power would be restored.
Other areas also saw the lights go out.
A Ridge-area resident said power went off at about 3:15 p.m. PSE&G told the resident it was to "re-enegergize" the grid.
A PSE&G spokeswoman said she was not aware of any transformer fires being responsible for outages and confirmed planned circuit repairs were the cause of outages.
She could not provide a timeline for restoration, instructing Patch to "call back tomorrow."
It's not the first time power unexpectedly went down to key institutions. Days ago, PSE&G cut the power to Mount Carmel Church, which has been designated as Ridgewood's only overnight shelter.
The planned power outage was expected to last an hour but lasted eight hours, forcing the church to close temporarily.