UPDATE: Power Restoration Target Moved Back to This Weekend

Though progress has been made, the expected date power will be on has been pushed back a week from earlier projections.

Update at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday:

As of 6 a.m. Tuesday, about 20 percent were without power in Ridgewood. It's a much better picture than has been seen lately – on Monday, 66 percent of the town was electricity-free.

Roughly 1,300 of the 2,000 still in the dark should see restoration by the end of Wednesday, PSE&G expects. Full restoration is still expected by Saturday.

All but RHS and Willard schools were still without power as of Tuesday morning.

Despite a 30 percent drop since Monday, 63.8 percent of Glen Rock is still without power, PSE&G claims. Roughly 1,400 are expected to see electricity return on Tuesday in the borough, and another 950 on Wednesday. Only a sprinkling will not have power return by Saturday, according to the work schedule.

Of course, who knows with the storm expected to hit soon.

Check it out for yourself here


Update 2:23 a.m. Tuesday:

The latest projections show about 500 PSE&G customers in Ridgewood and Glen Rock will be without power until Saturday or later, as restoration timetables continue to be pushed back. 

"PSE&G's lack of progress is unconscionable," a dismayed Jeremy Kleiman told Patch Monday night. Kleiman, the Ridgewood OEM coordinator, local officials and residents have expressed anger over the lack of consistency in when power would fully return in the village of more than 25,000.

The utility late last week said it believed there was a solid chance Ridgewood would be fully up by 11:59 p.m. Saturday, and Glen Rock by the end of Monday. Those dates came and went and now another storm on the horizon could upend continuing progress from the state's largest utility. 

On Monday morning, about 60 percent of Ridgewood was without power.

The utility expected more than 2,000 to be restored on Monday. (The last work schedule update as of 1:30 a.m. Tuesday was from Monday at 6 a.m.)

A specific number was not available, but areas on the village's East Side did see power today. The area around B.F. and Travell went on late Monday night, residents told Patch.

But almost no progress was reported in the rest of the village, Kleiman told Patch Monday night.

According to PSE&G's work schedule, about 1,500 are expected to be back in the power fold on election day, with roughly 1,200 joining on Wednesday.

Between Thursday and Saturday, a combined 900 customers are expected to see the lights turn on. That leaves nearly 350 households with no target for the power to come back in Ridgewood.

Much of the work is likely to depend on an emerging weather front that could take an ugly turn on Wednesday.

A hazardous weather outlook has been issued for the region. If it strikes, it could seriously hamper restoration efforts.

"A significant coastal storm will likely impact the tri-state region Wednesday and Thursday," the National Weather Service said Monday. "Confidence continues to increase that strong, gusty winds ... rain/wintry precipitation ... coastal flooding and additional beach erosion will result from this system."

The village will be tracking the storm system and making its usualy preparations.

"We have particular concern about the trees that were made vulnerable by Sandy," Kleiman said. "Residents should prepare for the possibility of additional outages and a delay in further restoration."

Much of Glen Rock remains in the dark. A few streets – Jerome, Malvern, the north side of Rock Road, Allen, Hillman went up within the last 24 hours.

Still, the situation remains bleak with 91 percent in the dark, the highest percentage in Bergen County.

Few line repair crews were spotted in the borough on Monday, residents told Patch. Much of the grid had been de-activated to make larger repairs.

PSE&G, on its work schedule, projected about 1,200 of the 4,500 Glen Rock customers in the dark would see restoration on Monday. Another 1,350 on Tuesday; 1,100 on Wednesday; 200 on Thursday; 131 on Friday; and 85 on Saturday were projected to be up and running.

That would leave an estimated 157 customers without power and no clear timetable for restoration.

JoeJoeJoeThe Plumber November 06, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Agreed Mike... instead of taking $96 billion for the Obama Solar power campaign contributors, maybe invest that in our own infrastructure.
Bill Connor November 06, 2012 at 03:42 PM
We Need Longer term to deal with this Fantasy that our story book older Curb trees are a secure asset to the Village./Look at those torn up downed Root balls and Even a novice can see that there is not enough Room for safe footing of most of the older Trees/How many more storms will it take- ive lost count to Cull some of these dangerous Trees at our Curbs.Outsource the task or line up our lawyers- either way the Town and or our Taxes will or won't reflect proper forward management of the Curb trees. The small village stores and shops/the employees and the emergency workers have Been very helpful throughout the last week.Thank You and Well Done.
jeresosassy November 06, 2012 at 03:54 PM
SB I'm right there with you!!! Midland park Cyphers lane/Hill Street/Erie went out 3pm last Monday and hasn't been back since. My obsession to find info about when we might get power back is paralyzing. If it isn't until Sat...then I'll take my laundry to the wash and fold...and so on.
SB November 06, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Update: I received an email stating power was restored @ 8pm last nite. So this is now ticket #4 that has been closed - still now power
James Kleimann November 06, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Update: As of this morning, about 20 percent were without power in Ridgewood. Roughly 1,300 of the 2,000 without power should see restoration by the end of Wednesday, PSE&G expects. Full restoration is still expected by Saturday. All but RHS and Willard are still without power as of Tuesday morning. Glen Rock remains at 63.8 percent without power, PSE&G claims. Roughly 1,400 are expected to see electricity return on Tuesday in the borough, and another 950 on Wednesday. Saturday is also the final restoration date for the borough. Of course, who knows with the storm expected to hit soon. Check it out: http://pseg.com/pdf/PSE_G%20Workforce%20Schedule20121106%200600.pdf
Rene November 06, 2012 at 04:46 PM
I may get worse before it gets better after Thursday. Hope this storm is not as bad as it could be. Cold rain and WIND are not our friends at this point. Hang in there, and stay calm. Have been getting updates on EVERYTHING going on in Glen Rock since this started. Thanks for the information, has been very useful. Saw the Mayor walking around neighborhoods the other day handing out information in areas that were smashed as well. What a great effort and leadership that showed. Stay safe.
James Kleimann November 06, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Going to agree with Rene on this one. The Borough's been doing a bang-up job getting the word out to people.
James Kleimann November 06, 2012 at 04:50 PM
What area, SB?
Patrick Brawley November 06, 2012 at 06:00 PM
looks as though the people leaving comments to back off the utility companies and "RELAX" either work for PSE&G or have a friend or two who work there. either way, dont tell us to relax and accept the circumstances. we live in America where all of us can have our opinion, rant and rage, and place blame where we want to. after all...this is not socialism...its America! I cant think of a better time to excercise our freedom of speech than on election day!
Patrick Brawley November 06, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Hello James! Are you speaking about Glen Rock's Borough Hall? because Ridgewood seems to be a polarized difference. The Mayor has not walked around the streets communicating with the people at all. if it does pertain to Glen Rock, then I commend him for stepping up and out to the towns people.
Patrick Brawley November 06, 2012 at 06:13 PM
oh, one more comment, 1010 news is reporting from Ridgewood right now asking PSE&G some pointed questions. looks like Ridgewood is being looked at as a cluster after all.
Willard November 06, 2012 at 06:58 PM
America does indeed give all its citizens the right to talk out their ass. It also gives you the right to place blame where you want to and to rant and rave in absence of the fact that there are hundreds if not thousands of men and women away from their families helping to restore power to our homes- they are most likely tired, cold, and would much rather be at home, wherever that may be. Instead we have asses like you trying to hide your emotional outbursts inside a civics lesson. For the record, I don't work for PSE&G or know anyone that does. Now I will exercise my rights on this fine election day- you should relax and thank your lucky stars you are not one of the poor souls who have lost everything.
Patrick Brawley November 06, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Atta boy Willard! Freedom of speech and opinion .
Richard D. Cameron November 06, 2012 at 07:35 PM
FYI, the CEO of PSEG admitted to Wyckoff's Mayor that the company did not think the winds from Sandy would reach 80mph or more. An startling and amazing admission for one of the most pre-planned storms in history. PSEG is culpable for not planning for a worst case scenario. You obviously have time to respond, guessing the plumbers life has been very good for you.
JB November 06, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Big news update for you: we have a family memeber...lineman for PSEG..has worked 8 straight 16 hour days.....yeah..he's in it for the money. You should hear yourself, folks.
JB November 06, 2012 at 07:39 PM
There is a huge crew of workers/trucks up on Morningside and Hamilton Rd. THey are from Houston, Texas. Work safely, guys!
JoeJoeJoeThe Plumber November 06, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Willard.... I agree with you.
JoeJoeJoeThe Plumber November 06, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Patrick.... relax... you're reminding me of a 4 year old child that just keeps whining until they get their way.... no one in my family or myself work for PSEG... but did it ever just occur to you that there is a reasonable answer for why its taking so long....maybe some other areas are so much worse off. Don't be so selfish... its sickening and VERY UNAMERICAN. We didn't become this great nation with all your selfish whining and crying.
JoeJoeJoeThe Plumber November 06, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Nice comments Rene and great advice.
James Kleimann November 06, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I was referring to Glen Rock and Rene's comment above. Heidi Blauvelt, their communications coordinator, and Joanne Perry, the OEM coordinator, were accessible to residents and made good use of social media/email. I have not independently verified that Mayor van Keuren was walking the streets. But that does certainly sound like him. Ridgewood Mayor Paul Aronsohn has been in communication with residents from what I've seen. He has spent a good deal of time at the shelter set up at Mount Carmel. The mayor also put out his email and personal cell phone for people to call him, in addition to robo-calls. He could tell you what he's been up to better than I – you could email him at paronsohn@ridgewoodnj.net.
Patrick Brawley November 06, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Another atta boy! for JoeJoeJoe!
Patrick Brawley November 06, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Thanks James.
G November 06, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Rene and James, I have to disagree about the job the Boro is doing. I have seen neither hide nor hair of Hizzoner, in person or online. At least Mayor Aronson of Ridgewood is fighting for his town. Where is Van Kueren? Nothing on the Boro website, no fliers at my house, nothing. I hang out at my wife's office downtown, thank goodness it has power. Sometimes I see the lines for Exxon - where's the word to residents when it opens? It's a mystery to me, and that is the only place we used to get gas. So much for paying exorbitant taxes and supporting local businesses.
dara brown November 06, 2012 at 11:07 PM
There is a large presence of trucks on Fairmont between heights and morningside. I hope their presence indicates our neighbors there will have power soon.
Steve November 07, 2012 at 01:58 AM
We also received an email that power was restored last night. We still have no power. Its bad enough not to have power but to keep getting lousy information is an insult.
JerseyRED November 07, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Amen. The linemen are the ones in the field doing the work. I have no problem with them. PSE&G corporate needs to provide as much timely, factual information so people can make informed decisions. I opened an outage report only to be informed that the issue had been resolved. I called them immediately to make sure they had factual information about the continued outage in our area.
Vern November 07, 2012 at 04:28 AM
I speak for my fellow citizens...Given PSE&G's performance, coupled with our insanely high property taxes and the fact we pay our utility bills in a timely manner, is there any chance they'll issue Bergen County residents a free generator for their troubles? They offer service contracts for the equipment in our homes but why not on their service to our homes?
J.D. Luke November 07, 2012 at 11:43 AM
According to my tax bill, most of what I pay goes to public schools and a remarkably small amount goes to PSE&G.
SB November 07, 2012 at 01:05 PM
@steve - I agree 100%. I've had 4 tickets closed because they said I have power. Everyday I goto pseg's website, login & report an outage. My 'new' date is Nov. 10th!
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