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Sense of Normalcy Returning to Livingston

Santola: Township expects 95 percent of township to have power restored by midnight tonight, election polling stations ready, gas stations open.

Life is returning to almost-normal conditions in Livingston Sunday, nearly a week after Hurricane Sandy beared down on the township, Mayor Stephen Santola said Sunday morning.

The mayor said he has been in contact with both JCP&L and PSE&G  and has been told by company officials there will only be “isolated pockets” of the township without power by midnight Sunday.

“At least 95 percent of the township has power,” Santola said around 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

He was waiting for a call from JCP&L officials on which schools had power, but was unable to say at the time if there will be school in the township on Monday.

Santola also said: 

  • All township polling places for Tuesday’s elections have power and will be fully staffed.
  • The township department of public works has worked all weekend to clear streets and remove debris from the storm. Santola said there are only “a handful of streets left” that have downed wires or trees in the township and he expects those to be taken care of shortly.
  • As power has been coming back on, township businesses are starting to open again.
  • Gas stations in the township are open and police are manning the stations to control traffic and make sure everyone who needs fuel can get it.
  • The township continues to ask residents to voluntarily conserve water. Livingston’s two water-pumping stations are open and there is no reason not to drink township-supplied water.
  • The township library is open with full services with the exception of wifi. People have been coming to the library to warm up, charge up and spend some time indoors, Santola said.
testy11 November 04, 2012 at 05:45 PM
jcpl says 1300 customers stillwithout power, what is the mayor smoking?
East Cedar Resident November 04, 2012 at 06:03 PM
In view of the fact that 95% of the town will have their power restored by this evening, it would be useful, for planning purposes, to know which areas will fall into the 5% who will not receive their power by this evening.
Jersey Girl November 04, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Huge wires down on Meadowbrook Rd. at the corner of W. Hobart Gap Rd. - completely impassable and very dangerous. Have notified PSE&G but they're still there.
Unknown November 04, 2012 at 08:22 PM
How about the power now being turned off. Thank god ur term is up.
Joyce Gore November 05, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Wire down on Claremont. On the phone with JCP &L. Men came out over five times to assess the situation. Found out it will take one hour to fix. I guess we are one of the pockets. Kids walking to riker hill on street dangerous situation. How can you expect a Ohio based company who send someone from Ohio to supervise the problem to know the area?
LVLancer November 05, 2012 at 02:32 PM
and has been told by company officials there will only be “isolated pockets” of the township without power by midnight Sunday. Well we are in one of those pockets, my neighbor says we are so far in the pocket we are lint.
5tero November 05, 2012 at 06:04 PM
so many lies in this story, i dont know where to begin. im in one of those pockets too. you know how they say fool me once, shame on you...fool me twice, shame on me. well, jcp&l isn't going to fool me again, i'm switching providers. pseg has their customers up and running and i'm stuck in a jcpl pocket.

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