UPDATE: A Marion Road resident advises neighbors to check with PSE&G to make sure they know your street is without power. After sitting in the darkness since Saturday, the resident called PSE&G today and learned that PSE&G’s grid says the street is fine. “The reality is their grid is wrong,” he said. “Most of us were assuming that PSE&G knew.”
PSE&G reports that 98,000 customers were still without power at 9 a.m. today. And some of them are getting cranky. A tipster sent this photo of an “Occupy PSE&G” sign on Montague Place in Montclair this morning.
Just last Thursday we were reporting that Montclair and PSE&G were in talks about the Gray Street imbroglio, in which PSE&G — upgrading service — chopped down mature trees without telling the town or residents. Now we’ve had Mother Nature flicking huge trees down like they were matchsticks, and knocking power out in the bargain — and many homeowners entering their fourth day of shivering in the dark.
Many Baristanet readers observed on Sunday that they hadn’t seen any PSE&G trucks and local printer Scott Kennedy went so far as to speculate that the utility might be punishing the town. “I wonder if the are trying to teach the Gray street folks and Montclair in general a lesson about interfering with their operations when it comes to cutting down trees and limbs that they feel threaten their lines,” he said in an email.
Councilor Cary Africk, who is still without power himself and has been camping out at the Residence Inn in West Orange, doesn’t think it’s personal. “I honestly don’t think so. I think it’s such a big task. Given the resources they have, I think they’re trying to do whatever they can.”
PSE&G says it has 237 crews and 212 tree crews working to restore power — with workers having come in from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida and Indiana. It says 83 percent of customers who lost power have had their electricity restored.
Nevertheless, Africk said much of Montclair east of Valley Road, between Bloomfield and Watchung, is without power.
So we ask you. Are you among the 17 percent?