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More Than 5,000 Fair Lawn Homes Still Without Power, No Timetable for Restoration

The emergency operations center has taken calls for more than 100 individual trees down and nearly 30 wires down in Fair Lawn since Monday.

Sandy's violent romp through town Monday has left between 5,000 and 10,000 homes without power indefinitely. 

Although PSE&G has told some inquiring residents that power won't be back until Nov. 5, the company has yet to offer an official timetable on when power will be restored.

The utility's website explains that the Nov. 5 restoration date provided to residents is a computer-generated response based on data from past storms. 

"These [Expected Times of Restoration] are quite accurate during moderate-sized storms," the website claims. "This is not your average storm. Hurricane Sandy has caused unprecedented damage, twice as much damage as Hurricane Irene."  

According to PSE&G, the expected restoration dates will remain up in the air until the company performs a full assessment of the damages.

Deputy Emergency Managment Coordinator Wendy Demeraski said early Tuesday afternoon that Fair Lawn had submitted a list of resident outages to the company, but had yet to hear when PSE&G would be visiting town to assess the damage. 

She said outages around town had been sporadic, affecting areas from Radburn to Saddle River Road to parts of Berdan Avenue.

Cornell Christianson, a Radburn resident who spoke with utility workers examining damage in town Tuesday, said he was told the chances were "bleak" that his neighborhood would be restored before Monday because of the four transformers -- two on Plaza Road and two on Radburn Road -- that were knocked out during the storm.

In addition to outages, the emergency operations center has taken hundreds of resident calls from everything to trees into buildings to electrical fires

The EOC had received calls for more than 170 separate incidents in town -- many items are reported multiple times -- as of early Tuesday afternoon, with 100 of those in regard to trees down and another 30 for wires down.

The Shade Tree Department was out Tuesday investigating damages and clearing branches and debris wherever possible, but many of the largest road blockages involve tangled power lines that are unsafe to handle.

Demeraski said its important that all residents treat any downed wires as if they are live.

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Tony Sina October 31, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Zak, Would you happen to know what (if any) contingencies are in place for the upcoming election should there continue to be no power around FL?
Stuart Pace October 31, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Only saw Lisa swain out looking at damage.I know Cos is with flfd.where a free the rest of you?
Russell Hauptman October 31, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Not just Fair Lawn, North Midland avenue from Pehle to Market has no power either. No downed lines or anything that I could see in the area. just nothing. I started to get upset I couldn't open my shop or work and then I saw the pictures of the shore. Things could be worse.
John Cosgrove October 31, 2012 at 10:29 AM
Thanks to all of our great Volunteers and Employees here in Fair Lawn! You have all done an outstanding job and have worked round the clock to keep our residents safe during hurricane Sandy. Altough many of residents are without power we have a lot to be thankful for and have to thank God that we didn't have the flooding like last year.Today we begin the clean up efforts this will be a long process as we clear trees from roadways and PSE&G restores power. The State estimates that over 2 million people are without power and it's going to take a long time to restore the power. I'm urging Fair Lawn residents with power to help friends and neighbors who have lost theirs. Invite them over for a hot meal, to watch TV, or to charge their cell phones. Our Town has been dealt a large blow, but after all we are Fair Lawn and we will recover!!!!!
Burt Muelenberg October 31, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Thank you Mr Cosgrove for all you do, Thanks to your fire, police, and employees who kept us all safe, but what are we to do with all our garbage and refuse from the storm, it's starting to stink?
Burt Muelenberg October 31, 2012 at 11:41 AM
If my math is correct almost half the homes in fair lawn still have no power and Halloween is still taking place and no garbage pickup!
FL Resident October 31, 2012 at 01:47 PM
It is my understanding that our very own mayor is staying in a hotel. Hope it's not on our dime!
Burt Muelenberg October 31, 2012 at 03:02 PM
I don't blame anyone specifically at PSEG, but something's telling me the antiquated system of providing electricity has finally caught up with us. Mr Zak, have you investigated true cause because if a substation went under water sounds like there was no backup plan.
Michele Jacobs Pepe October 31, 2012 at 09:32 PM
All of midland ave both sides of street from fair lawn to saddle brook including side roads with no power..but quick Chek is up and running with NO generator.. Something is wrong with this picture..
kristine October 31, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Fair Lawn is doing a great job cleaning up..I have seen trucks all over with a wood chipper in tow... I have no power but either does alot of people....at least we don't have the damage that the shore has....my heart goes out to those who lost so much!

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