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PSEG Pushes Back Restoration Estimates

Fair Lawn and Saddle Brook are now scheduled to be "fully" restored by midnight Tuesday

If anything definitive can be said about PSEG's town-by-town power restoration schedules, it's that they're constantly changing.

In a span of 24 hours, Fair Lawn's customers without power have gone from 39.9 percent to 54.7 percent to 42.3 percent and the date for "full restoration" has been pushed back from midnight Sunday to midnight Monday to midnight Tuesday.

Saddle Brook has experienced similar fluctuations. The number of reported outages in the township has actually increased after each of PSEG's restoration updates and, as of the latest estimate, 35.4 percent of the town was still without power.

PSEG spokesman Paul Rosengren, who said he couldn't provide specifics on where the utility would be working in either town, confirmed that the number of outages will continue to change -- and sometimes increase -- as updates from the field come in.

"The numbers are a snap shot in time," he said. "We are having to take some circuits out (which increase outages) to do repair, so sometimes the numbers go up before they go down."    

The latest numbers, released at 11 a.m. Sunday, estimate a consistent PSEG presence in both towns for the next three days.

  • Sunday, 11/4 -- 2,071 customers restored in Fair Lawn; 377 customers restored in Saddle Brook
  • Monday, 11/5 -- 1,478 customers restored in Fair Lawn; 717 customers restored in Saddle Brook
  • Tuesday, 11/6 -- 1,831 customers restored in Fair Lawn; 775 customers restored in Saddle Brook

If PSEG's three-day estimates are on point, nearly 97 percent of Fair Lawn and 93 percent of Saddle Brook will have power by midnight Tuesday.

The small number of residents in both towns not restored at that point belong to isolated, localized pockets where no estimate for restoration has been provided as of yet.

Fair Lawn borough officials sat in on a PSEG conference call Sunday morning, but were told nothing new except to watch the utility's website for updates and understand that all information provided is subject to change, assistant borough manager Jim Van Kruningen said.

According to PSEG's latest press release, the next restoration schedule update is due out late Sunday afternoon.

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Anthony Iozzia November 04, 2012 at 06:46 PM
What a surprise
Ryan shaw November 04, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Your all such friggin liars stop giving time lines when you no there not true ... It's called being real.
Jack Donohue November 04, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Before the PSE&G bashing begins, lets remember, this is a fluctuating situation. PSE&G employees are working as hard as they can to restore our power...in spite of what some of the comments you read here might lead you to believe... As the situation changes....and, YES... improves... estimates of full restoration remain just that... ESTIMATES. They are providing us with a "Back Up and Live" timeline because we are DEMANDING it...but to expect that to be hard and fast is simply not reasonable. If you think working 16 hour shifts...day after day after day is easy... I daresay you are not one of the men and women out there doing it!
Ezra P. November 04, 2012 at 07:43 PM
On the plus side - Plaza Road and Radburn is now open!!!
Ernest Canestrino November 04, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Should do Market street in Saddle Brook so gas stations can open up. I have not seen one single PSE&G truck for days. How do you expect to get restoration done when there are none or very, very trucks working?
Annie Blair November 04, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Is there any way to find out where these "isolated, localized, pockets" are so that we don't keep getting our hopes up? Not a good idea to keep toying with people's emotions like that!
Deleted because of harassment November 04, 2012 at 10:43 PM
If nothing, their estimates can be called creative. Be glad you don't live in Jersey City or Hoboken, where the estimates have changed constantly since Tuesday, anywhere from a few days to sometime after November 11th. I see my neighbors, who have been told the same ever-changing dates, are still in the dark.
KI November 05, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Horrible.... I haven't seen any PSE&G repair trucks in the area of Fair Lawn. NOT HARD to believe how they missed their target date. Who is their project manager? Ridiculous... And why are so many PSE&G trucks parked in the Garden State Mall an haven't been deployed. PSE&G is seriously dropping the ball and need to be reviewed and penalized by the State and Federal agencies. What are we paying them for?
Cathy Randazzo November 05, 2012 at 05:14 AM
This is a LOAD OF BS!! Fair Lawn seems to be the forgotten town in NJ!! My boyfriend and his family have been without power since the hurricane hit!! I'm in Westchester County, NY--and I thought Con Ed was the worse utility company!!!
Linda Busch Somach November 05, 2012 at 11:40 AM
I live in Fair Lawn between Southern and Rosale. We lost power 36 ours, then back up .2.5 hours, off for 4, back up over night, off again the next morning all day until back on for an hour early evening, then off continuously. I've moved back and forth to my house 3 times in a week. I am a widowed single parent with medical problems. Why do I just KNOW my neigborhood will be in that 3% group with no estimate for when power wil be back? It's Darkness on the Edge of Town. Will we need BRUCE to get some power? Our kids, sanity and my livlihood depend on being home with heat and power. Where is FEMA or financial assistance for those of us with lost income or costs associated with relocating over and over?
Corner Watcher November 05, 2012 at 01:18 PM
We have video of borough employees including cops who cut in front of gas lines for their personal vehicles. They owe us, and the colleagues they disgraced, big appologies. The videos will be posted on YouTube of all those who don't as soon as I confirm their identities.
abook November 05, 2012 at 01:36 PM
I know they are working hard and everything. but what bothers me is we have this darling boy governer who was oh so busy flying around the country for the past 4 months not at his job. A person at the top is supposed to look at worst case scenarios, what they call 'what if' and have plans in place. Here clearly he did not do his job this great governer. I want power back.
Zak Koeske November 05, 2012 at 05:21 PM
@Corner Watcher - The town worked out a deal with gas stations to allow borough employees and emergency responders to cut gas lines.

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