Day 9: Seriously? Nine Days?

Lots of people have it worse, yes, but we could do a lot more to help them if we had power ourselves

Nine days.

This is the ninth day without power in large chunks of Wall Township – a town that was largely spared from the wholesale destruction that Hurricane Sandy wrought on our nearest neighbors.

Jersey Central Power & Light says there are about 2,500 still without power in town. Our informal survey of Wall Patch readers leads us to believe that number is higher.

And in just hours, another serious storm is about to bear down on the area.

Although there are certainly pockets, some larger than others, around town that are also without power, the areas hardest hit in town appear to be in North Wall. Those are the areas in greatest proximity to the JCP&L substation on Brighton Avenue and Marconi Road, where on Tuesday a phalanx of utility workers gathered and appeared to be working feverishly to repair damage to the facility.

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Officials have said the station suffered significant damage during the storm. The number of workers and trucks and activity there Tuesday supports that.

If you’re still without power, call JCP&L again. And again. Their number is 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877).

No, it’s not as bad as losing your house. No it’s not as bad as five feet of water in your basement, or your entire street being wiped out or large portions of the beach in your living room, but nine days without power is going to wear on your nerves, no question.

Below, feel free to complain, kvetch, and get it out in the comments section below. It’s fine, really. Let’s just try to keep it clean.

Dave C November 08, 2012 at 03:06 AM
I will cut JCPL a little slack for the substation but once that is back up and running don't they need to fix the pole that is closing Marconi right up the road. How about while they fiddle with the substation they also address the pole so that once power is back it will get to Shark River Manor. I also would like to better understand why they can't do a better job of routing power from those areas that have it to those that don't but can be connected. I can only imagine if this were a much higher category storm. It's easy when everything is devastated and homes are gone not to expect power but when 99.9% of the homes are fine it is hard to understand. Again this is complaining when your are far luckier than others but it just seems that the restoration could have been better.
Karen November 08, 2012 at 11:54 AM
I know for a fact that the utility trucks are working around the clocks. I think its more important that people ban together now instead of complaining and finger pointing. I am in the North Wall area too, and have been without power since the beginning, but I found that helping those who are worse off than me preserved my sanity throughout this. In the process of helping I was able to see the selfless outpouring of concern, which has restored my faith in humanity. All I can feel is blessed right now that my family is safe.
Kathy Dweck November 08, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Mike November 08, 2012 at 03:47 PM
@jerseyswamps: Rockafeller Estates - Still. No. Power. There are parts of India that have lost and regained power four times since this storm left us. :)
jerseyswamps November 08, 2012 at 06:48 PM
That's probably so when you call JCP&L to complain they can put you through to their call center in India.


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