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Update: Livingston Focus on Restoring Power

Township working on returning roads, life to normalcy.

[UPDATED 6:30 P.M.]
Livingston Township Manager Michele Meade said late Wednesday no roads in the township are impassable but some streets have barriers in place and people may have to go a bit out of their way to get where they want to go.

Meade praised townships departments including the public works and police for their nonstop efforts to return township life to normal.

“These guys are amazing,” she said, “ They’re doing what they have to do under trying conditions to get the job done.”

Much like last October’s nor’easter, the township is using wooden barriers to prevent traffic from going down certain streets and residents are reaching destinations by going slightly out of their way to get there.

“No section is any worse off than any other,” Meade said.

Life in the township is slowly returning to normalcy with businesses opening and supermarkets working through the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Meade said most traffic signals around the township are out, but the township has put township-owned generators on both state and county roads to keep traffic signals working.

She said the township is providing gas for the generators so traffic can keep moving smoothly.

Meade said both ShopRite and Kings are open in the township. ShopRite has been open since Monday, but Kings is open, just not selling perishables.

The shelter at Livingston High School remains open until people won’t need it anymore.

The shelter provides light, heat and recharging stations for laptops and cell phones, Meade said, as well as a place for families to spend time together where they can play games and feel safe.

[posted 3:15 p.m.]
Livingston Mayor Stephen Santola said Wednesday afternoon the township is working nonstop to restore power to residents throughout the township.

Santola also announced late Wednesday afternoon district schools in the township are closed for Thursday, Nov. 1. A decision on schools for Friday will be made at a later time.

The township office of emergency management has been meeting twice a day every day and focusing on getting power back, Santola said.

“We’ve been pressing the PSE&G and JCP&L teams in the field,” Santola said, “ to get them to restore power.”

He said the township has been trying to get power back to the first responders – fire, police and town hall buildings – since they are currently on generators.

“The DPW (Department of Public Works) has taken down many trees and limbs throughout the township,” Santola said, and they’ve been trying to open up passageways.”

He praised DPW employees, saying the department has been working nonstop and sleeping at the DPW headquarters overnight before going back out to work again.

One problem the township is experiencing, he said, is if a tree falls with live wires, the DPW can’t touch it.

“We have to follow through with PSE&G or JCP&L and they have to shut the power down,” Santola said. Once the power is shut down, he added, the township can do work and the electric provider can re-string the power line.

Councilman Michael Rieber said at one point Tuesday night, the township shelter in the athletic center of Livingston High School had 100 people there.

“Most people came to the shelter to charge their laptops, charge their phones,” Rieber said.

Many of the people seeking shelter didn’t bother staying after their devices were charged or they got warmed up, he said.

Overall, he said, about 45 people did stay overnight at the high school.

Santola said the Livingston School district had not made a decision on whether classes would resume Thursday as of 4 p.m. Wednesday.

He also cautioned residents to call the PSE&G or JCP&L and not Livingston Police if they lose power. 

Patch will update this story when more information becomes available.

WALTER LeVINE November 01, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Interesting that PSEG has restored power to West Orange, at least along Eagle Rock. Food Court at Livingston Mall is open and quite barraged by teens. Livingston Bagel and Livingston Diner have been open, and also quite busy.
Bruce Shirey November 01, 2012 at 11:09 PM
I thought all of Livingston was supplied by JCP&L? That's who supplies our house.
Patti Smith November 02, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Does anyone know if power was restored to 354 Eisenower Parkway near Dorsa ave?
Barry H. Evenchick November 02, 2012 at 03:08 PM
At least part of Livingston is supplied by PSE&G, e.g. the Cherry Hill section. It would certainly be helpful if some official could inform us all of the current status of power restoration efforts. All we appear to have at the moment is speculation. It would also be helpful if we could have an update on gasoline availability and the "rules" established for access. Having lines around the town without any guidance as to availability makes little sense and promotes chaos. Barry Evenchick--November 2,'12, 11:08 a.m.
DAVID LUGASHI November 03, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Is any one know if power restore to Washington ct

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