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North Caldwell Loses Power in Nor'Easter

PSE&G crews are back in North Caldwell working to restore power after Winter Storm Athena strikes.

After Winter Storm Athena, PSE&G is once again working to restore power to North Caldwell.

Although power went back down just as the nor'easter hit, police do not think the new storm caused the power outage.

“It was thought that the problem was on Smull (Avenue) but that was only part of the problem,” said North Caldwell Police Chief Mark Deuer. “Initially we thought it would be a quick fix, but the electrical system has been compromised by the hurricane and the problem may be more complex than we thought.”

Township officials have been on phone calls with PSE&G all day, he said. Public service crews are out working as hard as they can, he said.

“Yesterday I was able to report that virtually all the power in North Caldwell was restored,” said Mayor Joseph Alessi in an email to residents on Wednesday. “Then this afternoon sections of town went out. We immediately contacted our PSE&G representatives and they responded.”

Early reports the power would return by midnight may have been premature, police said.

“We were told by Public Service that power would be restored by midnight and we were optimistic, said Deuer. “Unfortunately it didn't work out that way.”

There is no estimate as to when power will finally return, but PSE&G crews are currently working on it, Deuer said Thursday morning.

Lisa Manuzza November 08, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Spoke to PSE&G on scene this morning. They told us it was the snow on the lines on Smull Ave at the same site of the original break. They fixed the problem 15 minutes ago and we are back up in North Caldwell
Rick Cahill November 08, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Dear Residents of North Caldwell: Power is beginning to be restored in town. We have gotten notice from residents and the DPW crew that Amelia Street, Rose Avenue, Harding Avenue, Deer Trail Road, Fox Run, and Wind Ridge Drive have power. Given the fact these areas are essentially on the same grid we are extremely hopeful that most, if not all, of the Borough has been restored. If that is not the case be rest assure that crews will continue to do repairs in town. I will keep you updated on the progress. Sincerely, Joe Alessi Mayor Joe Alessi November 8, 2012 Press Release #9 For full details, view this message on the web.
Rick Cahill November 08, 2012 at 04:33 PM
North Caldwell Police Department Thursday November 8th, 2012 :: 11:29 a.m. EST AdvisoryPower has been restored to all streets in the Borough! Power has been restored to all streets in the Borough!! The entire Borough should have restored power as of this time. Address/Location North Caldwell Police Department 136 Gould Ave North Caldwell, NJ 07006
Grover November 09, 2012 at 03:13 PM
In a previous story regarding Hurricane Sandy and the associated power outages, I commented that North Caldwell was leaving its residents "in the dark." I'm happy to see that the Borough has stepped up its efforts and is reaching out to the community on this website.

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