JCP&L Says Parsippany Restorations Will Go into Next Week

Right now, the utility says 30 percent of its local customers remain without electricity.

A new report from Jersey Central Power and Light indicates that power restoration in Parsippany will take through at least next week to complete.

According to the report, a majority of its Parsippany customers have had their electricity restored—but 30 percent of township businesses and residences are still without power.

In his Monday afternoon press release, Mayor James Barberio noted that the work the utility is doing "is very labor intensive and is slow moving, but in order for power to be restored to homes, [the] lines going into the neighborhoods must be fixed first."

The mayor added that once power is restored to neighborhoods, it does not mean that power will be restored to specific individual homes or streets.

"If there are smaller lines down in your area, they have to be addressed by crews once they are able to work in your specific neighborhood," the mayor's release said. "We are hoping to see crews on residential streets soon."

The JCP&L's latest outage map showed approximately 5,997 homes and businesses in town are still without power as of 4 p.m. Monday.

Those who find themselves without power are encouraged to call JCP&L directly at 888-544-4877. 

The mayor's press release reminded residents to use caution when driving and to avoid any downed wires, which could be live.

Parsippany Taxpayer November 05, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Like the slogan a great place to be in Parsippany as I am probably paying another $1000+ in expenses for a week without power while paying taxes/mortgage and other expenses on a house with no power. Way to hold JCP&L accountable and push them to do better. In the real business world we push people to do better when the answers are unacceptable. In government we accept mediocrity as the norm. Really disappointed in the mayor and governor's lack of taking the bull by the horns in getting JCP&L to get this done. Just give them as much time as they want to lolligag in bring people's power back up... So ready to sell and move out of Parsippany if this is the way our elected officials handle a crisis. I don't want to hear that they are working around the clock -- I want to hear that they are getting results.
Nancy November 05, 2012 at 11:48 PM
I have to agree with you 100%. I have spent so much money on food and gas this last week. Generators are hard to get and they need frequent oil changes and cannot be run 24/7. My kids have missed too much school and we were not hit the worst by this storm. JCP&L needs to feel the pain that we feel. My poor daughter breaks out in hives from the cold so even though the shower is hot when she comes out she feels terrible. It's very unfair.
Jack November 06, 2012 at 12:03 AM
This is unacceptable! Everyone from the governor, to the mayor, and especially JCP&L need to be held accountable for their INCOMPETENCE!
Venkatesh Naini November 06, 2012 at 12:08 AM
This is totally unacceptable. The damage in Parsippany area is not so severe to warrant power loss of more than 7 days. JCPL is totally incompetent and incapable of handling disasters. Parsippany administration should switch companies Venkatesh
Concerned in the Crisis November 06, 2012 at 12:33 AM
There was an out of state power truck baby sitting a downed power line that was not even live. He was there for two days. Do you think he was getting overtime? The problem is not the man power, it is the inability for JCP&L to manage the project. Why doesn't the Governor lead effectively in regard to this critical issue?
Michael S Fenton November 06, 2012 at 12:37 AM
An example of poor communications. They know which areas but they won't say. People cannot make plans without reasonable information. This is unacceptable. Unacceptable from a utility and worse, politicians (our mayor) don't pressure the company to be more specific.
Srini madireddy November 06, 2012 at 12:55 AM
We have approx. 10,300 homes and businesses in town still without power. Utility work is expected to continue restoring services well into next week. Continue to call JCP&L directly at 888-544-4877 to report power outages. We receive very few updates if any on the work that they are doing in the area. ---- what a stupid stmt from mayor. Even though JCPL is causing severe issues to the he manages the city, he wants us to call JCPL. Does he even know how or whom to serve?
Charles Jones November 06, 2012 at 01:07 AM
I think the major part of the problem is that JCP&L does not maintain the lines. meaning trimming trees that are a threat to the lines.The normal way is to wait for something to break before addressing that problem,
Charles Jones November 06, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Whats up with lake hiawatha school???????????????? Did it burn down,old growth,cancer causing airborn stuff?????????????????????? Mayor aint talking??????
Parsippany Taxpayer November 06, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Looks like a first and last term for the mayor if he doesn't show some leadership on this one. He needs to be playing full press on this one. Over 7 days outage for the damage we incurred is completely unacceptable. I can't stand leadership that isn't accountable nor holds people accountable to do the right thing. Tired of the governors sound bites and also the lack of sound from our community in Parsippany in getting our arms around this and demanding action.
Sup November 06, 2012 at 02:17 AM
JC&L - stands for Just Callous & Lousy Company..
Vb1975 November 06, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Is it requires that everyone who lost power need to report outage then only prioritization happens for fixing? Is that reason why few nieghborhoods did not get prioritized? I might be missing something here
Wake up Parsippany November 06, 2012 at 02:58 AM
I urge every Parsippany residents to go to JCP&L website (outages.firstenergycorp.com) under storm center to personal see our power outage problems as compared to our neighboring towns. You will see a map showing power restoration progress of JCP&L. Parsippany is the only town in North Jersey in RED while all our neighboring towns around us, large or small, are in yellow, green, and blue. The more I look at it, the more it reflects the incompetence of our elected officials, starting from the Major, Council President, and all the others. For the Major to tell us to call JCP&L directly to report outage in Parsippany, he probably has never driven around his own town to personal see the scale of the problems and how slow the restoration have been. I am sure the situation is unacceptable to anyone with conscience and responsibility. If other neighboring towns can make progress on their situation with JCP&L, our Major and all our elected officials of Parsippany should be able to do the same, otherwise, get out of these offices. We elected all of you to these offices to lead and help solve our problems, not to give excuses. If the answers from our elected officials are simply "it is nothing much they can do" or "it is out of their control", then it is time to ask for their resignations. If you cannot help solve the problems that Parsippany's residents have to face, large or small, then it is time to let others try. Voting them out starting tomorrow.
Noemi November 06, 2012 at 05:56 AM
I live in Parsippany and just got power today! A whole week without power is unacceptable! It ridiculous really! Now I can only image how our Parsippany residents feel who have to wait an additional week for power! There are children, elderly people and working class people freezing in their homes. I'm sure the mayor of Parsippany was seating in his heated home, cooking dinner and sleeping comfortably for the last 6 days since the storm. Then all he says is called JCPL! Duhhh!!! Hello!!!! We did!!!! Many times!!!! Response: Power should be restored with in 7-10 days!!!! Great!!!! I'll only freeze and catch hyperthermia till then. Officials and JCPL need to be held accountable for their actions and response in this crisis. Parsippany wasn't even one of the most hardest hit cities yet we have the most outages. Plus, of course all the buisnesses on rte 46 and N. Beverwick got their power since last Thursday. Heaven forbid the precious buisness lose their money. Never mind the rest of us who have had to shell out additional money to survive in this crisis. When will the Mayor and JCPL make the residents of Parsipanny, NOT the buisnesses, a priority? What is the point of having a Mayor if he can't help us. A clown or a middle schooler can tell us to call the electric company!!! Time for a change Parsippany!!!!
Carol November 06, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Day9of no power as well as NO trucks or communication other than our wonderful police. I worry about the upcoming storm tonight.no sump will produce a flooded basement at the least. Today is Election Day. I urge everyone to exercise your privilege and right. After all, it is the ONLY power some of us have. Thanks JCP&L for letting us know that we might not get power restored till next week. Could you be a little more specific? You do not answer your phone but you do send bills?how does this make sense?
Sedgefield resident November 06, 2012 at 12:47 PM
I believe much more than 30 % are without power at this 9 day and counting point. Our entire neighborhood is out and we are right off 202. Waiting another week is beyond unacceptable. I blame jcp&l as well as our town officials for dropping the ball here.
LSS November 06, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Day 10 without power at my house in Parsippany. JCPL was there yesterday, said they couldn't touch the pole without Verizon taking their wires off first. Verizon came and said they will not touch their wires without JCPL taking their wires down first. Cablevision came and said that the entire area needs to be surveyed for gas line because they'll need to dig and rewire everything. As my husband said, we'll have peace in the Middle East before I get power.
Nancy November 06, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I think everyone should make copies of your bills and send them to JCP&L. That's the only way to hurt them. The line workers are not to blame. JCP&L needs to be held accountable.
HelpMe1 November 06, 2012 at 02:50 PM
By the way the Mayor and Council President have not had power since the storm.
Charles Jones November 06, 2012 at 02:53 PM
The Bottom line is that trees need to be pruned away from the lines END OF STORY. The question should be is it being done. If not is it becuse of the RED TAPE( permit). Any Mayors out there????HHHHHHEEEELLLOOOOOO
Timothy J Richmond November 06, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Nancy, I wanted to reply to your post below about your daughter having hives from the cold and your expenses for food and gas for a generator. I was fortunate enough to only lose power for 2 hours. Though your family and I are total strangers to each other i would like to offer to you, your husband, and you children to come to my place. I have a large blow up matress, a couch and a love seat to sleep on. I have heat for you all and i have plenty of food to cook for you all. You are welcomed to stay by me for us long as you need. No charge. I just want to help. I have an autistic son (who lives with his mom) and i see so many teachers and aides that help him every day. I always feel the need to give back. He is well taken care of so you and your family would not be an inconvenience on my budget or my time. I cannot stand to see that your daughter is struggling when I can help. You are all welcome if you would like. I hope i can do something to make things a little better for you and your family. Tim
Steven J November 06, 2012 at 03:06 PM
This was the email response I received from Mayor James R. Barberio when I sent an email asking for help: As originally stated by JCP&L – it could take 7 to 10 days for power restoration. We are at day number 7 and Wed will be day 10. The Mayor is working with the Governor and JCP&L very closely and is on top of the situation. Please understand all of Morris County was devastated by power outages and they are doing as much as they can to get everyone up again. Charlotte Piegaro Secretarial Assistant to the Mayor Township of Parsippany Troy-Hills 1001 Parsippany Boulevard Parsippany, NJ 07054 My house was 49 degrees this morning. I have 3 small children. Caring emails like this make my family feel all warm inside during this difficult time (sarcasm).
Nancy November 06, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Thank you Tim for reminding me that there are truly great people out there. I was fortunate enough to be loaned a generator so we are ok for now. God Bless you and your family
Nancy November 06, 2012 at 05:32 PM
The governor had a lot to say about Parsippany in the past. Where the hell is he now?
Vb1975 November 06, 2012 at 06:39 PM
this looks like an automated reply set up
Jack November 06, 2012 at 06:42 PM
it's an automatic reply, i got the same email from town hall
Jack November 06, 2012 at 06:44 PM
i would love to start a petition against jcp&l, but i just don't have the time...i will be the first one to sign to liquidate them. http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=122104031162717
gina s. November 06, 2012 at 08:15 PM
I'm sorry...everyone needs to stop blaming the Mayor and local officials. Unless they climb up a pole and hook up power, they are pretty much as helpless as everyone else. It's crazy cold, and at 9 days, everyone is out of their mind over this..I get it...I have no power either. But I am trying to keep it in perspective because these people working the lines are doing what they are told. Don't get mad at the people who have no control over it...you're wasting your energy...get mad at the people at JCP&L who obviously have no idea what they are doing.
Annie November 07, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Please call JCP and L customer service # 1-800-662-3115 or 888-544-4877 everyday! For Hazardous situations like down Power lines and multiple streetlight problems and power outages. Call customer service every day and let them know it is very important they fix this situation as it is a Safety issue now. It is best to call at 8AM as they are less busy at this time. I called today and they are hoping to have everybody up in Parsippany by SAT. They should be ashamed for keeping us in the dark for so long. They should not send us a bill for this whole month or offer us a deep discount. We are losing a lot of money on gas for the generator, going out to eat everyday, hotel stays. This is a natural disaster and I understand but they are the Power experts and they should have a plan in place to keep us all safe. This is a major inconvenience. We are high paying tax customers and we do not deserve to be treated like this. Our power should have been restored long time ago. I wonder what Mayor James Barberio could do to help us. HIS # is 973-263-4297 or 973-263-4262 or e-mail his office at partroymayorsoffice@parsippany.net. Call him too and ask him.
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