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Water Main Breaks Top Police Monday Morning Sandy Recovery Update

Police say residents with power should prepare to lose it again temporarily.

Parsippany Police say the town is dealing with water main breaks and power restoration issues in its roundup of storm recovery news.

In a statement, Police Chief Anthony DeZenzo reported that water main breaks are present at Parsippany Boulevard near Tivoli Gardens apartments, at Roosevelt Avenue near McNeil Road in Lake Hiawatha, and at 60 Baldwin Road. All are currently passable, he said, however, residents may experience interruptions to service until they are repaired.

Service interruptions are possible for electricity customers as well: the chief said homes and businesses that have had power restored may lose it again temporarily while restoration efforts continue to bring electrical service back to those still without power.

In road-closure news, DeZenzo said Route 202 now is open in both directions near Sylvan Way. South Beverwyck Road and the Interstate 80 East exit ramp are open again, but only temporarily—police said it will be closed again shortly to conduct repairs.

The Parsippany Water Department is still operating using backup generators and pumping ability remains critically low, DeZenzo said. He asked residents to continue conserving water until full power is restored to the infrastructure. He said residents may also experience periods of lower than normal water pressure.  

For residents still in the cold and dark, the town's warming/charging shelter remains open at the Parsippany Community Center, 1130 Knoll Rd. in Lake Hiawatha, police said. This center is equipped for staff to address the specific needs of citizens and is open 24/7. Warming centers are availale as well at the Mt. Tabor Library and the Lake Hiawatha Library.

Chief DeZenzo said the Parsippany Recycling Center is open Monday through Friday this week from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

He said water and ice are available for pickup at the Morris County Police Academy at 500 West Hanover Ave. Monday through 9 p.m.

Nancy November 05, 2012 at 02:55 PM
How much longer are we going to have to wait? The water supply systems should have been fixed asap. We shouldn't still be on back up generators. As for the power, we have not gotten any specific details about the Intervale section of Parsippany. Can someone update us about the different areas in this town?
Parsippany Taxpayer November 05, 2012 at 03:04 PM
$11,000+ in taxes and not a utility truck in sight for a week except for those 60 or so coming over I78 from PA probably headed to Atlantic City. It is more important for people to be able to gamble in NJ than for those working and trying to keep warm and live a normal life. Also the gas situation is a complete laughing stock.
clyde donovan November 05, 2012 at 06:15 PM
I'm kind of glad we've gone on an odd-and-even gas rationing system. It makes remember how much of an incompetent fool Jimmy Carter was. Donald Trump is right. Obama has turned America into a third-world country.
janet adams November 05, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Nancy, my husband is a Water Operator and you have absolutlely no idea what you are talking about. The Water Department is out there working there asses off making sure "Nancy" has water. There are dozens and dozens of pump stations that have lost power....just like you. Therefore...they need to use generators (like some residents of Parsippany are doing). Duh...no power...no electric for the pump stations to work off of. We don't need complaining from you, Nancy, when the Water Department is doing a FANTASTIC job (considering Nancy that you have water) trying to keep it all together...AND...these guys are working non-stop, every day, for 16 hours a day to make sure the Parsippany residents have nice clean water so you, Nancy, may stay clean and have water for your coffee and tea. DO NOT talk about what you DO NOT know about. THANK YOU WATER DEPARTMENT especially to the WATER OPERATORS for working so hard for the Town.
Vipul Desai November 05, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Can someone confirm power grid outage behind BN - Rt 10 causing the issue? Several office building and residential area suffering one of the worst outage in Parsippany history.
DMHerinya November 05, 2012 at 08:28 PM
I knew it was only a matter of time until someone blamed the President for the hurricane.
DMHerinya November 05, 2012 at 08:46 PM
@janet adams: I understand how frustrating it feels to have someone "question" something your husband happens to do for a living, but please don't take it personally. Since your husband works for the Water Dept., you probably have more useful information than most of the readers. instead of responding so harshly to @Nancy, maybe you can help everyone understand better how the system works. I myself, had no idea there are dozens and dozens of (water) pump stations. The general news statement that "the Water Dept is using backup generators" doesn't explain much to the lay person, especially since we've had power outages withOUT water issues in the past. Is it just the scope/size of the outages this time? Also, what do you think is the reason for multiple water main breaks I keep hearing about? Not trying to be difficult - really just looking to be more informed.
Billy Batts November 05, 2012 at 09:00 PM
I guess you don't get out much? You can't go a few blocks in Parsippany without coming across another utility truck working their butts off to get your lights on! They were working in my neighborhood all day & night Saturday, and my power was back before midnight. Saw them all over town Sunday night too. Sorry you still don't have power, but they're working around the clock for us. I guess it's easy to complain when a little inconvenience comes along, but when I see the families in the really hard hit communities that had their lives turned upside down and have completely lost their homes, I hold off on the whining and am thankful that things could be much worse for us. I'm embarrassed there are so many whiners like you in our community!
PowertothePeople November 05, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Nancy, let me apologize for the wicked response from Janet Adams who clearly used this opportunity to unload her venom on an innocent person who, like me and MANY others, is without power and/or other utilities and is wondering what is going on and what is taking so long. Janet Adams chose to be nasty. And, her husband chooses to work for the water department. But, the shame is on you Nancy for being anxious for information and for expressing your frustration about the water and power situation "in general". And Nancy, shame on you if you are cold--someone's husband works for the power company and is out there right now working to restore your power so, how dare you shiver or say you're cold out loud. And Nancy, shame on you for wanting potable water or a hot cup of coffee or tea while someone's husband is out getting paid to work for a utility company (never mind that it is THEIR JOB). If I could fix the power problems, I would, with pleasure. I hope you get your services restored soon Nancy. Be well. Janet Adams, SHAME ON YOU.
Parsippany Taxpayer November 05, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Billy -- guess you don't get out to Intervale section of Parsippany. Pay lots of taxes and are back-seated because of our population density isn't as high as Lake Hiawatha. Mountain Lakes was battered but we in Intervale section got hosed because of some blown transformers. As for getting out much 7 days later no power -- glad you are having dinner in your warm home as I am paying once again to eat out tonight, for lodging, for some type of fuel to try to keep pipes and drywall joints from cracking. I will be thinking of you when we are having another crappy hotel breakfast tomorrow.
Nancy November 05, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Go ahead Janet tell me how hard your husband is working. We all work hard and we pay for these services. I was actually talking about the power companies not the water dept. I haven't had power since Monday night and probably won't until the weekend. I also pay a great deal of taxes to this town which pay for your husband's salary. My kids have been freezing and I dare to question the township!!!! You need a reality check.
janet adams November 06, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Power to the People and Nancy.....got you going didnt I? ...its your kind that love to whine and complain and bitch about Township Employees..whah whah wah...whine whine whine...boo hoo..blah blah...that is all we hear. you are all HATERS. Don't hate the player's hate the game.....I knew 100% that there would be people like you who would flip out at my comment....go ahead and rage. I don't care. Ha ha. :) THANK YOU TOWNSHIP OF PARSIPPANY TO ALL THE DEPARTMENTS FOR WORKING HARD. I APPRECIATE IT, EVEN IF THE HATERS DON'T.
PowertothePeople November 06, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Janet Adams...for your own sake, I hope you aren't using your real name because you are an embarassment to yourself and your husband. Seek mental help and anger management.

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