March 2018 Post-Winter Storm Quinn Notice #5

The Township of Springfield announces the following update to the previously published Notice #4

The Township of Springfield announces new updates posted in Notice #6

The Winter Storm weather conditions have passed but lingering effects remain in Springfield.  A proclamation of local emergency was declared in Springfield effective 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 and remains in effect.  The Springfield Office of Emergency Management is monitoring the situation from the Emergency Operations Center and town officials hold regular synchronization meetings for recovery operations.  Municipal offices are open to assist the community and respond to calls for service.  All roadways have been cleared by the Department of Public Works to make them accessible for emergency vehicles, however, detours remain on three roads (Pitt Road, Twin Oaks Oval, and Shelley Road).

As of 4 p.m., widespread outages affect 68%, or nearly 5,000 out of 7,400, Springfield customers.  Township officials have been in regular communication with Jersey Central Power & Light to obtain as much information as possible and impress upon them the urgent need for restoration.  We are exhausting all options but JCP&L has not provided any township officials with further details as they are still performing a town-wide assessment and inventory.  Some repairs have been made and crews are actively working on the major infrastructure and circuit lockouts to restore service but JCP&L has not provided any estimated restoration time.  There may be prolonged outages because once some repairs are made, they may reveal more problems along the lines that may potentially delay restoration.  Reports or inquiries about electric service and restoration times should be directed to JCP&L and not the Township as service is not within the township’s control and calls burden personnel from providing a timely response to true emergencies.

Always consider any downed line to be energized. Be cautious. Electrical circuits don’t always turn off when a power line falls into a tree or onto the ground. Even if they are not sparking or humming, downed power lines can kill you if you touch them. Even the ground nearby can be energized.  Downed wires can energize other objects, including fences, water pipes, bushes and trees, buildings and phone and cable wires. Even manhole covers and reinforcement bars in pavement can become energized by downed wires. During storms, wind-blown objects such as canopies, aluminum roofs, siding, sheds, etc., can also be energized by downed wires. Do not touch, approach, or drive over downed power lines and report them immediately to 9-1-1.

  • In anticipation of prolonged outages, the Township of Springfield has converted the Chisholm Community Center into an emergency overnight shelter that is available beginning tonight.  Residents who wish to utilize the shelter should call the Emergency Operations Center at 973-376-1058 to register.  Residents should bring bedding, pillows, personal hygiene items and medications. Pets are welcome but must be crated and well-behaved. The Salvation Army has provided a light meal for dinner on Thursday, March 8.
  • Recycling collection originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 7 has been rescheduled for Friday, March 9.
  • Garbage collection scheduled for Thursday, March 8 has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 10 and garbage collection scheduled for Friday, March 9 will remain as scheduled.
  • Jitney service will resume and operate on a normal schedule on Friday, March 9.
  • Public Works is unable to assist with fallen trees on private property, except for town-trees planted in the public right-of-way.  Vegetative waste and tree debris caused by the storm can be placed at the curb by residents for pickup – it will not be picked up if placed up at the curb by private contractors.
  • If you are in the vicinity of a snow-covered hydrant and are able to assist by shoveling around it, you can help the Fire Department save time responding in case of emergency.
  • The Recreation Department Senior Citizen transportation service will resume on Friday, March 9.
  • Our ability and strength to come together as a patient and understanding community is important at this time. We are working tirelessly to return to normalcy. Help us by helping each other. Be in touch with each other, help each other, spread the word by checking in on family, friends, neighbors, the elderly and people with special needs.
  • To report power outages, contact the electric company by visiting FirstEnergy/JCP&L or call 1-888-LIGHTSS  (1-888-544-4877).  Downed wires should immediately be called in to your electric company or local police/fire departments. Customers should never go near a downed power line or wire.
  • To report a gas leak, contact the gas provider (PSE&G) by calling 1-800-436-PSEG (7734).
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