March 9, 2018 Post-Winter Storm Quinn Notice #6

The Township of Springfield announces the following update to the previously published Notice #5

The Township of Springfield announces new updates posted in Notice #7

The Township of Springfield is conducting 24 hour-a-day storm recovery operations coordinated by the Office of Emergency Management out of the Emergency Operations Center.  Township officials hold regular synchronization meetings and maintain regular communication with Jersey Central Power & Light for updates and to demand more timely restoration.

Widespread outages still affect about 68% of Springfield customers.  Springfield is served by three substations: Waverly Road, Fadem Road, and Briant Park.  Some customers were restored out of the Fadem Road substation, however, the bulk of outages (4,200 customers) are served by the Waverly Road substation.  There are five circuit lockouts from the Waverly substation, which has suffered damage comparable to Superstorm Sandy according to JCP&L.  JCP&L indicates they completed their damage assessment of the Waverly Road substation the evening of Thursday, March 8 and they are dispatching work orders to their crews today so they can begin to roll out repair crews to Springfield tomorrow, March, 10.  JCP&L has provided a global estimated time of restoration of 11:30 p.m, Wednesday, March 14 for the majority of outages. They expect power will be restored to some clusters prior to that but individual restoration times are not available.  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.  Updates are provided on their website and are the same as the Township receives.  The Township has no control or oversight over the electric company – it is not a municipal contracted service 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.

As utility crews work to get the lights back on, a generator is an invaluable piece of equipment that can help your life start to feel normal again. Running a generator improperly can kill you – misuse leads to carbon monoxide, fire hazards, deaths, injuries, and burns. Never run a generator in an enclosed space or indoors (including basements, kitchens, garages, etc.) Don’t run a portable generator in the rain. Before refueling, turn off a gasoline-powered generator and let it cool. Stock up on extra gasoline and store it properly. Don’t attempt to backfeed your house.

  • The Chisholm Community Center is active as an emergency overnight shelter and warming/charging station. Warm meals for breakfast (9 a.m.), lunch (noon), and dinner (5:30 p.m.) are available.  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 (food not provided).
  • Municipal offices are open to assist the community and respond to calls for service.
  • Garbage collection scheduled for Thursday, March 8 has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 10.
  • The Police Department has stepped up security patrols since the power outages began and has additional resources dedicated to maintaining public safety in the evening hours around neighbors.
  • 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 through the end of April.  It will not be picked up if placed up at the curb by private contractors.
  • 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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