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Second Day of Power Outages & Road Closures

By on Sep 3 2013.
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Mountain Avenue Power Outage Map

Mountain Avenue Power Outage Map

Mountain Avenue Power Outage

Mountain Avenue Power Outage

Shortly after 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3rd, reports came in of power outages in Springfield off of Mountain Avenue.  Over 650 Jersey Central Power & Light customers were affected according to the official website.  Information about outages is available on two sections of the website but only one was operational while the outage map was showing no irregularities.  Police and fire personnel responded to a downed pole and line on Mountain Avenue between Remer Avenue and Gregory Road.  That section has been closed off and traffic is being diverted.  Around 7:45 p.m., power was restored to about half of those affected leaving another 337 customers without power.  By approximately 8:20 p.m., nearly all power was restored except for 11 customers.

South Springfield Avenue & Evergreen Avenue Asphalt

South Springfield Avenue & Evergreen Avenue Asphalt

This unrelated incident marks the second day of significant power outages and road closures in Springfield.  It follows a Labor Day scare in which severe weather is believed to have affected a power line on South Springfield Avenue near Evergreen Avenue.  A power line sparked and caused a fire that melted the asphalt road and led to an awning on the Evergreen Deli catching fire and setting the storefront ablaze.

On Monday, up to 1,500 lost power bringing the two-day total to almost 29% of Springfield without power for several hours.  Throughout both, residents expressed extreme frustration with the lack of updates from JCP&L.  This brings back memories during Hurricane Sandy.  In the fall of 2012, Residents and businesses were not getting timely updates from JCP&L and the only source of information for Springfield power restoration was from then-Mayor Ziad Shehady who was publicly calling out the power company on their failures and short-comings.  In response, current Democrat Mayor David Amlen and Deputy Mayor Rich Huber then wrote a letter chiding Shehady for his aggressive stance and suggesting that “searching for positive solutions” was a better alternative than holding JCP&L accountable.  There have been no public statements from Amlen or Huber during these two emergencies.  Almost a year since Hurricane Sandy has passed but there have been no efforts by Amlen or Huber to work with JCP&L to improve power delivery or infrastructure.



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