Downtown Madison Has Power

But electric could still be 10 days away for certain neighborhoods.

Main Street in Madison had power restored as of 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, and some residential streets also reported power was restored Wednesday night.

That means more businesses will be open Thursday, including gas stations pumping fuel, salons styling hair and shops serving hot coffee.

The partial restoration of power is welcome news after days of long lines, sometimes frayed nerves and quests for warmth, wireless Internet, electric outlets and fuel.

While the feeder lines are up, the storm snapped more than 50 utility poles around the Rose City and blew transformers. Restoration is still expected to take days for some neighborhoods. The borough issued an alert Wednesday saying, depending on the neighborhood and damage assessment, residents may be without power for up to 10 days.

Jersey Central Power & Light sent crews to assess damage to its feeder line to the Madison Electric Utility hours after Tropic Storm Sandy hit, and on Wednesday crews arrived and said, "We're not leaving until power to Madison restored," according to Madison Mayor Bob Conley.

The feeder line was energized at 7 p.m. and by 7:20 p.m. the central business district had power.

"I want to thank the leadership and the crews of JCP&L for their delivery on their promise," Conley said in a statement.

It seems the difference between JCP&L's response this year and to last year's October snow storm could not be more different.

After the October snow storm took out JCP&L feeder lines last year, Madison officials could not get through to JCP&L, and their outage report to the utility showed the entire Borough of Madison—one of only a few towns in New Jersey that operates its own electric utility—as a single customer.

Tropical Storm Sandy was another story.

Conley said,

Since the loss of power, we have been in constant communication with JCP&L. As they promised last year, JCP&L ramped up their communication efforts and understand that we are not one customer but a town of 16,000 with a university of 2,000 and multiple locations of senior housing and nursing home.  ... I want to thank the leadership and the crews of JCP&L for their delivery on their promise.

Conley urged residents who don't have power to be patient, saying it was a historic storm and "we are all in this together."

kathy November 01, 2012 at 12:13 PM
I like to thank everyone madison electric co, madison police, jcpl, madison bough, pse&g, The Mayor, The Emt squad, and who ever I left out. This was an Storm of all storms, that hit own town.. BUT WE WILL SURVIVE!!!!
R.C.MATHUR November 01, 2012 at 12:25 PM
ravicmathur November 01, 2012 at 12:27 PM
ravicmathur November 01, 2012 at 12:31 PM
also thanks to madison electric utility
J November 01, 2012 at 02:23 PM
How about defining by street the "certain neighborhoods" in Madison that may be out for another week or more? It would help those in those areas to plan accordingly.
M November 01, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Agree with J, if it's ten days I'd like to know, the worst bit is being left in the dark! (Pardon the rather obvious pun there). There must be a plan that can be shared with us.
Cathy Kramp November 01, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Agree with J and M. Please let us know!!
Madison Canes November 01, 2012 at 03:34 PM
It would be helpful if via Nixle the town informed what streets / intersections have power restored for those who have left town to ride out the outage.
LNP November 01, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Thank you Madison PD and OEM for being so responsive!
carl fruehling November 01, 2012 at 05:20 PM
I have been running line crews for decades and I havee not seen one line truck on my street or anyone else from the Borough. Do you know where Shadylawn Drive even is Borough?
DidUReallyJustSayThat November 01, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Does anyone know if the gas stations in town are online and selling gas? How long are the lines?
tina November 01, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Thank you to JCP&L, the boro hall, Madison Police and Fire Dept..anyone else who was involved in restoring our electricity so quickly! Your the best..and so is Madison NJ!
Steph November 01, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Earlier this morning lines were huge. If you're not a problem street then the mayor said 2-3 days. Places like polmeroy and rosemont will take some time. They're hoping to get 12 out of the 15 circuits up by tomorrow I believe. I know Samson, kings rd and areas around it, Beverly all seem to have power.
Andres Pelaez November 02, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Anyone know when greenvillage Rd will have power?
DidUReallyJustSayThat November 02, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Great - The Patch says ten days until everyone's power is back, the Eagle says everyone will have electricity by tomorrow - http://newjerseyhills.com/madison_eagle/news/power-restored-to-half-of-madison-officials-hope-to-have/article_1f54b128-2464-11e2-a7dc-0019bb2963f4.html By Saturday we'll know who was right.
Madison Station November 02, 2012 at 02:53 AM
And now, on to gas...
Jake Remaly (Editor) November 02, 2012 at 12:42 PM
An 8 p.m. Thursday update from Mayor Conley says they're hoping to have all circuits up Friday, and continue restoring power to homes and businesses throughout the day. Trouble spots with major damage could be without power 3-5 days. Trouble spots could include, but are not necessarily limited to, Woodcliff, Harwood, Edgewood, Dogwood, Pomeroy, Cross Gates, East and West Lanes, Hillcrest, Highview, Park Lane, Pine, Rose, Beech, Cedar, Barnsdale, Garfield, Niles, Shunpike and Olde Greenhouse Lane.


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