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Update: Power's Back in Downtown Madison

Issue with JCP&L feeder line through Chatham knocked out electricity, authorities said.

Power was restored to downtown Madison around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday after authorities said an issue with a JCP&L feeder line through Chatham knocked out power throughout the borough for about an hour and a half.

The outage took out Main Street traffic lights, forced some restaurants to close for at least part of their lunch service, and affected Madison High School, where classes were continuing and lunch was still served, police said.

Madison Electric Utility Superintendent Michael Piano said the outage occurred when one of the two main JCP&L feeders to Madison went down, possibly because of an equipment failure.

Typically, Madison is able to just throw a switch and power the entire town with electricty from the other, working feeder line, but on Wednesday Madison crews had to identify an issue in its substation that was preventing that from happening.

After troubleshooting, they were able to get power to all of Madison from the one line.

"My crew did an excellent job in troubleshooting and restored power," Piano said.

He said he's not sure when Jersey Central Power & Light would have the problem feeder line, which runs through Chatham from Summit, fixed, but there should not be any issues when that feeder does come back on line.

Police reported around 11 a.m. Madison was experiencing a power outage all throughout town and the Electric Department was working to fix the issue.

Around noon, police sent an alert saying the outage was caused by a problem with a JCP&L feeder line in Chatham.

The widespread outage followed reports of a smaller, unrelated power outage affecting southeastern Madison earlier in the morning.

The earlier outage was reported around 6 a.m., and by 9 a.m. the Electric Department said power already was restored with regard to that incident. That outage was due to an equipment failure, Piano said.

David S October 10, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Another outage has hit Madison around 11a.
Jake Remaly (Editor) October 10, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Thanks. Heard from someone power is out at their Kinney Street home. Police say "Madison is experiencing a power outage this morning all throughout town. Please do not contact the police desk. Madison Electric is working to rectify the issue."
Joseph October 10, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Reporting a power outage without details. Why is what I'd like to know. What blew a transformer or was there a fire or an act of terror?
Gary P October 10, 2012 at 04:38 PM
In a Nixle alert issued at 11:57 a.m., the Madison Police Department said the power outage is due to a fallen Jersey Central Power & Light "feeder line" in Chatham Borough. JCP&L is currently on the scene working to restore power, according to the alert. http://www.nj.com/morris/index.ssf/2012/10/cops_power_loss_spreads_throug.html
Jake Remaly (Editor) October 10, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Power's back downtown at least as of around 12:30 p.m. Police said Madison High School lost power, but classes were continuing and lunch was served
Gary P October 10, 2012 at 04:58 PM
My daughter is in a Day Care at Giralda Farms. Not sure if it is back yet. Hopefully it is, they were about to close for the day.
Gary P October 10, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Yup, power is back.
ProudAmerican October 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM
It was the Bear
Rocco Passomato October 14, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Kudos to Mike Piano and his crew. I know how difficult it is to troubleshoot and trace down a power problem of this magnitude. Madison has always had highly skilled and quality employees. People fail to notice that until an emergency arises. Great job guys. Thanks for your perserverence and dedication. Rocco Passomato

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