Pummeled by flooding during Hurricane Irene, Paterson doesn’t have the water worry it had last time.
But power is a problem.
“We have about 60 downed trees, and a few people can’t get out of their homes,” Paterson Mayor Jeff Jones told PolitickerNJ.com. “We have residents who are in serious discomfort asking when PSE&G is going to get on the job.”
The mayor said his administration is in the process of assessing the city’s senior buildings.
"We have no flooding whatsoever, no concerns of that nature," Jones said. "But what concerns us now is that the equivalent of the flooding is the power outages.”
Passaic Freeholder TJ Best said PSE&G has 60,000 customers in Passaic County without power.
"Of that, 17,000 customers are from Paterson," the freeholder said. "There are 140 crews working on restoring power in Passaic and Essex Counties but unfortunately do to the Essex Switch Station being taken off line it can take up to 10 days before all power in Passaic County is on. Please continue to report out power and down lines to PSEG at 1-800-436-7733 or Tweet them PSEG at @PSEGcares or @PSEGNews."
Council President Anthony Davis issued a public service statement on his FaceBook page.
“In this time of difficulty and discomfort I ask that we remain patient,” Davis wrote. “It will take some time for PSE&G to fully restore electricity to all of us. 7-10 days is the broad estimation. PSE&G will be distributing water and ice to city residents at the Garden State Plaza in Paramus. God Bless.”
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