Nov. 1: Mayor DePaola Issues Storm Update

Scotch Plains facing multiple challenges, substation line out.

Message from Scotch Plains Mayor, Mary DePaola

Hurricane Sandy Update 11/01/12

From Mayor Mary DePaola

In the wake of the storm, we are facing multiple challenges.

I have been on conference calls daily with Governor Chris Christie and his cabinet. The consensus on this storm is that its effects are far more devastating for New Jersey then Hurricane Irene.

I have also been on twice daily conference calls with representatives of PSE&G.

They have advised us that their substation line out of Seawaren is out. That line supplies a Fanwood substation which serves Scotch Plains customers. PSE&G estimates it will be 3 or 4 days just to bring that substation back on line. There may be pockets of residents that are out of power for up to 7 to 10 days.

At the current time, our DPW crews cannot remove trees entangled with wires because the wires may still be live. We must wait for PSE&G to remove the wires
Water should remain on.

Fourth quarter property taxes normally due on November 1,2012, with a 10 day grace period, will now be extended until November 20th,2012 with no interest charges.

The November 6th election is still scheduled to take place at regular polling places.

Halloween festivities will take place on Monday, November 5th, by order of the Governor


Anthony November 01, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Since Scotch Plains normally uses the Fanwood substation, does that mean the mobile substation will also be serving the needs of SP customers?
Nicole Bitette (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Hi Anthony, I'm not sure, could be - maybe that's why she said some residents 3-4 and others 7-10. I'll see if I can find that out. Best, Nicole
Westfield 86 November 01, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Does that mean schools are closed next week as well, or are generators being brought in.
Nicole Bitette (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 09:01 PM
No word yet. Will let you know as I find out.
jackspsp November 02, 2012 at 12:15 AM
I Live in Lamberts Mill Village - off Lamberts Mill Road, about 300+ apartments. The current estimate for restoration is Nov 3 by 3pm, so I guess mobile station is being used for scotch plains as well?
DLK November 02, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Area of cooper, Terrill and Rahway road is trashed, any update for the surrounding are? Trying to plan correct time for gas if needed..
DLK November 02, 2012 at 03:04 AM
We heard Monday and then next Friday? Please give us something better to live with, getting 3-5 degrees colder every night and my 5mth old twins are hard to keep warm.. Thank you again and god bless us all
LynnSusan Walters November 02, 2012 at 11:49 AM
The northside of the highway feels very disenfranchised,specifically the Glenside Ave/Canterbury Drive area.Are we served by the Seawaren substation? Where can we cross the highway to get into town? We also need police to regularly ride into the cul-de-sac where a large tree is on a home. Mercifully,we are all safe.
LynnSusan Walters November 02, 2012 at 11:51 AM
I forgot to mention there is an unmarked wire down on Kipling Lane,which is hazardous to dog walkers.
SP Resident November 02, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Why can't a mobile substation be used in SP as well? Has SP opened up any charging station in town to charge cell phones, etc? Honestly, PSE&G thinks it's reasonable to have residents without heat in November for up to 2 weeks?
Vvr November 02, 2012 at 01:49 PM
What's the problem in Mountain Ave ? It's closed for days. Do you think this is where the trees got entangled with wires?
Francis Fay November 02, 2012 at 04:13 PM
DePaola and the Board need to be voted out on Tuesday, it is a disgrace that towns like Cranford, and Westfield can have some if not most areas cleared already and if you go to the North (not rich) side of Scotch Plains, nothing, absolutely nothing as been done with no date when it will be done. We have a tree, that is leaning against a telephone pole with a transfomer on it which was called on Monday at 2:00 PM and nothing has been done yet.
ms November 02, 2012 at 08:23 PM
I live on the South (supposed rich) side of Scotch Plains. I don't care what side of town you live on, no power means no power! We were without power for 5 days this time last year and no one seemed to care. We have downed trees and power lines everywhere as well. The entire town is down! I agree DePaola is doing a terrible job and needs to go!
twogirls84 November 02, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Francis...just to make u feel better I live on the south side and believe me when I tell u our area is trashed and there is not a utility or PSEG truck in site!
Richard November 02, 2012 at 08:41 PM
According to a Union County Alert as of 2:17PM there are PSE&G workers in Scotch Plains.
Nicole Bitette (Editor) November 02, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Very likely, but after driving around there were trees in wires all over!
Nicole Bitette (Editor) November 02, 2012 at 08:49 PM
The Evangel Church, 1251 Terrill Road, Scotch Plains, The Fanwood Memorial Library, The Fanwood Rescue Squad. Also if you want to warm up Chelsea Living & the rescue squad in Fanwood. Clark Target you can use to charge get WiFi the Dunkin Donuts in Garwood has Wifi also.
Nicole Bitette (Editor) November 02, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Hi Francis and ms, Have you seen PSE&G trucks ye? Some residents mentioned having seen them/ The town can't touch the trees in the wires they have to wait for PSE&G to remove the power lines first. If I were you I'd keep calling PSE&G to make sure they know how serious this is. I keep calling the number provided for updates and not getting through, but the line to report trees, wires, etc. was going through. Also, each resident has been getting a different date as to when power will be restored, must play into where you are on the grid. I know I live in Woodbridge and my direct neighbor, arm could touch there house, power was on when mine was not.
Nicole Bitette (Editor) November 02, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Thank you Richard, some residents on Twitter mentioned seeing a few recently.
Enough Already November 02, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Totally agree about the "mayor." Look at the difference in the updates being put out by Fanwood vs the lack of info from Scotch Plains.


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