Red Bank and Shrewsbury Outage Update

Many residents still without power in both towns.

Jersey Central Power and Light promised to have most area residents restored to power earlier this week, setting Saturday as the day when all residents would be restored to power. As outages have persisted, Gov. Chris Christie recently extended that deadline to Sunday.

For residents in Red Bank and Shrewsbury without power, the wait has become more than tedious.

As of Friday morning, more than 2,000 JCP&L customers remained without power in both towns combined. Though the utility maintains that it's been working steadily, having deployed thousands of electrical workers to restore as many residents to power as possible as quickly as possible, the outage numbers in both towns have remained relatively stagnate for days, dropping - and rising following Wednesday's nor'easter - a couple hundred customers while significant portions of each town remain without power.

As of 6:45 a.m., JCP&L's outage map showed that 1,323 Red Bank customers were without power. In Shrewsbury that total is 753. 

In Red Bank, borough Administrator Stanley Sickles' big board remains the same. The board is a large map of the town, highlighted in yellow where power has been restored. Though much of the board is covered by the neon yellow, large portions of the board remain white, or without light. 

Little has changed on the big board over the past couple of days and in both towns, wires that were downed when Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey with full force nearly two weeks ago largely remained untouched.

Sickles said JCP&L has been saying the right thing, though they've failed to follow up with the major needed to repair primary lines and large jobs. In Shrewsbury and Red Bank, power restoration has meant isolating those areas where significant work still needs to be done and leaving it - and the residents and businesses located there - until later.

As of Thursday, mayors in both towns remained without power. But while Shrewsbury Mayor Donald Burden has been more forgiving, Red Bank Mayor Pat Menna has lambasted the utility on his public Facebook page and has promised to stop making excuses for JCP&L's delay. 

There is one positive, however, though admittedly it's but a small consolation. Today brings sunny skies along with temperatures that are expected to rise to the mid 50's today. It's a welcome departure for those without power as the recent nor'easter brought several inches of snow and temperatures in the low 30's to the much of the Greater Red Bank area.

adria magnus November 09, 2012 at 02:56 PM
I'm on E Bergen and still have no power. There is a downed wire on the block and we've yet to see a single utility truck of any ilk in the area. Clearly, its being ignored as we go into day 12 without power. This is beyond unacceptable.
Smiley14 November 09, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I have been without power also from day one....and then I read in Manalapan Patch this morning that some areas in Manalapan lost power AGAIN during the snow and JCP and L crews are there now to fix the situation. How come we in Red Bank have to wait 11 days but Manalapan get it on and off in a day.
Shar Dreicer November 09, 2012 at 05:59 PM
No one is giving us information as to why the delay. I think most people would feel better if we had some accurate information. Shame on JCPL! Day 12 in Red Bank!
Allie November 09, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Why is JCP&L website not updated from yesterday regarding the estimated times for restoration ? Says 11.8
Heather November 09, 2012 at 09:56 PM
My husband and I also live in Red Bank on Wallace street We have had no power for 12 days and when we called JCP&L we were told that "no outages have been reported in our area". Awesome. Lets just say we are crossing our fingers for power by Sunday but not holding our breaths.
Daniel November 10, 2012 at 03:42 AM
I spole to the gentlemen in the truck which is watching the downed lines on Washington Street. Apparently they are a hired 3rd party to watch a fiber optic line that is running to the hospital. They are there to make sure no one "messes up" that wire. Sounds like red tape to me...
rbresident November 10, 2012 at 11:07 PM
One thing everyone has to remember, the guys in the trucks are NOT to blame. They don't just drive around and CAN'T just drive around and see wires down and go ok lets fix them. They are given orders of where to go and have to stick to those orders with fear of losing there job if not doing so.
Barney November 10, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Mayor Burden cannot handle the negotiations. He and his liberal cronies just want more tax money.
Fred M November 11, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Only way elec co can get better is more practice..More practice means more hurricanes...The hell with that...How the heck do you prepare for outages and devastations like this when you never dealt with this before..Being prepared is one thing but reality is another...
Fred M November 11, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Practice makes Perfect


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