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Fanwood Update, Wed. 95% of Power Back On, Threatened by Snow, Some Schools Open Thursday

Mindy Scarlett

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 • 7:00pm

FANWOOD, NJ - Updated 7 pm Wednesday

Power went back out for a short time late today in a small part of the northeast quadrant where it had been restored, then came on again. As we learned from PSE&G on today's conference call, these are believed to be controlled outages that are actually a part of bringing back more of an affected power circuit. There are still some individual homes without power and we are working closely with PSE&G to bring them back as well.

WEATHER

The forecast from the National Weather Service calls for snow and wind overnight into Thursday. PSE&G has assured us that their crews will continue working, stopping only if winds reach 40 MPH, which would make it unsafe for them.

DELAYED OPENING THURSDAY FOR HIGH SCHOOL, MIDDLE SCHOOLS

Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, Park Middle School and Terrill Middle School will all be on delayed opening schedules Thursday with bus service. All four elementary schools will remain closed.

SHELTERS

  • Evangel Church, 1251 Terrill Road, Scotch Plains, will provide overnight shelter, warming, device charging and limited food.
  • The Union County shelter, Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Street, Cranford, continues to be operational. They recommend you call ahead, 908-709-7283 (press “2” for the shelter). Bring your own bedding and medications. Pets are welcome.

CHARGING/WARMING STATIONS

  • Fanwood Memorial Library, North Avenue and Tillotson Road (9AM-9PM, 20 minute limit, WIFI)
  • Chelsea Senior Living, 295 South Avenue (9AM-8PM, warming only)

MUNICIPAL COURT CLOSED THURSDAY

Call 908-322-6750 to reschedule.

 

Our survey, as of 10AM, finds that the majority of homes and businesses have had power restored. However, we know there are several streets and a number of individual homes where residents are still without power. We know PSE&G crews are out there working and we are closely monitoring their progress.

POWER INTERRUPTIONS
As we saw yesterday, it is possible for power, once restored, to be temporarily interrupted again as crews work to fix power circuits. PSE&G tells us this may happen as they continue to work to fully restore power in the region. Any questions about power restoration should be directed to PSE&G's customer service number, 800-436-PSEG.

WEATHER
The forecast from the National Weather Service calls for a mixture of rain, sleet, snow and wind beginning now and continuing overnight into Thursday. PSE&G has assured us that their crews will continue working through the impending rain and snow, stopping only if winds reach 40 MPH, which would make it unsafe for them.

PUBLIC WORKS
Fanwood DPW crews will continue to clear brush, branches and leaves. A reminder that if you have a private tree service cut down a tree or other branches, it is your responsibility to dispose of it.

SHELTER

  • Evangel Church, 1251 Terrill Road, Scotch Plains, will open 7PM-7AM to provide overnight shelter, warming, device charging and limited food.
  • The Union County shelter, Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Street, Cranford, continues to be operational. They recommend you call ahead, 908-709-7283 (press “2” for the shelter). Bring your own bedding and medications. Pets are welcome.

CHARGING/WARMING STATIONS

  • Fanwood Memorial Library, North Avenue and Tillotson Road (9AM-9PM, 20 minute limit, WIFI)
  • Fanwood Rescue Squad, 123 Watson Road (9AM-5PM, NOW OFFERING WIFI)
  • Chelsea Senior Living, 295 South Avenue (9AM-8PM, warming only)

MUNICIPAL COURT CLOSED THURSDAY
Call 908-322-6750 to reschedule.


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