HACKENSACK, NJ – The Bergen County Executive is calling on PSEG to reimburse the cost of spoiled food, medication, and perishable commercial merchandise for all New Jersey residents and businesses who lost power for more than 48 consecutive hours due to Tropical Storm Isaias.
The storm, which occurred on August 4, doused the state and particularly Bergen County with heavy rain followed by high winds causing downed trees and power lines, leaving many area residents without power for close to a week.
PSEG states they will not cover claims against them for "acts of God like weather-related conditions," an agreement in their service contract approved by the State of New Jersey.
Bergen County Executive James Tedesco is also calling on the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to adopt legislation that requires utility companies to make this standard practice.
“At time when residents are already dealing with the hardship of the ongoing global health crisis, this is a common sense action to take that will help thousands of New Jersey residents," Tedesco said in a press release yesterday. "It is my hope that not only will residents and businesses receive this assistance following Isaias, but that reimbursement [for] spoiled food, medication, and perishable commercial merchandise becomes a utility company requirement for future power interruptions."