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Some Rockland Electric Customers To Get Power Wednesday, Schools Closed

Wyckoff Police Chief says others will have to wait up to another week. He also said Wyckoff schools are closed at least Monday and Tuesday.

Roughly 1,400 of the 2,150 Rockland Electric customers in Wyckoff who remain without power could see it restored Wednesday, but the rest may have to wait another week, according to authorities, who also said Wykoff schools will be closed at least on Monday and Tuesday, with a decision on the rest of the week coming Tuesday.

“We’re constantly pressing the utilities; we’re constantly trying to figure out what’s going on,” Wyckoff Police Chief Benjamin Fox told Patch. “This is a storm that they’ve never dealt with before. That’s the magnitude of the damage to their system.”

He added that Sandy “has essentially destroyed their complete infrastructure.”

Rockland Electric customers get their power primarily from a distribution line that comes out of Allendale, and that line was “severely damaged,” Fox said, adding that the company is working to rebuild the entire transmission line.

That means the earliest Rockland Electric customers will have their power restored is Wednesday.

“On Wednesday they anticipate bringing back about 1,400 of the 2,150 people that are out,” Fox said. “The remaining customers will come on sometime between Wednesday and, they hope, Sunday, Nov. 11.”

Fox said the company could not provide any information as to which customers would be restored Wednesday and who would have to wait longer.

He also cautioned residents not to be misled by the many Orange and Rockland trucks they are likely to see in town in the coming days putting up poles, lifting wires, making other repairs and then leaving, saying that while it might look like everything is back to normal, customers still won’t have power because the company is still rebuilding the primary transmission line.

Fox said officials are also working with PSE&G to get a “more definitive timeframe” for power restoration for those customers and to determine whether there is something specifically preventing power from coming into Wyckoff, but that right now, officials are still telling PSE&G customers to anticipate about another week without.

“We will probably see restorations periodically over the course of the next week,” Fox said. “What I simply can’t get out of Public Service yet is whether there is something that’s preventing power from coming into Wyckoff that they can be more defining of.”

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Richard D. Cameron November 04, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Our township's elected officials are abject failures. They should be recalled or impeached. Total incompetence should not be acceptable to any Wyckoff resident!
Janet November 04, 2012 at 07:48 PM
got my electric back today...or possibly last night since was staying at relatives last night..also got cable and phone around 11am this morning. Live block from Wildlife Center on same side. Have Rockland Electric.
JR November 04, 2012 at 07:51 PM
You sound like a snob. Is Wyckoff somehow better than the surrounding towns and it deserves its power back immediately? What more could the town do?
Jon November 04, 2012 at 08:32 PM
our township officials have been nothing short of fantastic, the issues are around the power companies and how they are set up to respond, and more importantly the fact that we have our wires above ground like its 1912 not 2012, we need to change the way power is delivered and burying the lines is step one, I know cost is an issue but one storm pays for itself. These power companies could double even triple their staff it wouldn't help..
JR November 04, 2012 at 09:43 PM
State law has required underground lines for all new construction for years. But there is not much that can be done about the old system and/or damaged substations.
YCOUGHER November 04, 2012 at 10:03 PM
As the days grow colder, the hearts and spirits of Wyckoff glow with warmth. This storm has transformed itself into an opportunity to build an even stronger sense of community. As my husband and I strolled about town today, stories of helping one another were shared by those we encountered. Township officials, focused on the greater good, have rolled up their sleeves alongside residents, doing everything possible for our community. The communication has been transparent, timely, and appreciated. After a crushing storm, Wyckoff has emerged more resilient than ever. Thank you to all for coming together.
Evalyn Lambert November 04, 2012 at 11:46 PM
I think living in Wyckoff is what living in a third world country must be like, how can the situation for the residents without electricity for a week or more be acceptable? What have the town officials done other than to serve as apologists for the inept utility companies who obviously do not care about Wyckoff residents Evalyn Lambert
Eric November 05, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Heres what I have to say. Get working quickly or take your god damn power lines out of here it's a mockery to leave several 100 families powerless for extensive periods of time. If you can't do your job, quit. People are trying to return to normalcy but can't because of the lazy bastards working for the power company known as "orange and cockland". If a main feeder has blown why not take the time day or night to fix it. It comes down to being a good person. I had been very accommodating to people without power until mine mysteriously went out mid week. I was being the good person and should be treated like a good person. If you're unhappy with your pay maybe you should have thought about your annual salary in correlation to the amount of work you have to put in on a daily basis. BE A GOOD PERSON QUIT BITCHING AND DO YOUR FRICKING JOB BEFORE PEOPLE REVOLT. DOWN WITH O&R.
JR November 05, 2012 at 02:11 AM
http://wyckoff.patch.com/articles/wyckoff-mayor-slams-utilities-disorganized-frustrating-response
Jon November 05, 2012 at 02:13 AM
take a look at these pics and complain you don't have power 5 days after a historic storm hit the most densely populated part of this country,,,http://www.google.com/search?q=breezy+point+sandy&hl=en&client=safari&rls=en&prmd=imvnsu&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=XiCXUKLxLeng0gHayIHAAQ&ved=0CF8QsAQ&biw=1979&bih=1308
qdogPa November 05, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Sheez, this was a MAJOR storm and not having power is terrible, but i bet anyone who actually lost a home would change places with any of you complainers in 1 minute
david brown November 05, 2012 at 03:03 AM
got power back in my neighborhood and Boiulder Run, all Rockland I believe.
Concerned November 05, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Let's not kid ourselves. Paramus does have a large impact in the outcome of the voting on this law. There is a lot of campaigning in Paramus and I have NO ISSUE with them retaining Blue Laws or their campaigning. That is democracy. The issue I have is why is the law at a county level? Let each town vote themselves and be done with this issue. I think the Blue Laws in Wyckoff are ridiculous but I completely understand Paramus having them.
Concerned November 05, 2012 at 03:16 AM
I would hope that all agree and I am sure all feel bad for those less fortunate. We just want the company we have been paying and relying on for years to take care of us in acceptable timeframe. They were horrible during both storms last year so there is history here. We were out for 5-6 days BOTH times last year.
Kevin November 05, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Insane the stats here are wrong. Orange and Rockland only have 975 people out in Wyckoff as we speak. They are working hard and moving ahead of schedule. Seems like Wednesday will be the day it will come back for all of Wyckoff. Not the worst thing to have power out, just frustrating.
Nicole H November 05, 2012 at 06:02 AM
You people complaining about not having power need to shut the hell up. I live in Wyckoff, have not had power since Monday, which also means I don't have water either since I have a well and can't complain. You know why, because at least I have a home right now. You all should consider yourself LUCKY, you have a home. Imagine losing everything? Go take a look at Staten Island, the Jersey Shore, Long Island, etc. We are LUCKY. Instead of taking the time bitching on here about whos to blame about getting power back, or having no power, or saying Wyckoff is like a third world country (LOL - thats a joke) go and volunteer. Go help out, donate clothes, food, etc. They need it right now. They have NOTHING.
Nikola Radisic November 05, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Wyckoff got hit hard folks, but folks on Long Island, in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Shore lost everything. Having no power is a bitch, but it does not compare to folks who lost loved ones or their homes washed away...perspective matters, no matter how bad we think we have it. Good luck to all in getting power back ASAP...
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