Orange and Rockland on the Road in Franklin Lakes, Mayor Bivona Says

Four utility crews are on Franklin Lakes streets following "high level conversations" between the borough and the utility company, according to Mayor Frank Bivona

Four Orange & Rockland Utility crews were in Franklin Lakes on Thursday helping the borough remove downed trees and clear roads, according to Mayor Frank Bivona.

"The Borough was able to hold high level conversations with Orange and Rockland Electric last night and this morning," Bivona wrote in a borough wide email Thursday.  

Officials were seeing significant activity Thursday morning throughout the borough, with Orange & Rockland working on transmission lines and sub-stations that feed Franklin Lakes and surrounding areas. 

Bivona said that many residents have no power by virtue of downed transmission or sub-station infrastructure, and once those are repaired some power will come back. 

"Others have lost power due to the tremendous amount of trees and wires down." according to Bivona. "In those cases, power is more difficult to restore."

He added that the borough had to have O&R crew on site "de-energizing wires and clearing large trees off of wires" before restoration could begin.

"We have four O&R crews here now," Bivona wrote just before noon on Thursday. "They are focused on clearing trapped households and blocked county roads. Our DPW crews are assisting them only after the wires are de-energized and it is safe to do so. After roads are cleared and trees are out of the wires, then they will work on power restoration."

Other sites will follow in the priority listing, he said.

Franklin Lakes Office of Emergency Management reported that as of 3 p.m. O&R restored power to more than 500 borough homes "in the last 24 hours."

That still leaves 85 percent of Franklin Lakes without power, according to the borough OEM.

"Most residents that were unable to leave their homes because of trees or wires blocking them in, are now able to get out, and most roads that had been blocked are now clear," the OEM wrote in an email to residents on Thursday afternoon.

"I know how difficult this is for everyone and after two days of little activity we are now seeing some progress," Bivona wrote. "Once again, thank you for your patience."

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David November 02, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Janet, you cannot take Rockland electric's word at face value as there is plenty of other work they could have been doing while substation work was on going. Trees resting on wires cannot be removed by tree companies without the utility being present and confirming that the system is deengized. That has not happend at all yet. Also since they are owned by Con Ed you never no where there priorities are.
Mary Faber November 02, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Why doesn't NJ get rid of Rockland and use PSE&G?
Theresa Rizzuto November 03, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Has Govenor Christie and Wyckoff's local officials forgotten about Wyckoff? Christie's website does not even mention Orange & Rockland & we have yet to see any trucks in Wyckoff!!! Totally unacceptable!
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