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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Eaton twuts November 01, 2012 at 09:15 PM
When can we vote you out. Burnnet first, now you
Lawrence November 02, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Haven't seen a Rockland truck in Wyckoff yet. This company always attends to its NY customers first. Is there any reason why any Bergen County town uses them other than they were here before PSEG? Time to get rid of them.
Bob Brown November 02, 2012 at 11:43 AM
No electrical company can even attempt to restore power to Wyckoff until the town clears all the trees. Can't turn on the juice while lines are on top of trees. The town has done nothing but clear the leaves of people's lawns. Every tree that was an issue Tuesday morning is still an issue today (Friday morning).
Don Roman November 02, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Gregory road still has trees directly across the road and live wires laying on it.
David November 02, 2012 at 12:09 PM
With Rockland Electric being a subsidiary of ConED how can we ever be assured that the assets from Bergen County were not first used in NY to help resotre things there before moving into Bergen County to do work. They should have made de energizing wires across the street the main priority so that the trees could be removed. There should have been crews working on this from the beginning but so far you cannot find a crew anywhere in Wyckoff. When this is over a thorough investigation of the response of Rockland Electric, including resource allocation, extra resources brought in, hours worked, and how their plan was implemented needs to be investigated.
The Truth November 02, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Hey Bob Brown - instead of using this web site to display your ignorance and spread false information, why don't you actually read some of the articles. It's not the town's responsibility to clear trees that have wires tangled up in them - the electric companies have to clear the wires first. The town can only clear trees and debris that aren't encumbered by electrical wires. Here's some reading for you - get educated: http://wyckoff.patch.com/articles/mayor-pressing-utilities-as-wyckoff-goes-into-another-night-without-power "Many of the obstructed roads haven't been cleared because downed electrical wires pose a significant threat, not only to DPW crews, but passersby." "Some PSE&G crews have been in the township working on blocked roads and other "serious situations" where wires were involved. They removed wires and cut up trees or just removed the wires and turned [the tree removal] over to the DPW."
Lauren Faustini November 02, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Where????? Have not seen 1 truck
Bob Brown November 02, 2012 at 01:31 PM
The Truth, You must work for the town. Have you seen anyone else claim to have seen utility vehicles around? In fact, the member who posted after you said, "There should have been crews working on this from the beginning but so far you cannot find a crew anywhere in Wyckoff" when referring to Rockland Electric. The person after that also claim to have no seen one truck. I myself have not seen any trucks. So while it is fantastic that the article says ""Many of the obstructed roads haven't been cleared because downed electrical wires pose a significant threat, not only to DPW crews, but passersby", no Wyckoff resident have seen any improvements and more importantly are still without electricity. I appreciate you getting quotations from previous articles. If you read the one above, it speaks about the Franklin Lakes situation and specifically its dealing with Rockland Electric when it says, "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. That's great for Franklin Lakes and many of our friends who are Rockland Electric customers in Franklin Lakes did get their power restored yesterday. Clearly Franklin Lakes is doing what is necessary to restore power to their residents where Wyckoff is not. Whether it is because the workers in town cannot work on downed wires by trees or whether it's the utility company's, Ramsey has seen power come back on, Mahwah
Bob Brown November 02, 2012 at 01:34 PM
, Paramus, and recently Franklin Lakes. It appears that you are trying to protect the township in saying "it's not our fault", but it is difficult for people who have been out of power for Monday to accept that as the town's answer. We continue to see our friends in other towns have power restored but do not see any progress in Wyckoff. While you feel strongly about your opinions you would be hard pressed to find others who are happy with the progress, are happy with the excuse of there's nothing we can do about it, and feel the same way as you.
Janet November 02, 2012 at 01:39 PM
From Wyckoff itself in an email to residents: PSE&G and Orange and Rockland advise us that they continue to repair their substations damaged in the hurricane. Once this is completed, we have been advised that crews can then be dispatched into neighborhoods to restore power. Further details will be provided as soon as we have them.
The Truth November 02, 2012 at 01:56 PM
No, I don't work for the town nor am I defending them as it seems you'd like to think I am - I'm a Wyckoff resident who is as frustrated as everyone else with the lack of response on the part of the utility companies to clear the wires from the trees to allow the resultant debris to be cleared by either them or the town and get the power restored. But nice try at the deflection of the issue, Bob, which was the fact that you were spreading misinformation about the town being responsible for clearing wires from trees and not the utility companies. No different than Franklin Lakes or any other town. So get your facts straight. Wyckoff's influence over the electric companies' response to the power problem vs. Franklin Lakes influence is an entirely different issue that I couldn't even begin to speculate about (unlike you). Why don't you go down to Town Hall in Wyckoff and ask them and report back. At least we might begin to get some accurate information from you.
Jennifer CM November 02, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Janet, I received the same email. However, the statement contained therein is simpl not true. From O&R's own Facebook and Twitter activity, they have restored service to 100,000 customers. Yet the number of Bergen County customers restored is at maybe one thousand. Are we to believe that all of those 100,000 were restored simply due to their substation work, despite seeing crews dispatched in various Orange and Rockland county towns and in Oakland and Franklin Lakes? I really hope that our Township officials are not simply accepting whatever story they are being told by O&R, especially when that story is inconsistent at best.
Mary Faber November 02, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Tree and power lines down on Orchard Lane/nutmeg and I have seen people jogging on wires, dog walking on wires. Three houses have driveways blocked-the town has NOT been there.
Mary Faber November 02, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Last year's storm-one resident went to Franklin Lakes Rd and had to hail down out of state utility trucks to repair Orchard Lane-after 1 week in the dark. Everyone else was being repaired- Orchard Lane always the forgotten street.
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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