Updates on the Snowstorm Aftermath
Posted: November 4, 2011
Updated 11/4/11 at 12:15 p.m.
JCP&L has advised Randolph that power should be restored on all streets by midnight, tonight. Recognize that the best estimates received from JCP&L are fluid and subject to revision; further delays are possible based upon the extent of damage found out in the field.
If your power is not restored by tomorrow morning, please call JCP&L’s outage reporting telephone line at 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877). Placing this call is important because it will put you back in the queue on JCP&L’s list of customer outages to check.
Approximately thirty Randolph homes have damage to the connection located between the street and the house. JCP&L will not repair this damage—homeowners will need a licensed electrician to undertake the repair to their house connection.
Curbside collection of branches by public works is about to get underway. Note that the branch collection may take several months to complete due to the incredible volume. More info »
Curbside leaf collection is suspended indefinitely. It is likely that the program will not be re-instituted in 2012 due to the branch collections. Bagged leaves placed in biodegradable paper yard bags will be collected at curbside on Mondays. See the announcement added to the leaf collection article for details.
Updated 11/2/11 at 9:30 a.m.
JCP&L was able to reduce outages by more than half in the past 12 hours. According to their information site, 2,800 customers are still without power. Town officials have been advised that “real time” power restoration information will be received today from JCP&L. In the interim, it is recommended that residents without heat go to the library on Calais Road as the facility has internet access, a children’s room and bathroom facilities.
Updated 11/1/11 at 10:00 a.m.
Updated 11/1/11 at 9:30 a.m.
The Randolph VFW Building at 103 Carrell Road is being reopened today as a “warming center.” The center will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Updated 10/31/11 at 4:30 p.m.
The aftermath of Saturday’s record snowfall continues to impact Randolph. For some perspective, it is estimated that ten times the number of trees were damaged in town as compared with Hurricane Irene.
Halloween Trick or Treating Advisory
We have power lines, branches and trees down throughout the town. Snow is piled on the roadside and many sidewalks cannot be cleared. As evening arrives, black ice will add to the dangers. We advise all parents to keep their children inside tonight to minimize safety risks.
The Randolph VFW Building at 103 Carrell Road has been opened today as a “warming center.” The center will remain open until 8:00 p.m.
Power outages occurred across Randolph. During the storm on Saturday, service was out in about half of the town. Streets were blocked by fallen trees entangled in power lines which significantly slowed cleanup efforts. JCP&L crews are working in Randolph at this time. Priority repairs will target downed lines blocking streets. At this time, approximately 7,100 customers are without power.
The most up-to-date advice from JCP&L is that upwards of 4,000 customers will be restored on November 1, an additional 1,500 on the 2nd and the balance of outages addressed by day’s end on Friday. Updates will continue to be posted over the next several days.
Garbage and Recycling
Garbage and recycling services will begin tomorrow morning with no service interruptions anticipated.
Leaf collection is postponed until further notice. Randolph will pick up bagged leaves on Mondays throughout November.
It is anticipated that the removal of trees and branches will take a number of weeks if not several months to complete. Public Works is focusing on trees and limbs blocking roadways at this time. An announcement on the tree and branch collection schedule will be posted shortly.
If you are without power and require basement pumping, volunteer firemen will be called into service after 6:00 p.m. Please contact the Emergency Communications Center at 973.285.2900 if you need pumping services.
Parks and Trails
Parks and trails were not immune to fallen trees. Restoration of trails will not occur for several weeks until the town has addressed other priorities. Trail users must be especially cautious of damaged trees and limbs that could pose potential hazards.
We have experienced a record snow event for October. The damage to our town’s many trees is indeed sad. With time, the town will get back to normal. We ask that all citizens work with Randolph Township to help get our community back to normal.
We will continue to update this post as necessary.
John C. Lovell, Township Manager