A Message from Mayor Carey on the Storm
Posted: August 5, 2020
Dear Randolph Residents,
First and foremost, I hope everyone is safe and healthy after experiencing the impact of Tropical Storm Isaias on Tuesday. While the storm’s presence in Randolph was not prolonged, it was intense.
Thankfully, we are not aware of any township residents who experienced physical injuries due to the storm. However, several homes and buildings incurred structural damage with some being left uninhabitable. As you have probably seen firsthand, many trees and power lines were downed in Randolph during the storm and as a result approximately 90% of Randolph residents were left without power.
Our first responders, police, fire fighters and department of public works staff have been working aggressively to remove trees, open roads and intersections and ensure public safety. Randolph Township has been and continues to be in ongoing communication with the Morris County Office of Emergency Management and JCP&L to report damage in Randolph, monitor remediation efforts and assess timelines for prompt restoration of power to residents.
Due to the extensive damage from the storm, approximately 50% of JCP&L customers in New Jersey lost power. JCP&L has assured us that they are working around-the-clock to restore power to all customers as quickly as possible, although due to the extent of the damage statewide, it may take several days for power to be fully restored. As part of their efforts in advance of the storm, JCP&L had secured more than 1,800 additional personnel from areas not impacted by the storm to assist in restoration efforts in those areas that were impacted.
We are aware that many branches came down during the storm. We will be sending out information next week about additional curbside branch pick up to assist residents with clean up.
For Randolph residents in need of charging electronics, the Randolph community center is open as a charging station, subject to social distancing limitations.
Please stay safe and know that Randolph township staff and officials are working diligently to assist residents and get us back to normal as quickly as possible.
Remember that downed wires should be reported to JCP&L and to the Randolph police department. Residents should never go near a downed power line. For updated information on JCP&L’s current outages, visit the JCP&L website.
Mayor Christine Carey