Frustration Boils Over For Those Still Without Power

Several hundred on their fifth day without electricity

Jan Laszlo has given up.

Laszlo, owner of Hunters Run Farm on Belmar Boulevard, says she's called Jersey Central Power & Light 100 times, or at least it seems like it, since she lost power on her 50-acre horse farm at 1 a.m. Sunday.

She's tracked down individual JCP&L trucks and begged that someone come to mend the downed wire that is cutting off electricity to the pump that brings water to the 65 horses she boards.

She’s gone through three generators trying to keep power to her refrigerator and two outlets. They keep burning out from overuse.

“I’ve stopped calling,’’ Laszlo said. “It was just making me angry, and I didn’t want to keep getting angry.’’

So she put up a sign instead. It at once expresses her annoyance and calls attention to the plight of the horses in her care.

Between 100 and 400 residents and businesses in town remained without power Thursday afternoon, down from more than 1,000 Wednesday as crews continue to restore electricity following Hurricane Irene.

In Monmouth County, JCP&L is reporting that 19,000 to 22,000 customers are still without electricity.

Outage information from the electricity company fluctuates from minute to minute as crews work to restore power.

But its now been five days. And frustration like Laszlo’s is mounting.

“I know they have their hands full, and I know there are people worse off than we are,’’ Laszlo said. “But I don’t think it would take more than an hour to fix.’’

In a release late Tuesday the company said those customers still without power would likely be brought back online by the weekend, with full power restored system wide by early next week.


In response to the outage, will be open until 7 p.m. through Friday, according to a flyer hand-delivered by Public Works employees on Wednesday. Residents without power can charge their electronic devices, watch television and hang out.

Also, the Red Cross will be providing dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Center and Lloyd streets in Freehold Thursday.

Laszlo said she'll continue on without power, since she has no choice. For now, the third generator she's bought is running the water pump to get water to the horses.

Hopefully, she said, that one will hold out.

Laurie Aromando September 01, 2011 at 04:24 PM
Tilton's Corner Road - Windfield and Gladfield drive are still out! We are always the first to go off and the last to go on. Our transformer is old, but we only have 44 homes on this transformer ... JCP&L does not feel it's "worth it" for them to update the old transformer!
Snapperhead September 01, 2011 at 07:03 PM
"We care about profits not people". We could of had power restored to 90% of the county by Monday. But that would upset the bottom line. Who cares if it takes 2 weeks to restore power. We have to control costs. Our shareholders love the way I am managing this. Don't forget about that 15% rate increase.
crazy lady September 01, 2011 at 08:30 PM
You were told before the storm hit that it could be 3-5 days without power. Even longer depending on the severity. I'm sorry but people today are so spoiled and impatient. They are working their butts off and well enough said .
crazy lady September 01, 2011 at 09:53 PM
Your explanation? We went through a category1 hurricane. Major destruction everywhere. Depending on what caused the issues depends on how long it is to fix it. Be happy u have a home unlike those who lost theirs, some here and furthur north. I mean really what do you want an explanation of how many wires, trees, transformers, poles came down? When those workers read these comments it must make them all feel so great.
Shad September 01, 2011 at 11:47 PM
Still out of power? How can local residents help this woman and her animals?
crazy lady September 02, 2011 at 12:18 AM
Maybe sOmeone can get a water tanker to the farm? Anyone have that capability? Maybe the humane society has the right contacts?
Sean Conneamhe September 02, 2011 at 03:40 AM
Be prepared. Get off the grid. Use propane, solar, and wind on the farms.
Wall Resident September 02, 2011 at 11:56 AM
Question for crazy lady, are you out of power?
Courtney September 02, 2011 at 01:08 PM
i agree with crazy lady we were all told it would be awhile before the power came back on maybe if we were more prepared it wouldnt be that big of a deal!!!! But getting mad at the JCP&L workers isnt going to get anyone anywere my friend works for the eltric company and he has been out everyday for 12 hours a day trying to get everyones power back on he hasnt done nothing sceance the storm but work his ass off!!! So maybe we could try and cut them a break its not like thier not trying!!!!
jim dirienzo September 02, 2011 at 01:22 PM
I spoke with a representative of JCPL who stated that the power outages in wall township area were due to flooding and fallen trees and branches. In th past I have communicated with the township and the power company concerning the amount of tree limbs and branches that remain untrimmed around the power lines and suggested they trim them to avoid damage during wind and rain storms. Apparently this advice went unheeded and the results were lines and poles damage. A little preventive maintenance on these trees will go a long way during future storms and perhaps save some lives. Please consider putting some political pressure on JCPL to become proactive in this matter. Thank you for writing
Wall Resident September 02, 2011 at 02:33 PM
It's funny how everyone has such strong words with their comments. Wondering if the people with the harsh words are out of electric?
Wall Resident September 02, 2011 at 02:45 PM
I did prepare for the power outage and I do not have any trees in the area. There isn't any damage on our street, no flooding. We were out for 30 hours then back on for 12 and now have been off for five days. I would never complain about the workers, they have been killing themselves. Our transmitter blew and the fuse blew out. We are only 6 houses on a small dead end forgotten street. Have spent a ton of money we do not have. This poor woman has animals that could die and everyone has to write horrible comments. This is exactly why when Keith asked me to tell my story I wouldn't because I knew how many mean people there are in the world. My neighbor lost her mother on Wednesday in her house. They had to have the funeral during the hurricane, then lost power that night. She had to move out of her house because the darkness was to much for her to handle knowing she lost her mom there three days earlier. Can you prepare for that? I just can't believe how mean someone can be!
Wall Resident September 02, 2011 at 04:51 PM
Well said Sharon!
Wall Resident September 02, 2011 at 04:52 PM
These comments are so upsetting to me!
Snapperhead September 02, 2011 at 07:13 PM
I feel your pain Jen. 6 days and still no power. Nobody is blaming the workers. They have been killing themselves day & night throughout this ordeal. It's the management that sucks. No planning; no communication about what is going on. Hey JCP&L: how about a press conference. Can we get 1 employee to our st to replace an inline fuse. It's a 30 min job. Give me the part I will do it myself.
Wall Resident September 03, 2011 at 12:52 AM
We have a really tall ladder behind our shed, let's do it!!!!


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