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Day 9: Seriously? Nine Days?

Lots of people have it worse, yes, but we could do a lot more to help them if we had power ourselves

Nine days.

This is the ninth day without power in large chunks of Wall Township – a town that was largely spared from the wholesale destruction that Hurricane Sandy wrought on our nearest neighbors.

Jersey Central Power & Light says there are about 2,500 still without power in town. Our informal survey of Wall Patch readers leads us to believe that number is higher.

And in just hours, another serious storm is about to bear down on the area.

Although there are certainly pockets, some larger than others, around town that are also without power, the areas hardest hit in town appear to be in North Wall. Those are the areas in greatest proximity to the JCP&L substation on Brighton Avenue and Marconi Road, where on Tuesday a phalanx of utility workers gathered and appeared to be working feverishly to repair damage to the facility.

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Officials have said the station suffered significant damage during the storm. The number of workers and trucks and activity there Tuesday supports that.

If you’re still without power, call JCP&L again. And again. Their number is 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877).

No, it’s not as bad as losing your house. No it’s not as bad as five feet of water in your basement, or your entire street being wiped out or large portions of the beach in your living room, but nine days without power is going to wear on your nerves, no question.

Below, feel free to complain, kvetch, and get it out in the comments section below. It’s fine, really. Let’s just try to keep it clean.

Eric D. Brophy November 07, 2012 at 04:36 PM
I'm sure most of us noticed that Foster's gas station didn't have a problem opening its gas pumps as soon as the power came back in his neighborhood to take advantage of the crisis. After volunteering in Belmar for the past week, I can tell you that they know how to prepare and respond to such events. The entire town is out and they have no problem communicating with the residents. They go above and beyond. At least once a day they send out a robocall (which Wall has done, incessantly), but Belmar has also sent volunteers out EVERY SINGLE DAY (and on some days twice a day) to go door to door to hand out daily information flyers advising residents what services are available and the status of issues. Surely Wall has the resources to to that, or maybe they are too busy picking out fancy new garbage trucks. Or, maybe the Wall Committee is still holding to the GOP failed mantra of "pick yourself up by your bootstraps". Luckily, last night the nation proved that it doesn't buy that nonsense, especally when people really need help. Wall Committee, here's a suggestion, get a list of streets from JCP&L that are out of power and get the correct information to those neighborhoods. Maybe then try to work for the residents, rather than, in spite of them. The real difference between town hall in Wall and Belmar- leadership and compassion. Belmar has it and Wall doesn't.
Michael Ferrell November 07, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Running lines underground doesn't solve all problems.... Manhatten below 34th was out for days and it is all underground.
Bob C November 07, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Can't they throw some switches and move us onto another portion of the grid that's working? It's not like it's summertime with all those air conditioners taxing the line capacities.
Anne Sullivan-Reed November 07, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Residents need a Facebook page to get and give information. I'm thankful for your posts and agree wholeheartedly. Here's hoping power is restored today!
Anne Sullivan-Reed November 07, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Please post any updates on Marconi Rd., Wall. Thanks
sandy malanga November 07, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I, too, am without power. However, I consider myself extremely lucky. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy's devastation, I have a car, my family is safe, and I HAVE a home. Thousands of local residents are not that fortunate. So many have lost so much. The Jersey Shore as we know it is no more. The stress of this storm has made all of us frustrated and intolerant. When it starts to overwhelm me, I just think of those whose lives will never be the same. I commend the many volunteers in our community who are putting their personal problems aside to help the true victims. The first thing I will do when I am able to return to my home is look for a way to help.
KEITH November 07, 2012 at 07:16 PM
I FOR ONE,CAN NOT BELIVE THAT ITS TAKING THIS LONG TO GET POWER BACK!!! NEPTUNE , OCEAN , RED BANK, ETC ETC ALL HAVE POWER YET 9 DAYS NO POWER ,I AM VERY PISSED OFF I HAVE A 4 MONTH OLD AT HOME WITH A 10 YEAR OLD! I HAD TO GO OUT AND BUY A GENERATOR $$$$ AND NOW HAVE TO HAVE IT RUNNING 24-7 SO MY KIDS DO NOT FREEZE AND THAT MEANS MORE MONEY FOR GAS I AM UP TO $2200 AS OF TODAY . WITH CHRISTMAS AROUND THE CORNOR AND UP COMING SPORTS .WOW IS ALL I HAVE TO SAY!!! WAY TO GO FOR OUR TOWN FOR OUR PEOPLE
Meg November 07, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Good for you. I for one am pregnant and sick and need my power back on.
Bob Gibson November 07, 2012 at 07:20 PM
My moms house was destroyed in toms river. So along with jcpl. I'm fighting with FEMA and ins adjusters. Ready to snap! Btw. No one is complaint about cablevision / optimum. I hear they are a no show in wall. How are they flying under the radar without complaints?
Meg November 07, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Obviously if people have no power they dont' even know if their cable is working, right?
Mickey Brewster November 07, 2012 at 07:43 PM
The Cablevision office on 18th is open. Perhaps people can go there to watch the news? I know they're accepting payments. My Husband just went and paid our bill yesterday. Lets see if we get a credit.
Bob Gibson November 07, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Thx for that meg. I was talking about the ones with power and no cable or Internet to let family know they are ok Believe me I know it's not a priority were on day 9. Just haven't seen one optimum truck. And several Verizon. Don't dis me again please. Thx
Mickey Brewster November 07, 2012 at 07:52 PM
No dissing allowed. Just Bitching. Keith (Patch) made that very clear. We know we are lucky to have houses but it's still tough when you don't have power, hot water, or any way to cook!
Bob Gibson November 07, 2012 at 08:11 PM
I hear ya Mickey. Getting sick of peanut butter
Anne Sullivan-Reed November 07, 2012 at 08:11 PM
That's a beautiful post Sandy. It is so true to know the difference between aggravation and tragedy. I'm grateful also. Thanks for shining the light this way.
Mickey Brewster November 07, 2012 at 08:15 PM
As long as they don"t recall it Bob!
Anne Sullivan-Reed November 07, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Meg, I hope your power comes back on or someone can offer a place for you to have comfort.
Meg November 07, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Sorry, Bob, totally did not mean to dis you, I appologize if it came out that way! I was just thinking in terms of all of us with now power who cares if the cable also isn't working!
Anne Sullivan-Reed November 07, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Bob, Thinking of my mom, I can imagine her chime in with Mickey and say "suppose you have bread too?" :-)
Karen Lacey November 07, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Sea Girt Estates area in South Wall without power too. I'm not blaming anyone. I'm trying not to complain. But I feel toxic right now. Every time someone says "Oh! Come over! Do your laundry! Hang out in our warm home with food!" I want to punch them. Is that bad?
Anne Sullivan-Reed November 07, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Karen, we it's normal to have mixed feelings. You are not responsible to monitor them, only your actions. However, I wouldn't tell the people who are offering you things anything about these feelings.
Anne Sullivan-Reed November 07, 2012 at 09:08 PM
skip the we
Teri Hoffman November 07, 2012 at 10:34 PM
It doesn't seem to me that you have mixed feelings at all, Karen. I think your feelings are completely appropriate and normal, in their own strange and twisted way. If you are not responsible to monitor your feelings, who is?? Nothing mixed about feeling like punching your dear sweet friends!! I hope you enjoy wearing dirty clothes while sitting in the dark and freezing. I promise I won't ask you if you need anything, or at least, if I do, I will remember to duck. You have given fair warning.
Jay November 07, 2012 at 11:46 PM
We need to not just vent about this but also investigate and find out the reason why the electrical grid and sub station on Marconi rd. are so antiquated. Perhaps if all residents of Wall twp. refused to pay our JCPL bill for a few months as an act of civil disobedience they will see how serious we are about this problem. Hopefully local gov't will spearhead some sort of investigation on this.
jerseyswamps November 08, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Which neighborhoods do not have power?
Dave C November 08, 2012 at 03:06 AM
I will cut JCPL a little slack for the substation but once that is back up and running don't they need to fix the pole that is closing Marconi right up the road. How about while they fiddle with the substation they also address the pole so that once power is back it will get to Shark River Manor. I also would like to better understand why they can't do a better job of routing power from those areas that have it to those that don't but can be connected. I can only imagine if this were a much higher category storm. It's easy when everything is devastated and homes are gone not to expect power but when 99.9% of the homes are fine it is hard to understand. Again this is complaining when your are far luckier than others but it just seems that the restoration could have been better.
Karen November 08, 2012 at 11:54 AM
I know for a fact that the utility trucks are working around the clocks. I think its more important that people ban together now instead of complaining and finger pointing. I am in the North Wall area too, and have been without power since the beginning, but I found that helping those who are worse off than me preserved my sanity throughout this. In the process of helping I was able to see the selfless outpouring of concern, which has restored my faith in humanity. All I can feel is blessed right now that my family is safe.
Kathy Dweck November 08, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Like.
Mike November 08, 2012 at 03:47 PM
@jerseyswamps: Rockafeller Estates - Still. No. Power. There are parts of India that have lost and regained power four times since this storm left us. :)
jerseyswamps November 08, 2012 at 06:48 PM
That's probably so when you call JCP&L to complain they can put you through to their call center in India.

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