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Updated: Millburn Township info on FEMA, water conservation, power outages, road closures

updated: 11:24 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.

The following is the latest information released Saturday morning by Lt. Peter Eakley of the Millburn Police Department and the Office of Emergency Management, posted here in its entirety:

1) Millburn Township OEM met with representatives of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), New Jersey State Police Office of Emergency Management, and the Essex County Sheriffs Office – Office of Emergency Management this morning and took a tour of the to inspect the damage by Hurricane Irene. FEMA stated that individual assistance (IA) and Small Business Administration (SBA) personnel will be on the ground within the week to start to offer eligible assistance, including low interests loans. As this information becomes formalized we will ensure that information is readily available to our and businesses.

2)  Since , the bottle water distribution center at South Mountain School will be closed today at 1:30 p.m.  New Jersey American Water Company intends to move most of the remaining water to people in Somerset County whose homes are still underwater.

3) We are still asking our residents to sprinklers for the next week to preserve/increase pressure in the New Jersey American Water Companies distribution system. The Millburn Fire Department will still maintain the

4) Power is still off to the Chatham Road area, South Terrace, Montview Road, Lake Road, East Lane and Lakeview Road Area. We have been on the phone with the electric company. stated they are confident the power will be on later today, but we have all heard this before and do not share in their confidence. JCP&L mapping programs state that there are 957 customers still without power in our Township.

5) The following roads are still closed:

  • Intersection of East Lane and Lake Road is still closed – low hanging wires de-energized
  • Lakeview Avenue between West Road and Route 124 – low hanging wires de-energized
  • Brookside Drive between Glen Avenue and South Orange Avenue (because of debris removal)


3:15 p.m. update from Lt. Eakley, of the Millburn Police and Office of Emergency Management, in its entirety:

The Following is the list of known major power outages in the Township of Millburn. Jersey Central Power and Lighting Company have been notified of all these locations, multiple times.

They are unable to provide meaningful information on not only when power restoration will occur, but also when their service crews will arrive on scene.

Millburn OEM will continue to apply whatever pressure we can. At 1500 hours, Millburn Police Patrol Division reports that not one JCPL crew can be found working in the Township.

Once again, the frustration level of our friends and neighbors is felt by this municipality and we will be applying pressure via all avenues to ensure that JCPL is held accountable for their response and recovery efforts during this storm.

 At this juncture (3 September 2011 at 1500 hours / 3:00 PM) JCPL reports that 909 customers in the Township of Millburn are still without power. We are unsure of how valid that information is, as many of our residents have received robocalls from JCPL stating their power has been restored, when it has not been.

Power is still off to the following areas:  

  • Chatham Road area
  • South Terrace area
  • Montview Road area
  • Lake Road area
  • East Lane area
  • Lakeview Road area
  • Park Road / Circle area
  • Fairfield Drive area
  • Fairfield Terrace area

  The following roads are still closed:

  •   Intersection of East Lane and Lake Road is still closed – low hanging wires de-energized
  •  Lakeview Road between West Road and Route 124, - low hanging wires de-energized
  • Brookside Drive between Glen Avenue and South Orange Avenue (because of debris removal)
R September 03, 2011 at 06:04 PM
I am impressed. An officer of Emergency Management. It appears that the City of Summit does not have one, and if they do, he/she has been asleep at the switch. Well done, Millburn.The City of Summit has a lot to learn about the true purpose of government...informing the citizens, advocating for them and providing essential services...not bicycle paths and patting ourselves on the back for being "green" is not your job. PS just about every other town had detour signs posted. In Summit we were on our own, much to the aggravation of commuters trying to get to work this week and tearing down side streets at breakneck speed because they encountered another roadblock/closed street. Oh yes, where have our city councilmen been? Not a peep. When I lived in a large City in New York our local councilman/woman would make it a point to find out what was going on with their constituents and report back. Why weren't they going from street to street and performing their own assessments. I had to go to City Hall to ask them to put up a barricade because we literally had hundreds of cars turn onto Kent Place Blvd, only to travel a few hundred yards and have to make a U-turn because there was a HUGE tree across the road. To add insult to injury, a Summit DPW truck loaded with street closed signs and barricades made at least 4 trips down the block and had to make the same U-turn. Police dispatch asked me what I wanted done. Isn't that their job to know what to do?
cecile oringer September 03, 2011 at 06:37 PM
Thank you Lt. Eakley and Mayor Haimoff for your attention and concern for the residents of Millburn/Short Hills. The communication provided by the Office of Emergency Management was excellent. It is a public disgrace that a public utility company (JCP&L) provides little or no information to Township Officials. Perhaps, the residents of Millburn Township should attend the hearings as well. Also, there was probably deferred maintenance on their equipment.
Mark Josephson September 03, 2011 at 08:03 PM
I wish the Township would open the dump tomorrow. I bet lots of people have things to bring down there. Anyone from Township watching this thread?
millresident September 03, 2011 at 08:49 PM
you want to thank the mayor?? Please! She only jumped on the bank wagon because every other politician did! Not until the unnamed state elected official showed up in South Mountain did we begin to hear from our "mayor". She deserves NO credit for anything. The credit goes to Lt Pete Eakley (OEM) and our outstanding FIRE,POLICE, and DPW! Drive through other towns after this mess or after a snow storm. No one does a job like Millburn does, and do NOT credit our township committee for this.
Alex September 03, 2011 at 10:21 PM
I reall hope there's a way to get rid of failed JCP&L in this area.
Richard Estes September 04, 2011 at 01:32 AM
I agree. I hope the Township continues in emergency crisis mode throughout the Labor Day weekend. While it is comforting to get power back at last on Park Rd/Park Circle this afternoon, there is still the matter of curbside debris on our street. Monday's forecast calls for 1-3" of rain and street fronts will look even worse if the Township does not redouble efforts to pick up debris Sunday and Monday. This will pose an additional problem if children and school buses are expected to navigate the mess come Tuesday morning.
Richard Estes September 04, 2011 at 01:39 AM
Indeed, how many residents received ESTIMATED bills from JCP&L in their mailboxes yesterday for RECORD amounts? is anyone intending to pay these people until they actually show up at our houses and record our much LOWER ACTUAL energy usage for August??
nm September 04, 2011 at 02:34 AM
Does anyone know the last time our mayor, or county executive or state senator spoke with Governor Christie? What is he doing to get us power? Mayor, how do we flood his phones and emails?


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