With approximately 90 percent of Westfield homes without power in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Westfield resident Gary McCready has created an interactive map that will allow residents to update information regarding power outages, dangerous conditions and street closures.
McCready posted the following message on Patch yesterday:
"Like a map I set up last year, if you would like to reflect a power outage, road closure or dangerous condtion, feel free to go to
and edit the map (may require you to login to your Google account) and indicate if your power is off or on, or if there is a closure or dangerous condition. If the above short link does not work, you may also use the below:
According to the Town of Westfield's Twitter account, it is not known when power will begin to be restored nor is there an indication of which neighborhoods might be restored first. Six substations in Westfield have been affected. The substations need to be cleaned and repaired before neighborhood and street-level service is restored. At this time, PSE&G hasn't provided a schedule for when those repairs might be completed.
McCready said he created a similar map last year following Hurricane Irene. While he said he recognizes that the Town of Westfield would not want to encourage travel, people will be out on the roads anyway and it would be helpful if they knew which roads are open or closed.
"It would make traveling safer," McCready noted. "A map like this could also be used to coordinate services, where the points are updated as they are called in, sort of like the 311 service NYC provides that shows where potholes and other issues were reported."