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Westfield Resident Creates Power Outage Map

Update the status of your outage and/or street closure.

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 
http://snipurl.com/westfield-power-2012 
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:

https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=202341199785488055289.0004cd60a46365deb766a&msa=0&ll=40.674015,-74.331501&spn=0.004622,0.010707 "

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." 

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Frank November 02, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Great map, should be called the Outrage Map for town, tho- Major roads blocked by trees/ with downed dead wires are easy to clear but crews were told to work in Tamaques Park instead, I was told- what gives? Shouldn't Central, Dudley, Mountain, Grove, Boulevard & other major roads be cleared before the park is? If wires were live, they would be sparking on the ground, which they are not. If our town DPW can't cut the branches to clear the streets, maybe some helpful citizens with chainsaws and gas can help them?
Lauren K November 02, 2012 at 03:09 PM
We watched them cleaning up Tamaques Park last year after Irene, while Watchung Circle had downed trees and power lines. Apparently that park is some high value something for someone. Not sure who... or why. My parents are on Lawrence Avenue and I have not heard from them since Tuesday. I'm trying to remain calm and optimistic, but it's difficult, especially after seeing things like that. Grrrr. Love the map, though. Now I can keep tabs on how things are at home, while being several states away and unable to help.
Ess bee November 02, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I couldn't figure out how to update the map or if I had permission to do so. My parents have no phone or power due to a tree down in the 1100 block of tice place.
Gary McCready November 03, 2012 at 07:26 PM
thanks for everyone updating the map - now that the number of entries as gone to two pages worth (on the side of the map) it may be more difficult to update the map and see everything. I'll try to come up with a better solution, but for now I think it gives a good picture of how widespread the outage is. Optimally, something like this would be managed by the town, taking the input and posting on a map they would manage. I think most people just want someone in charge to at least acknowledge their problem and hopefully keep track of it to completion.
Enough already November 04, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Excellent map. I see the comments above are from those spoiled by having electricity and when it goes off they rant. @ Frank: Tamaques Park more important? Think for a minute. Tree crews cannot clear trees until power crews verify power lines won't kill the tree crews. Next time buy a generator for power, stay at home and let the professionals handle the disaster recovery efforts.
Dan Dougherty November 04, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Great map, very helpful. Planning a route for food and gas is now easier.
Enough already November 04, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Just came back from a morning walk at 7AM. DPW out with front end loaders clearing the trees after PSEG put in new poles & lines at Summit & Grove. Two massive trees are still across Washington @ Fairfield Circle which took out a major high voltage transmission line, this one will take the crews quite a while to fix. They are making progress as best they can.
Glenn Fannick November 08, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Good concept, but I'm not sure I want to tell potential thieves that my house has no power, therefore no alarm, and perhaps I'm not living there.

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