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Majority of Trees and Power Lines still down in Westfield

Frustrated with progress after Hurricane Sandy

As I drove around Westfield today, I notice the majority of the power lines and trees are still laying in the roadways and on homes. Especially a huge tree and power line on Central Ave which is the main road into and out of town. I haven't seen one #PSE&G or #JCP&L truck in #Westfield, #Cranford, or #Garwood since I ventured out of my house on Tuesday morning. I realize that this hurricane did more damage then anyone expected, but to see no progress locally is frustrating. I read on the Westfield town site and on Patch.com that the mayor is keeping in touch with the electric companies etc... but what exactly does that mean???

How many days can someone go without having power in these cold temps? We are blessed that we have a place to go that has power, hot water, etc. But to see my town struggling is upsetting.

I'm trying to keep a postivie outlook on this, thinking that others only 30 mins to an hour south of us have lost everything and some even their lives. But how can we help them if we can't help ourselves right now???Psychology 101 is that your basic needs, need to be met before  you can help others.

 

 

 

 

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Stanley Rogouski November 02, 2012 at 07:08 PM
I noticed yesterday that there were still power lines down across Central Ave on the border of Clark and Westfield. It seemed odd that the main thoroughfare that leads from downtown Westfield to the Garden State Parkway (as well as the Clark commercial district) would still be blocked.
Michelle S November 02, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Yes Stanley, that is the tree I was mentioning. Not only that, but others in the back roads. Downtown is also still dark. Thanks for your comment.
Annoyed November 03, 2012 at 01:20 PM
This article was aggravating to read. Do you really think there is neglect taking place? You do know that there are many, many, many towns just like Westfield right now? When we get power, we get power. Print your article, make an airplane with it, and fly away.
Ebnj76 November 03, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Calm down, Annoyed. We are frustrated here because we feel the town's officials have not done anything to speed up the recovery efforts yet we pay an arm and a leg in taxes every year. You can drive around in other towns and see crews with trucks clearing fallen trees, but not in Westfield. No activity whatsoever is going on in here. We simply want to know what gives.
Zip it November 03, 2012 at 04:28 PM
What gives is that none of our taxes go to the power company. Sorry but you are coming off as entitled because you have money. PSE&G doesn't prioritize based on the amount you pay in property taxes. Get over yourself and stop criticizing the people working day and night to help you.
Westfield Resident November 03, 2012 at 04:41 PM
He didn't mention having money at all... I don't know where you got that from and the only PSE&G workers I have seen have lied to my neighbors saying that they were on our street to remove the wires and then sped away. I don't expect immediate power, but I do expect honesty.
Zip it November 03, 2012 at 05:10 PM
He said... "the town's officials have not done anything to speed up the recovery efforts yet we pay an arm and a leg in taxes every year." Assuming what you said is true, you have a gripe. They should be honest. However to be fair they shouldn't be stopped and expected to answer questions about where they are going and why they aren't working on "your street" in the first place. That takes time away from them working. Just let them do their jobs.
Ebnj76 November 03, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Where in my post did I say our taxes go to pseg/power!?!? I know exactly where most of our taxes go - we basically subsidize Elizabeth and the like. I'm pissed because unlike westfied, Clark, Scotch Plains, Elizabeth residents got their power days ago but we're not only freezing here but NOTHING has been done in the days following the storm.
Enough already November 03, 2012 at 10:04 PM
What a bunch of complainers. Starting Wednesday night (10/31/12) I saw trucks on Boulevard, Summit, Grove, Rahway, Wyoming, Pine Grove, Cottage Place and many more clearing trees and branches from power lines and replacing/repairing primary and secondary power lines, poles and transformers. Is it because those complaining live in Westfield and think they are entitled to priority service?
Michelle S November 03, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Really Taxpayer, I haven't seen them, they must of missed the huge tree across Central? Just sat on the town conference call that was held at 5:30( which I'm glad they had )and the Mayor, Senator and PSE&G Rep said 152 roads were closed due to power lines and Trees down a 1/4 of those have been cleared. Also that the reason trucks have NOT been in our area is because the substation in Linden and Seawaren were down and they had to fix them first. As of today there are PSE&G trucks in Westfield and we should start to see power restored over the next few days. First will be gas stations, police and fire dept. as of now 7900 residents in Westfield are without power. This online conversation has nothing to do with money or taxes, I rent In Westfield and don't own a big house and feeling entitled, so people on here should stick to the facts, not be disgruntle to others who have money. Ridiculous! Stay warm everyone!!! We are hopefully close to the end! Be nice to your neighbor, help others xoxoxo Tomorrow Crossroads in Garwood is collecting for others that have lost there entire lives... Food, clothes, anything we can spare.
Enough already November 04, 2012 at 12:12 AM
@Michelle S: Maybe you need to leave your house and walk around a bit. Today (Saturday) there were 2 trucks on Boulevard at Jefferson School clearing a tree and power lines at 10AM today. Then between 11 and 12 noon there were 2 trucks at Boulevard & Grove, 4 trucks at Grove & Summit, 3 trucks on Boulevard between Washington & Park, 2 trucks on Summit near Clifton. All different trucks and men, so I count 11 eleven trucks and crews working on trees and wires. The huge trees on Central has been gone since Friday morning. It is the dangling primary wires (1200+ volts) that is the problem. They are all doing the best they can.
Michelle S November 04, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Oh didn't u say Wednesday previously???Hmmm... Yeah no kidding today, I think that is apparent based on the updated info online was last night at 6pm and the town call today - u are full of information. 5 days and the first trucks are seen... Thanks Taxpayer.
Zip it November 04, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Where in my post did I say you said our taxes go to pseg/power? You said the amount we pay in taxes means we our officials should be able to speed up recovery efforts. Your second post is more of the same entitled drivel. You aren't better than or more deserving of services because of what you pay in taxes. I'm ashamed our town is now associated with attidutes like yours.
Richard Eisenberg November 04, 2012 at 12:50 AM
pseg says parts of Westfield have been restored in past hour. Where?
Enough already November 04, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Then move to one these 'better' towns if you don't like Westfield. By the way, Scotch Plains did NOT get their power back on 'days ago', at a specific house in SP it came on at 10:35PM Saturday night.
Bob November 05, 2012 at 12:08 AM
The problem lies with our total failure to properly management our mature tree population. In other towns with mature trees, they do not seem to have the sort of problems we've been having in Westfield, and yet they have PSE&G too. So, the problem is not so much with PSE&G as it is with us. We have allowed too many dead and diseased trees to go un-managed for too long. With the first decent wind, our trees begin falling like match sticks taking down our power grid down with them. We should have learned our lesson from last year's ice storm, but we didn't. I fear it may be a long and very cold winter for all of us unless some of us step up and get the job done.
NewarkDirect November 05, 2012 at 04:39 AM
If I read tonight's PSEG report right, they'll resolve about 1600 of the 6900 outstanding Westfield cases by the end of Wed. This pace is totally inconsistent with the pace predicted in the town call Sat eve. It seems the Sat vision isnt panning out when you take this data and read the panicky tweets from the Mayor, Bramnick and others re: all the pressure theyre putting on the utilities. Am I wrong?
Westfielder November 05, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Just came through Scotch Plains and if Westfielders think they don't have power, look at southside Scotch Plains. Saw three houses cut in half by fallen trees, their downtown has no power, many traffic lights not working yet, and more outages throughout sections of the town. All towns have been greatly affected by this rogue storm.
Ebnj76 November 05, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I had said unlike "Westfield,SP, and Clark (all 3 towns combined), Elizabeth got power on Wed. You only see what you want to see, not what I actually written. We're complaning becuase we're freezing. I, my husband, kids - all dressed up in jackets and hats - slept together with our dog (she was shivering) to keep warm.
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