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Nor'easter Causes Increase in Matawan-Aberdeen Power Outages

The storm was a small set back for crews hard at work in the area trying to repair the damage left by Sandy. In total, outages increased from 1,569 to 2,518.

Matawan and Aberdeen residents woke up Thursday morning to a winter wonderland.

The first snow of winter is often a welcome sight, however in an area still recovering from Sandy's wrath the frost-tipped trees were a symbol of more power outages in Matawan and delayed recovery efforts in both communities.

Thursday morning, the total number of customers without power increased from 1,569 to 2,518 over night. In Matawan, outages increased to 1,678 from 699. In Aberdeen, the number remained relatively stable, dropping from 870 to 840.

"Last night's storm caused signifigant additional outings within the Borough. I just met with Mayor Buccellato whom has been in touch with JCP&L executives this morning," Matawan Lt. Jason Gallo shared on the department's Facebook. "They advised they have dispatched crews to our area to address this latest issue."

Although patience is wearing thin for many residents still living in the cold with a flashlight permanently in their hand, the number of outages in the area have decreased dramatically since Monday. Three days ago, 3,004 customers in Matawan and 4,309 customers in Aberdeen were without power.

Matawan and Aberdeen also faired better during the nor'easter than some neighboring municipalities. The number of outages in Marlboro spiked to 6,500 overnight.

Aberdeen Township will hold a public information meeting Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the Aberdeen Township Municipal Building. The township has been updating their website as well as posting on Facebook to inform residents about both storms and the recovery efforts.

Matawan Borough held a meeting at The Reception Center at St. Clement earlier this week. The police department has been updating their Facebook page to help keep residents in the loop about both storms and the recovery efforts.

Arbordale Drive November 08, 2012 at 02:24 PM
840 customers in aberdeen still out from Sandy... JCP&L website has only 9 out of 840 customers to be restored by Saturday. I guess I moved to the wrong part of town. The same downed poles and wires are now beautifully covered in snow. Thanks for nothing JCP&L.
Danielle November 08, 2012 at 02:34 PM
4 poles snapped in half and fell across Van Brackle Rd last night (closing the road). Here's hoping they get fixed quickly!
Sam Dcruz November 08, 2012 at 02:34 PM
How does anything increase from 870 to 833? Or did Sandy do me some brain damage as well?
Chelsea Naso (Editor) November 08, 2012 at 02:42 PM
I think Sandy did some damage to my brain, not yours. The language has been corrected. Thanks Sam!
Sam Dcruz November 08, 2012 at 02:52 PM
“It isn't making mistakes that's critical; it's correcting them and getting on with the principal task.” - the one and only Donald Rumsfeld I think you do a great job on the patch, please keep up the good work.
Diana Noble November 08, 2012 at 06:17 PM
JCP&L sent a tree service out to my home in Cliffwood Beach day before yesterday. They came to clear tree branches in advance of the utility pole crew and the linemen. The guys were extremely polite and explained what was happening and when, and then proceeded to work quickly and efficiently, all while putting up with griping from some residents who didn't have anyone else handy to complain to. Today the utility poles are being restored to the beach area on Lakeshore drive, and I expect the linemen will follow shortly. We should have power by Saturday as promised.
Concerned Citizen November 08, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I find those numbers hard to believe, especially when the I section area behind the Strathmore pool club is in the dark. Also, Irongate Lane hasn't been plowed. Do we really need to give JCP&L another excuse not to get the power on?
Chelsea Naso (Editor) November 08, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Thanks for the great information, as always, Diana!
MaryAnn November 09, 2012 at 04:31 PM
The numbers are meaningless if you are still in the dark and cold.
MaryAnn November 09, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I've been monitoring the JP&L website today. And the day started off with 674 outages in Aberdeen but on my last check it is 1,031. I am obviously living in the wrong side of town as well. That darn I section. Time to move.

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