Haddonfield Administrator Urges Residents to Call PSEG For Power Restoration

Sharon McCullough said Thursday PSEG apparently doesn't rate power restoration in Haddonfield a high priority.

Haddonfield borough Administrator Sharon McCullough said Thursday the cleanup of several massive trees across roadways here is being held up because PSEG hasn't removed downed power lines that are also at the locations.

McCullough said PSEG officials said they only had two phone calls from Haddonfield reporting power outages after Hurricane Sandy tore through the region on Sunday and Monday.

Don Sabia, 80, a resident of Woodland Avenue near West End Avenue said Thursday he was fed up with waiting for a a massive borough tree, that crushed his wife's Lexus and barricaded his second car in his driveway, to be cleared away. He was headed to Borough Hall Thursday afternoon to give someone a piece of his mind.

"We've been sitting like this since the day of the storm," he said. "I called PSEG and they said they would be out on the fourth and then called back again and they said it would be another 10 days. I feel pretty rotten about it."

Sabia said the power had already been cut to the electric lines draped across his sidewalk, but the massive oak tree remained.

McCullough urged residents who are fed up with waiting for this and five other areas like Woodland Avenue to be cleared to call PSEG at 1-800-436-PSEG to demand service and to get higher on its priority list.

Check back for more, including a video of the devastation on Woodland Avenue.

Maryann Campling November 01, 2012 at 09:10 PM
What! PSE&G heard Haddonfield needed help and didn't drop everything to get here...unbelievable!!! Lee Avenue, the Mews, parts of Kings Hwy, the High School and Bancroft went out at 8:30 Monday night; we got power mid afternoon Wednesday. I was surprised, not that PSEG gives a rat's butt for us, but I would have thought that Bancroft would be a priority. Whomever at PSE&G said that only two calls were received from H-field is delusional. However, when a friend called 911 on Monday to say that a live transformer hit the ground and ignited the woods on Hopkins she was told that "there were other emergencies." Guess some of the phone staff aren't too bright. Just heard that Hawthorne is still out....in my humble opinion the Borough is long overdue in intervening. Perhaps calls from our Public Officials would get faster results. But then....what do I know?
Jeff H November 01, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Classic. People don't have a house left in other areas of the state, and some folks are complaining about their crushed lexus. I absolutely love it. WAKE UP FOLKS AND WATCH THE NEWS! THIS IS A CATASTROPHY! BTW, there is a very good chance that the tree that fell was identified in the 2010 tree inventory as one that should have been removed long ago but was ignored by the Borough. Maybe Sharon should tend to her own business before throwing stones at PSE&G?? Just a thought.
Terry November 02, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Maryann, the photo I added was the tree at Hawthorne Ave & Woods Ln. PSE&G changed the fix date from 11/5/12 to 11/9/12. Frustrating, but like Jeff says below, there is a lot worse happening out there. So, patience is the rule for the day.
mike November 02, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Can the Boro hire licensed electricians to take care of the issues, instead of waiting for PSE&G??????????????? Mike
Cynthia S Byers November 02, 2012 at 03:18 PM
We live on Lee Ave and I called PSE&G from my cell phone and reported the outage, so I was at least one FYI -- it IS important to call an report an outage -- power companies cannot tell from their grid which specific streets/houses have lost power and they encourage you to report it. After we lost power Monday night, I waited until Tuesday to call, mostly because it was too dark to find the phone number! When I did call, it was all computerized, but they did say that they had no record of outages being reported in our area (for what ever it's worth). I am just thankful that our huge beech tree did not fall on our house, and I do feel for people who were injured or sustained personal damages from the storm. Cynthia
Brian Kelly November 02, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Good point by Jeff H on both counts. Maybe the Commissioners should take a drive around town, view the damage and make a few calls themselves.
Terry November 03, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Power has been restored on Hawthorne Avenue, a week before predicted. I spotted a PSE&G truck on Kings Highway around 8:30pm Friday evening. So, hopefully, others in town have been restored as well.
Dave Nolan November 03, 2012 at 02:15 AM
I am sure there are plenty of healthy strong young men in Hfld HS and elsewhere who can come out with some chainsaws and help clear some of the tree branches from residents homes. How about it guys? Volunteer and help your neighbors out somehow. Instead of waiting for Public Works who are already backlogged why not cut some of the medium size branches away an pile them on the median so when P -Works does get out there will be that much less work and stuff done already to expedite the overall process. Just a thought.
Maryann Farrell November 03, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Hi, I am a mom of a child that goes to school at Bancroft. I understand there is so much more going on out there, but an update would be nice. I don't have any idea how they are handling the residential students at Bancroft, thank God my daughter isn't residential, because I would be sick to my stomach worrying what's happening. I think if Bancroft would put something on their website, besides, we'll be open Monday, it would make parents feel a little better. And I am sure they won't be able to open Monday, from the looks of things. All I want, is an update. If anyone has info about Bancroft, please post it. Thank you and hope all is well. Maryann
Mary Holton November 03, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Still no power on Cedar Ave for about 16 homes. Transformer blown from downed branch but branch has since been removed.Called PSEG again as instructed by borough, and representative told me it was unnecessary to call. They are aware of the problem, and I was given " bad information" from the borough. I agree we should be getting more should be getting updated info from borough. Contracted crew worker working on Hawthorne told me South Jersey crews were sent to N. Jersey. Thats why see dont see PSEG trucks out in force.
Maryann Farrell November 03, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Hi, I was wondering if anyone's electric went on today. I have been calling Bancroft all week and their phone has been out. It was my only way to check and see if their electric was on yet. I didn't want to drive around and get in the workers way. This morning at 11:30 the phones are on and they are working, I want to assume, that means their electric is on. If you live close to Bancroft and your electric went on this morning, please post it, so I can have hope Bancrofts electric is now on. Thank you in advance for your post. Maryann
Terry November 03, 2012 at 09:01 PM
This is an update that the Borough issued yesterday: Hawthorne and Wood Lane have had power restored. Bancroft (Hopkins Lane) – They were out all morning working on these lines. Bancroft and any houses on Hopkins that were affected should have power soon. Mount Vernon – PSE& G de-energized the lines, the Borough tree crew has removed the tree. PSE&G is working on the lines. Woodland Ave – PSE&G has de-energized the lines. The borough tree crew is going there. They will cut back the personal tree (corner of West End and Woodland) back to the property line removing it from the roadway and crosswalks. They will also do some trimming of the tree further down the block. The Borough has Lyons coming in with their crane to remove the tree off of the cars. Cedar Ave – we received word that these lines are dead. The Borough has someone going out to secure the lines out of the way until PSE&G can get to them. Our crew will also remove the branches that are caught in the wires. No time frame as to when PSE&G will be out working on this site yet.
Maryann Campling November 03, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Terry...thanks for the update on the electrical outages; what a shame that all the residents on Hawthorne was terse "it's your problem" note from the Borough....disgraceful and lots of angry folks in that part of town. Mr. Nolan...great idea about the young men from the High School volunteering with the clean...I'd start with the turf field athletes...after all we'll be paying for their new playground for decades.
Terry November 04, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Maryann, I am one of the folks in that part of town, but I'm not angry. It was a major disaster. The government and PSE&G are doing as much as they can as quickly as they can, but we have to do our part too, not just by making phone calls to electric companies or donating money to the Red Cross. In order to get through a catastrophe like this, we all need to pitch in in whatever capacity we can. I recommend watching this Ted Talk to get inspired: http://www.ted.com/talks/caitria_and_morgan_o_neill_how_to_step_up_in_the_face_of_disaster.html


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