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Holmdel Mayor: Power Restoration Effort Thwarted Last Night

A huge swath of Holmdel was supposed to get power last night, but utility workers hit some kind of problem.

By interviewing line workers in utility trucks yesterday, Holmdel Mayor Patrick Impreveduto learned that a huge area of Holmdel -- from Crawfords Corner Road to the area west of Route 34 -- was supposed be back online yesterday. 

But they encountered some kind of unexplained problem and the electricity was not restored, he said. 

"It was supposed to be up and running last night," said the mayor today around 11 a.m. He said the trucks seen massing at Holmdel High School have been being dispatched to various locations in the township to repair damage from Hurricane Sandy, but if winds build in advance of the nor'easter to more than 40 mph, workers will have to withdraw. 

The mayor put out a Code Red message to residents moments earlier, informing them that Town Hall is closed for the rest of the week, and that a 24-hour relief center at the Community Center will open at noon. 

He wanted to assure residents that Holmdel officials are "doing everything humanly possible to get everything restored."  

"Once this storm is over I will continue to demand JCP&L give us answers," said Impreveduto, who has personally not had power restored for more than a week. Like many in southern Holmdel, he is double-jinxed because electricity powers their household well water access.  

He dismissed a FirstEnergy outage map that says 30 percent of Holmdel is without power. "There is no way in God's creation that 70 percent have power in Holmdel. These figures haven't been accurate since the beginning," he said. 

Patch's attempts to reach JCP&L spokesman Ron Morano have not been successful. 

Thomas Scarano November 12, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Marie....you must have missed the information that was distributed by our local government.
Nathan Boulman November 12, 2012 at 02:43 AM
I think it's actually comical that some Holmdel residents can even think of blaming the Mayor or the administration for a lack of communication. For the first week, we received a letter in the mail from the Mayor and Committeeman Ponisi visited the firehouse on Rt 520 to deliver the next day's mailer and answer questions from residents. Then we would receive at least one call a day from the Mayor explaining what is going on. This problem is JCP&L, so for you spoiled Democrats, stop blaming the local Township Committee and come together as a community so that real reform of JCP&L can take place.
Nick November 12, 2012 at 03:32 AM
We can agree to disagree on what demonstrates good leadership...but let's watch where we go next and how the community is brought together to hold JCP&L accountable. Glad your power came back..mine came back Friday....was able to move my family back in over the weekend after 2 weeks.
Larrabee M. Smith November 12, 2012 at 03:39 AM
What reform are you thinking of Mr. Boulman. JCP&L is a regulated Utility with responsibility for the local grid. They can be expect to have the manpower to assure it proper operation under normal conditions including problems. BUT, only a fool would be willing to allow them to charge enough to provide for the correction of the damage caused by SANDY in a couple days. And, I'm sure you wouldn't be willing to pay for the managment necessary to use all of the help hey received from all over country. And, I was probably resgistered Republican before you were born.
Nathan Boulman November 12, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Mr. Smith, the point of my post was that people should stop blaming the mayor for JCP&L's incompetency. And the reform that I talk about are the changes that I'm sure Gov. Christie will put in place as the backbone of his campaign for Governor.

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