Saturday, March 16, 2013
PSE&G has proposed a $3.9 billion infrastructure upgrade which includes raising the Hillsdale substation to protect it from flooding.
The Hillsdale Council passed a resolution this week supporting PSE&G's proposed $3.9 billion infrastructure upgrade. The plan calls for upgrades to protect more than 40 utility installations, replacement of gas lines and installation of improved poles and underground power lines. The state Board of Public Utilities has not yet approved the plan. The Hillsdale substation, which was turned off during Hurricane Irene in 2011 because it flooded, has been included in PSE&G's plan. Before the vote this week, Council President Tom Kelley asked if the project would worsen flooding downstream, noting that the borough has made an effort to investigate United Water's plan to upgrade the Woodcliff Lake Reservoir Dam for the same reason. Mayor Max …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Seven power substations and one gas metering facility in Bergen County will be fortified against storms as part of the plan, which was developed after Hurricane Sandy caused extensive power outages.
PSE&G announced a $3.9 billion planWednesday which the utility said will "proactively protect and strengthen its electric and gas systems against increasingly frequent severe weather conditions" like Hurricane Sandy. The upgrades will help make PSE&G's easier to restore after storms cause outages and "modernize" its gas distribution, according to a company press release. The plan includes an upgrade for the Hillsdale substation on Patterson Street, which flooded during Hurricane Irene. More than 40 installations across New Jersey would be protected as part of the plan, including seven power substations and one gas metering and regulating facility in Bergen County to be "raised or fortified." Besides Hillsdale, the Bergen facilities are …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Washington Township residents will be able to warm up and charge devices if they lose power during the snowstorm.
Washington Township officials have opened up the Jack Woods Senior Center in the Municipal Complex as a warming center Saturday and Sunday. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for eastern Bergen County, predicting as much as 14 inches of snowfall possible by Saturday afternon. Heavy winds are also expected, which could knock down tree limbs and cause power outages. The warming center will be available anytime Saturday and Sunday. Residents just need to stop by the Police Department to inform them that they're going in the center, then they will be able to warm up inside and charge electric devices. The National Weather Service has predicted temperatures could hit a lot of 10 degrees Saturday night. If there are …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
There were no more power outages in the three towns Sunday, according to data from PSE&G.
Power had been restored to all of Westwood, Washington Township and Hillsdale by Sunday morning, according to data from PSE&G. There were only 45 power outages in Bergen County remaining from Hurricane Sandy and the Nor'easter. Thousands of local residents lost power after Hurricane Sandy passed through the area two weeks ago. Many local roads were blocked by downed trees and power lines and schools were closed for a week. Most of the area had already been restored by the time a Nor'easter hit Wednesday, but crews repairing wires for smaller pockets still without power had to shut off power briefly to some places where it had already been restored. Residents reported crews continuing to work late Wednesday as several inches of snow fell. …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
More than 90 percent of Westwood, Washington Township and Hillsdale customers had power by Thursday morning, according to the company.
The majority of PSE&G customers in Westwood, Washington Township and Hillsdale had their power restored by Thursday morning, according to data released by the company. They projected that all customers would have power back Saturday. There were still 70,000 PSE&G customers without power from Hurricane Sandy and another 40,000 who lost it from the Nor'easter Wednesday. Locally, 178 Hillsdale, 154 Washington Township and 110 Westwood customers did not have power, down significantly from the thousands who were out after Hurricane Sandy brought high winds through the area. More than half of the remaining customers without power were scheduled to be restored Thursday. Residents around the area reported off-and-on power outages lasting no more …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The winter storm and ongoing efforts to restore power were responsible for the on-and-off power outages, according to PSE&G.
Updated at 10:26 p.m. New power outages sporadically hit areas of Hillsdale and Washington Township around Pascack Road and the Garden State Parkway Wednesday as snow from "Winter Storm Athena" began to fall. The affected area stretched from around Anne Blanche Smith School in Hillsdale to parts of Washington Township, according to Hillsdale Police Sergeant Joseph Mazzeo. Police set up blockades at the intersection of Pascack Road and Hillsdale Avenue because the traffic light had gone out. A generator was later used to power the light. PSE&G representative Rena Esposito told Patch that some power was being turned off briefly because of ongoing work to restore power after Hurricane Sandy, and from winds of the winter storm that was in the …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
The borough has opened a warming center for residents without power.
Westwood officials have opened an overnight warming center in the Community Center for residents who still do not have power. Residents can recharge electronic devices in the shelter. Pets are also welcome, as long as they are on leashes or in crates. The Community Center is located at 55 Jefferson Ave. For information about other local warming centers, click here.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Many local businesses were initially closed after Hurricane Sandy hit.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to a large portion of the community, but local businesses have been reopening as power is restored. Below is a list of places that have reopened since the storm. This is not a complete list. See an open business that's not here? Leave a comment below or email Jim.Leggate@patch.com. There are also many warming centers available for residents who do not have power to charge their electronics. Have a question or news tip? Contact editor Jim Leggate at Jim.Leggate@patch.com, or find us on Facebook and Twitter. For news straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Westwood, Washington Township and Hillsdale all had warming centers available for the many residents without power after Hurricane Sandy.
Updated at 10:05 p.m. Saturday As power outages continued around the Pascack Valley this week, local governments and others began setting up warming centers for residents without power. Westwood and Washington Township each had between 2,001 and 5,000 customers without power as of 2:30 p.m. Friday, according to PSE&G. Betwee 501 and 2,000 Hillsdale customers were also without power. Westwood opened an overnight warming center at the Community Center Saturday. Westwood officials opened the Municipal Complex and the library Wednesday, inviting residents to come in to charge their electronics. Westwood resident Ed Murtagh, who had lost power Monday afternoon, stopped by the Municipal Complex to charge his cell phone. "I think we're going to …
Residents of Paul Court and Buff Lane in Hillsdale were unable to leave their neighborhood because of a fallen tree and power lines blocking the only road out.
Update at 5:57 p.m. A crew has cleared the street. Residents of more than 30 homes in Hillsdale were blocked for days behind a tree that brought down power lines across Paul Court. Like many area streets, Paul Court and Buff Lane — another dead end off of Paul — have been without power since Hurricane Sandy knocked down numerous trees Monday evening. In this case, the tree and power lines it brought down were blocking the only road out of the neighborhood. "You'd think they'd be working on this by now," Paul Court resident Sam Tenzer said Thursday morning. Tenzer told Patch he understood many areas did not have power, but he would be happy if the power lines were just cleared so residents could safely move the tree out of the way. A PSE&G …