South Orange News
Created: November 2, 2012
Important Cleanup/Gas/Power/Election/Halloween/and more Information
This is the latest update from the South Orange Office of Emergency Management as of 530pm on Friday, November 2nd.
Leaf/debris cleanup information:
As per Governor Christie's Executive Order rescheduling Halloween events for Monday, November 5th, the Village, in cooperation with the South Orange Village Center Alliance, has rescheduled Spooky Spiotta Park to Monday, November 5th from 4-6pm in Spiotta Park. Immediately following, people can take advantage of all of the great businesses that will be participating in trick-or-treating in the downtown. Until that time, we advise residents not to have children trick-or-treat around town.
If you have questions, you can reach Matt Glass from the SOVCA at firstname.lastname@example.org
Village officials have held meetings with the East Orange Water Commission to review the status of water supply to South Orange. William Mowell, the EOWC state licensed water system operator, has advised the following: The EOWC has experienced power outages at their pumping stations which are in the process of repaired/restored. Those power outages have caused the EOWC to procure alternate water sources from Newark and Jersey American Water Company. The opening of new supply lines causes pressure and flow changes in the system which frequently causes existing iron sediments in the water lines to be churned up into the water. The result can be the temporary flow of brownish water, which will dissipate over time. These iron sediments PRESENT NO HEALTH HAZARDS. These sediments and the brownish color will quickly dissipate, although some sink faucet screens may become clogged. Resident should not do laundry until the brown color dissipates. As a result of the water supply issues, residents are strongly encourage to limit water usage to actual necessities in an effort to conserve supply.
Residents who need shelter can take advantage of the Essex County Shelter at Codey Arena, 560 Northfield Ave in West Orange. If you need assistance please contact SOPD 973 763 3000. Bring your own bedding/supplies.
From Essex County Clerk's Office:
Due to the conditions caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Clerk's Office will operate extended hours, so that voters may collect a vote-by-mail ballot and submit it without going to the polls.
The Clerk's Office is located in Room 247 of the Essex County Hall of Records, 465 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Newark. We will be open:
Thurs. Nov. 1: 8am - 5:30pm
If you plan to visit the polls on Election Day, be sure to check this site to make sure that your usual polling place is operational. Some polling places may need to be moved due to damage or loss of power.
Be assured that South Orange is being vigilant in ensuring PSE&G prioritizes power for polling locations.
Power restoration update
After a call with PSE&G's OEM Liaison, they are now reporting that now down to approximately 2100 homes in South Orange are without power. The Village has asked PSE&G to provide neighborhood-specific information as far as restoration to ensure that those numbers from PSE&G match the reality of the outages/restoration in the Village. As soon as that information is received, OEM officials will draw comparisons between what PSE&G provides and what actually exists, and follow up with the Board of Public Utilities and the Governor's Office if there are discrepancies.
After speaking with our state assembly members, County Executive's Office and Governor's Office who have been able to help put pressure and get more information from PSE&G, we have compiled some highlights as follows:
The Village is advocating aggressively for its residents, with partners advocating for us at every level of government and will keep the community up-to date as progress is made. We appreciate residents feedback as far as power outages go, and appreciate residents letting us know when power is returned to help us manage the progress PSE&G is making in South Orange.
Find official statements from PSE&G: http://www.pseg.com/info/media/news.jsp
Transit Information: Rail service is still down on our train line, though bus service has begun to be operational. Find more: http://www.njtransit.com/sa/sa_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=CustomerNoticeTo&NoticeId=2301
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Stay Updated and find more information:
If you need assistance do not hesitate to contact South Orange Police Department at 973 763 3000. For all emergencies dial 9-1-1. For power outages, contact PSE&G directly at: 800-436-7734.