20 Aug 2014
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Green Brook Township Updates for Thursday

Township notes 43 percent of town still without power.

Green Brook Township Updates for Thursday

Dear Residents:
As information to access still remains difficult for some, we ask that you PLEASE pass this message along. The Township has been working with the Board of Education, Nixle.com as well as the Watchung-Green Brook Patch to get the word out. Please spread the info.
When is my power coming back on?
The most commonly asked question around town these days.  Following is the information that the Township has regarding the current situation:
PSE&G crews have been in Green Brook for the past week and the numbers in town have been improving but as of 7am on 11/7, 43% of the Township is still without power (as of 9pm on 11/7 we are aware that IEF and GBMS and the surrounding areas now have power.  School is still cancelled for Thursday due to the requirements of the buildings upon power restoration).  The Township is exhausting all resources to provide information to PSE&G regarding current status of our neighborhoods, in hopes that this will aid them in making decisions regarding work crews.  There is much work to be done in the Township. Unfortunately the Township is only provided the following information: how many crews are dedicated to Green Brook on a given day, what percentage and the total number of customers that are in or out of power on a daily basis, estimated number of customers that they plan to restore each day (to see the current work plan:  http://pseg.com/pdf/PSE_G%20Workforce%20Schedule20121107%200700.pdf)
Township officials are frustrated with the process and the lack of information that we can provide to you, but nothing compares to the frustration of the PSE&G customers in our Township that still do not have power.  
I haven’t seen any PSE&G crews in my neighborhood!
PSE&G assures the Township officials that even though the crews may not be seen in every neighborhood/street, the crews are working in areas of the Township which will energize the most residents at a time.  
If you have a power outage & have not yet reported it, call PSE&G at 1-800-436-PSEG. We want our current outages to be accurately reflected in the numbers that are being maintained and reported on by PSE&G.
From PSE&G: -- Important safety information:
PLEASE BE MINDFUL OF THE OF THE VERY DANGEROUS CONDITIONS THAT THE PSE&G WORKERS WORKING UNDER. The work crews do not have specific info about when service will be restored to your neighborhood, only the project that they are currently working on and where they are going next. PLEASE allow them to safely do their jobs without interruptions and contact us at the township instead. 
Downed wires should always be considered “live.”STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES. Do not approach or drive over a downed line and do not touch anything that it might be in contact with. To report a downed wire & other visible damage, call 1-800-436-PSEG and tell PSE&G the nearest cross street.
For the latest updates from PSE&G, please go to:  http://www.pseg.com/info/media/news.jsp
Township Warming/Charging Station:
The Township has opened a "Warming and Charging Station" out of Town Hall (111 Greenbrook Road). Residents have been coming to warm-up and charge-up in the court room on the second floor. The Township will run this service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until power is restored to Green Brook. WENOW HAVE WIFI and a TV with movies running! Town Hall also has working bathrooms and running water (you may bring containers to fill up on potable water if need be). We are also looking for volunteers to staff the room. If you are willing to help, please contact Town Hall (732-968-1023 x6602). 
ICE AND WATER are available to residents without water or power at Town Hall.  Please stop by and pick it up if you need it.  The donations from our generous community have been rolling in so if you are in need, please come see how we can help you!
Supplies for Residents:
Ice & Ready-to-Eat Meals are available, first-come, first-serve at the Somerset Cty Public Works yard, 410 Roycefield Rd, Hillsborough, 8am-8pm 
Fire Officials Warn:Please remember to turn off appliances & devices that become energized when the power is restored and become a fire hazard, especially you are leaving your home.

The roads that remain closed are:

Washington Ave (north of Rt. 22)

Washington Ave (south of Rt. 22 at the Dunellen border)

Jefferson Avenue (north of Rt. 22)

The following shelter information is provided: Bernardsville High School - 25 Olcott Street, Bernardsville,NJ Gasoline remains in short supply and we urge conservation.
While we cannot confirm which gas stations are open, people are utilizing social media and stations for guidance. On Twitter, try #njgas or #njopen.

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