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Post-Sandy Power Restoration Notes

Thursday Post-Sandy Power Restoration Notes from Springfield Mayor Ziad Andrew Shehady based on most recent reports received.

I received calls from two Jersey Central Power & Light representatives and had a long personal conversation with President Don Lynch.  Two big circuits (92 and 93) that serve large pockets of Springfield customers sustained a lot of damage.  They are being worked on and will continue to be worked on through tomorrow.  One circuit is expected to be restored today. The second circuit, coming off the Mountain Avenue equipment, that also includes Town Hall and James Caldwell School may not be complete until tomorrow and we may see partial restoration today.  

Specific addresses or streets connected to those two circuits cannot be provided because of the varied damage.  

Smaller pockets of customers who are still affected because more localized damage in more residential neighborhoods will not see full restoration until later in the work plan and the focus is on performing work to equipment that will serve the largest populations first not just in Springfield but in the full service area.  

For example, if Item A connects 1,000 customers in Springfield, Item B connects 750 customers in Summit and Item C connects 100 customers in Springfield, that is the priority of work orders as I understand - getting the most people restored as quickly as possible.  However, additional crews are being sent in to work in our area.  

It was an exhaustive discussion both about the situation now and moving forward.  

The circumstances are not changing.  They have as many crews possible working on restoring Springfield as quickly as possible and whatever information they can provide without taking away from the restoration effort will be provided. I did again request estimated timelines for neighborhoods that have been affected and if I receive them,  I will make them available.  November 11 is the date provided for all power to be restored in Springfield.

As of November 8, 2012 at 3:30 p.m., 34 percent of Springfield Jersey Central Power & Light customers are still affected by power outages.  The most recent information provided Jersey Central Power & Light Restoration Estimates for Springfield (http://zszs.us/Xniyuj) by date:

November 8 – 1281, November 9 - 786, November 10 – 467, November 11 – 6

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