Most of Mahwah Remains Without Power for Third Day
O&R says it is fixing the 'backbone' of its system before restoring local power
Wednesday afternoon, Orange & Rockland reported that of its 230,000 customers that lost power during the storm, it has restored power to about 40,000. It is reporting that very few of those restorations were in Mahwah.
Mayor Bill Laforet said the township is trying to work with the utility to get power back on as soon as possible.
"Town officials spoke with Rockland Electric officials [Wednesday] and they indicate they are working to rebuild the transmission and switching stations before work can begin to restore electricity to specific areas," he said in an alert to residents Wednesday. "We all want our electricity restored but the process is likely going to take several more days."
According to the utility, by Wednesday afternoon it had repaired 13 of its 27 damaged transmission lines, seven of its17 de-energized substations, and 20 of its 105 downed distribution circuits.
“O&R continues to engage in a systematic inspection, damage assessment, reconstruction and restoration process,” it said in a release. “This effort is expected to take weeks to complete.”
- The first priority is to restore the system’s backbone by repairing transmission circuits and substations. That work must take place before distribution, or local load, can be restored.
- At the same time, a second set of teams is being deployed onto the distribution system in a systematic and pre-determined manner that includes:
- Damage assessment on state, county and major local roads
- Reconstruction of the distribution system on state roads, followed by county roads. After that work is done, those crews will be shifted into restoring circuits feeding critical infrastructure and services. These critical facilities include: local governments whose operations provide essential services required by residents.
- Simultaneously, O&R is securing downed wires on major roads. Restoration then moves onto critical infrastructure followed by the largest block of customers out of service, smaller blocks of customers and then individual customer service outages.
Township officials have reported that while municipal workers have been clearing roadways since the storm, certain downed trees that are intermingled with fallen power lines can only be removed in coordination with the utility.
O&R said most of its customers would have power back within the next seven days, but some will take longer.