O&R Estimates Power Restoration May Take Weeks
The utility reports 17 transmission circuits down, 12 substations off line and 100 circuits locked out as a result of Hurricane Sandy
Orange & Rockland, which is reporting more than 38,000 of its over-57,000 customers in Bergen County lost power in Hurricane Sandy, said in a release Tuesday complete restoration may take two weeks or more.
The majority of O&R customers "should have their electricity back on within 10 days, but complete repairs to the devastating hurricane damage, and resulting total service restoration, could take weeks," the release said.
According to O&R, its infrastructure was severely impacted by the storm - 17 transmission circuits were down, 12 substations off line and 100 circuits locked out." O&R is in the midst of "systematic inspection, damage assessment, reconstruction and restoration process," the release said. "This massive effort is expected to take weeks to complete."
The utility has about 1,000 employees and 800 contractors working in the field. Additional crews are expected to join those throughout the week.
The utility reported 200,000 of its total 300,000 customers were without power Tuesday.
The Department of Energy reports that 62 percent of New Jersey was without power Tuesday.