Mahwah Schools, 4,000 Residents Remain Without Power Monday

Sandy power outages close schools for sixth consecutive day

A week after Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to about 80 percent of the township, O&R was reporting 4,057 outages in Mahwah, down from over 9,000 right after the storm. That’s about 37 percent of the township that remains without power.

On the utility’s online outage map, the estimated restoration times for a few areas of the township have been updated to Nov. 7, but the majority of the remaining outages are listed as having a Nov. 11 restoration time.

As a result of the ongoing power outages, Mahwah students are still not going back to school. Monday marks the sixth day school has been canceled in the township since the storm hit.

Interim Superintendent Dr. Karen Lake sent an email to parents Sunday explaining that the district had to stay closed because a majority of the township’s schools are still without power.

“Mahwah Public Schools will again be closed Monday, November 5, due to no electrical power. We are awaiting notification from Orange & Rockland as to when power will be restored to our schools. As soon as we receive notification from Orange & Rockland we will update you,” the note said.

Four of the district’s six schools – Mahwah High School, Ramapo Ridge Middle School, Joyce Kilmer Elementary School and Lenape Meadows Elementary School – all on Ridge Road, remain without power.

O&R’s website has listed the estimated restoration time for Ridge Road outages as Nov. 11 at 11:30 p.m., but township officials have said they are urging the utility to get the schools online much sooner than that.


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Concerned Parent/Taxpayer November 05, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Orange and Rockland seems to have no idea what they are doing. Spoke with a wire watcher and asked when they were coming to take care of the downed trees and poles. Watcher said that they were there a few different times to assess the situation and then said how many times do you have to assess? Just start fixing it. I agree. At this time there are hundreds of trucks parked in the crossroads, currently not working around the clock as they have been claiming.
j November 05, 2012 at 12:01 PM
This is pathetic.
Arleen November 05, 2012 at 12:42 PM
We have the same situation by our house. We have two wire watcher though! Unbelieveable!!
Sandy November 05, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Complain, complain, whine and complain! Be grateful for what you have and stop being so damn self centered and selfish. Many lost EVERYTHING. Did you? Power and replaceable food are nothing to losing your home in its entirety!
Concerned Parent/Taxpayer November 05, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Hey Sandy, I am holding our Electric company accountable. Rockland Electric has nothing to do with the areas of the tri-state that were severely impacted. Rockland Electric had the least amount of outages and has returned the least amount of people back to power. I am expected to do my job no matter what's going on at home or not, why can't they do their job?
matt stone November 05, 2012 at 03:10 PM
O&R is a joke, i sent below to mayor . Why did I see hundreds of trucks just parked in the Sheraton hotel parking lot not doing anything for hours upon hours? So O&R crews can get overtime while not working? Why is it that O&R is saying they restored close to 80% of their customers back but yet only about 50% of Mahwah has been restored. This is beyond unacceptable, I have yet to see a truck of any kind anywhere. I am now sick due to sleeping in a 40 degree house, I cannot get a hotel because I have no realistic time line as to when power will be back ,so who do I send the doctor bills too? I cannot even send this e-mail to the joke of a company because they have no e-mail address on their website. As elected Mayor you are the only one who has the access to pressure them, I am done asking and now demanding something be done!
Tbird November 05, 2012 at 04:50 PM
The Mayor appears to be trying hard. But after Katrina there was great outrage based on the belief that New Orleans was not receiving federal government help. Well if you look around our community where is the federal government? Is the government going door to door to insure the elderly are no freezing to death in there own homes – NO! Is the government finding transportation for those who can not get fuel and have no mass transit alternative – NO!!! Is the federal government coming in with generators to power our schools - No!!! Is the federal government sending trucks with gas - No!!! Is the government doing enough to fix mass transit – NO!!! Is this because the federal government does not care about us or because they are incompetent?
matt s November 05, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Andy, i understand what your saying and believe that O&R deserves most of the blame. When only 3 out of about 50 of my co-workers are still without power and us 3 are all O&R customers, you know something is not right. For having the least amount of total outages yet moving slowest, thats where my anger lies, and frankly they are a joke.
T November 05, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I think it's because there is a big election the Goverment is worried about tomorrow. The president used this as a tool to try and get additional votes then step away and move back to OHIO to get that state to be re-elected. Fed Gov. (Obama) is worried about the next 4 years in office right now while we suffer at home. Not just Mahwah! In regards to the power companies, The O & R company really is a joke, the Electric company that came to assess our street told me O & R is restricting the amount of hours they can work at one time!! They used to be able to work until the job is done, now they have to stop, I believe every 12 hours, for 8 hours then start back up again ON THE SAME JOB becasue they know what needs to get done and another crew would not. That needs to be addressed!!!
Regenbogen November 05, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Does anyone know who is paying for all the notifications we are receiving? (Phone, text and email).
Regenbogen November 05, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Thank you Andy..just curious.
Eileen R November 05, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Power on. In Brookside Manor at 6 PM. Finally. My knees were starting to stay bent when I tried to get up from sitting....... Thanks Nayir fir all your help I finally getting them moving. Also to the DPW for all your assistance. And the Police for keeping us safe and being watchful for any disturbances. The volunteers for food and drinks and opening their doors and help to so many people. And also. to our emergency services who gave up family time to help at any given time to do whatever was asked of them. And the ambulance for the numerous calls they answered. And mist of all I would like to thank all the people of Mahwah who came out and helped each any way they could. You should be proud to be a Mahwahian!!!!!
Eileen R November 05, 2012 at 11:46 PM
My stupid spelling. Was supposed to be to thank Mayor Laforet. For getting the ball rolling and being everywhere in town during this crisis!!!!! Kudos. Mayor!!!!!


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