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.