South Jersey Residents Left in the Dark for Days by Violent Storm
Monday, July 02, 2012
Some South Jersey residents who lost electricity during the violent storms over the weekend may have to go without power for up to six days, a utility said Monday.
There are still roughly 104,000 customers without electric service in the region, which is down from 206,000 who lost power at the height of the storm, according to Matt Likovich a spokesman for Atlantic City Electric.
“We’re making progress,” Likovich said. “We have extra crews that have come from New York and Northern New Jersey. We got word late this morning that we’re getting help from PSE&G, that’s another utility in Central Jersey.”
Most of the restoration efforts are concentrated in Atlantic and Cumberland counties, which collectively have over 93,000 outages.
Peter Bradshaw, a resident of Mays Landing in Atlantic County, hasn’t had power since early Saturday morning. But he said electrical crews have been working tirelessly to fix the problem.
“I can tell they’ve been doing all that they can,” Bradshaw said. “ Pretty much, you can’t look in any direction when you’re on a major street and not see some kind of crew at work, either cleaning trees off the power lines or actually working on the wires themselves."