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Thousands In The Tri-State Area Still Waiting For Power To Return

March 10, 2018 - 8:07 pm
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POMPTON PLAINS, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- Tens-of-thousands of people in the New York area remain without power following a pair of nor'easters.

The generator has been running outside of Pat and Donna Delaney's Pompton Plains home for three days. They're not the only ones without power.

"She's without power, across the street is without power. There's a couple other sporadic ones around here. Mostly it's all from this pole over here," Pat said.

Their neighbors left to stay elsewhere while they wait for JCP&L to get to them, however the Delaney's understand that they're low on the totem pole. 

Some have been without power since last Friday's storm.

The Delaney's said the website told them they'll be without power until March 14, but Donna is okay with it.

"We're fine. You know it's as close as I come to camping, and I'm good with that," she said.

To New York's U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer (D) and Kirstin Gillibrand (D) the situation was anything but fine. The lawmakers wrote letters to Con Ed and NYSEG demanding to know why so many New Yorkers were still without power.

“While these storms resulted in widespread damage, dangerous roads and conditions, downed trees, and power outages across the Northeast, it is unacceptable that many of our constituents have been without power for a week, and potentially will remain without power for even longer,” the senators wrote.

Full Text Of Letters To Con Ed And NYSEG By Senators Schumer And Gillibrand

By Saturday evening, there were 35,000 JCP&L customers without power, 7,000 Con Ed customers, 2,464 waiting for service from PSEG-NJ, just shy of 9,000 across Rockland and Orange counties, and a handful of NYSEG and PSEG Long Island served homes waiting for the lights to come back on.