As thousands of Lakewood customers continue to lack power in their homes, Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles and Committeeman Meir Lichtenstein tell TLS that they are working to mitigate the issue as much as possible, and are doing what they can to get JCP&L to repair outages as soon as they can.
Lakewood’s electricity infrastructure suffered major damage in last evening’s storm which knocked out the power to over 16,000 homes and businesses.
Thousands of repairmen have been deployed across New Jersey by JCP&L since the outages began last evening. Since then, the number of outages has dropped dramatically, and as of 1:30 PM, approximately 3,000 homes were still without power.
JCP&L has also brought in more than 800 out-of-state crewmen to assist in the restoration of power to all homes. According to JCP&L, the north side of Lakewood will take longest to repair due to severe damage suffered in that area.
“We are thankful that nobody suffered any serious injuries from this storm,” Mayor Coles told TLS. “We are in constant contact with the power company to ensure that power is restored as quickly as possible to all residents.”
Committeeman Lichtenstein told TLS that the police department and Office of Emergency Management have been using their resources in tandem to ensure that everyone remains safe. He also applauded the work of Lakewood’s volunteer agencies, Chaveirim and LCSW, who have been working under the OEM umbrella to assist with manning intersections without traffic lights, cleaning up debris and pumping out flooded basements.
“Our police department, the OEM and volunteer agencies deserve a tremendous amount of credit for the incredible job they have been doing in keeping Lakewood’s population safe and how they have been working nonstop to make the situation better,” Lichtenstein said. “It should also be noted that our emergency personnel and volunteer services worked tirelessly throughout the storm, responding swiftly to dozens of calls for help, and for that they deserve our thanks.”
Committeeman Lichtenstein says he has been in touch with JCP&L well over a dozen times today, including a conversation with JCP&L President James Fakult, who said that the company is assigning as much personnel as necessary to fix power outages in Lakewood and across the state as expeditiously as possible.