As reported on LNN, over 5,000 Lakewood residents were hit with a power outage at approximately 4:00 pm on Friday afternoon.
JCP&L, the electric company that services Lakewood, reported that there were three separate outages each one affecting over 1,500 customers. The company put an estimated restoration time at 6:00 pm for one of them, and 6:30pm for the other two.
LNN spoke with Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles late Friday afternoon and he said that JCP&L understands the urgency that power be restored before sundown. The Mayor also assured us that JCP&L is doing everything they can for that to happen.
Some customers were lucky and got their power back at 6:00 pm, while others unfortunately were not that lucky. Sundown approached at 7:36 pm, but hundreds were still without power.
Lakewood Shomrim in coordination with Lakewood Police were patrolling all the affected areas and were available to assist with any special requests.
“Thankfully we were prepared this time after we learned from our past experience” a neighbor told LNN. “We did not need to flag anyone down as we prepared our food on the stove instead of the oven and we made sure to have all lights switched off. But many of our neighbors were not prepared and Lakewood Shmorim was a great help”.
Lakewood Shmorim assisted approximately 380 families that were affected by the outage, as well as provided emergency power to three simcha halls.
Some neighborhoods got their power back at approximately 9:00 pm, while other neighborhoods didn’t get their power back until at least 11:00 pm.
“The unity was something special” a community member told LNN. “Neighbors were helping neighbors. Whether it was with hot showers or food or whatever else it may be. Some people were fortunate enough to have a generator and let other neighbors plug in their hot plates to keep their food warm.”
LNN notes that just a few weeks ago there was also a power outage that affected many residents up until candle lighting on Friday, but luckily did not carry into Shabbos.