Thousands in NJ wait for PSE&G to restore power after Isaias

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WILLINGBORO, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Thousands of New Jersey residents are still waiting for the lights to come back on, days after Tropical Storm Isaias tore through the East Coast. 

PSE&G says more than 2,000 customers in Willingboro don't have power, and it might be Sunday before some of them get it back.

Dan Diamond and his PSE&G team have set up a comfort station at the Kennedy Recreation Center.

“We’ve been here for the last two days. We’re giving out bottles of water and ice while our linemen are working to restore the energy, power, to the homes," he said, "just to support them while we’re going through this time.”

He says about 1,500 cars have passed through in that time, and he expects the rate of visitors to decrease a little as more people get reconnected.

Resident Celia Avant says it’s been a terrible week without power.

“You know, I’m concerned about the food in my refrigerator. I probably have to throw that all out. It’s just ... it’s a nightmare," she said.

And she has no idea when a PSE&G repair crew will get to her house.

“I haven’t heard anything. They said they are working on it.”

The utility says they are prioritizing critical care facilities, such as hospitals, then focusing on outages affecting large numbers of people. Those who are affected by smaller outages are last on the list.

PSE&G CEO Ralph Izzo encourages people to download the mobile app, which he says is the best way to communicate any problems and stay informed on repair plans.

Izzo says Isaias was the fifth-strongest storm in New Jersey history, and the strongest since Sandy, with more than half a million outages at the peak.