More Power Coming On Around Town, Hundreds of Volunteers Still Working, FEMA Assessing Damage
It's day 6 of Sandy. PSE&G representatives are in Hoboken working to get the power back on as soon as possible.
More areas in Hoboken were getting their power back as of Saturday afternoon, as PSE&G workers continued to work on restoring Hoboken's substations, which suffered heavy damage during super storm Sandy.
At her daily 2 p.m. briefing, Zimmer said that about three quarters of the uptown substation was back online.
Dozens of PSE&G workers were working in Hoboken over the weekend.
"We're pushing hard guys," Zimmer said, "we're pushing really, really hard."
Together with several council members, Zimmer identified the priority buildings in town. As temperatures drop, seniors are the biggest concern.
The Housing Authority, the police department and the fire apartment—as well as mulitple other locations—will be receiving a back up generator. On Saturday afternoon, 25 additional ones were underway to Hoboken, Zimmer said.
Marine View resumed power on Saturday afternoon. Both buildings were without power and water for much of Sandy's aftermath.
Free shuttles are running up and down Washington Street in Hoboken School buses.
Zimmer said that everybody who suffered damage during the storm should register with the FEMA relief fund, by calling 800-621-3362.
The city of Hoboken suffered damage to multiple of its key buildings in town, including the Multi Service Center, two fire stations and the municipal garage.
"We are going to rebuild Hoboken," Zimmer said. "We are going to rebuild."
On Observer and Washington, hundreds of people picked up free gas from the Fuel Relief Fund, a non-profit from California. As of 2 p.m., a thousand gallons were already given out.
Joseph Lee, who drove the gas down from Boston, said he was shocked to be in Hoboken. "I thought the next stop was going to be Peru or someting," he said.
Free water and ice was available at Observer and Washington Streets. Verizon was present on Newark and Washington Streets with available lap tops and cell phone service.
Locations around town have been set up to pick up food: 76 Bloomfield St, 1st & Jackson, 220 Adams, 5th & Park, 9th & Jefferson, Fox Hill (13th & Willow). Bring shopping carts, bags, or backpacks to carry supplies back.
Zimmer also announced that election day is on at the announced polling places.
City Hall will be open for business on Monday, Zimmer said, and trash pick up is following its usual schedule.
Stay tuned to Patch for more updates, on public transportation as well as election day.