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Got a Crooked Utility Pole from the Hurricane? Report It!

PSE&G wants to know where tilted and unstable utility poles are so they can be replaced.


The region took a battering from Hurricane Sandy, and that includes the sturdy wooden poles that hold up utility and telephone lines.

More than a few crashed down in the hurricane's wake. Many more are leaning dangerously over to one side or another from the high winds. 

PSE&G said since they began restoring service after the hurricane, they've replaced at least 2,500 utility poles and 1,000 transformers, as well as cut down more than 41,000 trees that were impairing their ability to get to electrical lines.

If you have a crooked utility pole on your street, the company wants you to report it.

Ralph LaRossa, the company's president and chief operating officer, said that anyone who notices a crooked utility pole should make it known to PSE&G.

Call 1-800-436-7734 and give the nearest street address and the town where the pole is located. Provide a cross street if possible.

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Dave November 12, 2012 at 06:37 PM
If you look on the pole there's a metal Packard with numbers on it. If you call PSEG with that number they know exactly what pole it is.
slyfox1961 November 12, 2012 at 07:52 PM
@Dave: how did they get a Packard up on the pole? DId they drive it up there? Unless you mean a metal placard. But since you capitalized Packard as a proper noun, we must assume you mean the automobile brand.
Cristina November 12, 2012 at 08:01 PM
FYI: we called after reading this article and PSEG came right out. We have several leaning poles and one that is split, tilted and anchored and they said unless it falls they aren't touching it.
Derek November 12, 2012 at 08:36 PM
So, since they will not replace them until after they have fallen and caused $1000's in damages, can we get the phone number for Ralph LaRossa, since he said this in the article above "Ralph LaRossa the company's president and chief operating officer, said that anyone who notices a crooked utility pole should make it known to PSE&G".
Dave November 13, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Sly fox Ty for correcting me. Yes. A placard. And although I don't have a degree in English. I guarantee that if you had a pole leaning over with possibly 13.6 kv towards your house, you would have been out there looking for a placard or Packard and calling PSEG. Some people boy!
Dave November 13, 2012 at 02:23 AM
They will replace if they feel its a imminent threat. The wires will actually hold a split or broken pole up. They wrap them with ropes to secure them to themselves to prevent the pole from braking free and spinning around like a airplane propeller. They will eventually replace but it becomes a priority issue. Be patient! These guys are busting there backs to fix it all.
David Smith November 13, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Maybe they can get the tree of the wires on the corner of Stoniker and Princeton Pike before they work on those poles. Called them last week tree getting lower each day,
slyfox1961 November 13, 2012 at 12:43 PM
@Dave: it was meant in a light hearted way!

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