Mayor: "Slow But Steady" Electrical Progress
More residents start seeing their power return Thursday night in Easton.
Easton has seen easier weeks.
True, the city wasn't hit nearly as hard as places on the coast. There's no subway here to flood, no boardwalk to wash away.
But residents here have spent going on five days now without power, with roads closed off, with busy thoroughfares like South Third Street clogged with out-of-state cars looking for gasoline.
All week, readers wrote in about their experiences.
Some tried to take in in stride.
"Hanging out with my kids telling them stories of when I was a kid...they are loving it...I just hope our power is on soon," wrote Rebecca Taylor Tone.
Her comment was followed by a less cheerful one from another reader: "Right now I'm drinking. I'm losing my mind. Ugh!!!!"
Some were angry, like Bob Faro, who took water and sandwiches to the residents of Easton's Walter and Harlan houses, who spent most of the week with no electricity in a section of the city that had -- for the most part -- remained lit up.
"Many are [either] in walkers, wheelchairs, with oxygen or otherwise restricted yet all around these buildings they have power," he wrote. "This is atrocious and very risky not making their power a top priority."
Met-Ed had restored power to about 2,000 customers in Easton between Thursday morning and Thursday evening, althought more than 4,000 were still in the dark, according to the utility company's outage map.
Mayor Sal Panto said the city was seeing a "slow but steady" climb back towards recovery. He noted that all of the city's neighborhoods had at least had enough roads reopened to provide emergency access, but added that a large number of people -- himself included -- were still without power.
That was Thursday afternoon. By the evening, more and more neighborhoods saw their lights come on.
Other ways the storm effected the Easton region this week:
- Students from all area schools haven't been to class all week. Wilson may have to temporarily move some of its bus stops and sent Williams Township Elementary Students to the Intermediate School because of closed roads and power outages.
- Numerous events were postponed or canceled. Easton and Phillipsburg's shared Halloween parade was called off for the first time in its history, while Easton and virtually every other community around pushed their trick-or-treat night back from Halloween night to this Saturday.
- On a more positive note, local businesses opened their doors to people without power. For example, both the Suddenly Samantha and J. Morgan salons offered free hair washing to people who haven't been able to shower.
How has the storm affected your life? Tell us in the comments.