Teaneck family moves into hotel as power outages continue across Bergen County

Around 3,600 people are still without power in Bergen County five days after Isaias swept through the area.

News 12 Staff

Aug 9, 2020, 9:19 PM

Updated 1,343 days ago

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A family in Teaneck says they had to move out of their powerless home into a hotel so they can continue to work remotely and get out of the hot weather. 
Jersey Central Power & Light reports that nearly 18,000 people area still without power in Bergen County Sunday night, five days after Isaias swept through the area. 
The largest concentration of power outages was in Teaneck. Along Dickerson Road, a tree snapped and hit a power line, damaging a home and leaving a neighboring family in the dark.
Sandi Waserman and her family of eight says all the food in the fridge has rotted. As well, they have had no air conditioning and no WiFi.
They say they have had no choice to move into a hotel because of the high temperatures and the need for WiFi to do college work and office work from home.
Mayor Dr. James Dunleavy says the number of trees down and the damage in the area was on par with Superstorm Sandy.
"Winds that were upwards of 70 plus an hour really did a lot of damage to our trees in town, which then unfortunately brought down a lot of power lines and damaged homes," he says. 
Dunleavy says a lack of communication from PSE&G slowed response time down this week.
"Coordination of them with the tree companies to take the trees down and safely repair, that was a big issue for us and for them," he says.
About 20,00 people were without power in Teaneck. The number got down to about thirty by Sunday evening. 
While the majority of the town has their power back, this continues to be very difficult for those still in the dark, like Waserman and her family.
"I am frustrated, annoyed and unfortunately sad. I don't wish this on my worst enemy," Waserman says.
The mayor says he will be having a meeting with state officials and the power company to discuss what went wrong and to ensure power is restored faster the next time around.
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