Jersey City residents fleeing Society...

Jersey City residents fleeing Society Hill after five days with no power, neighbors say

There are 8 comments on the The Jersey Journal story from Nov 3, 2012, titled Jersey City residents fleeing Society Hill after five days with no power, neighbors say. In it, The Jersey Journal reports that:

Residents of Jersey City's Society Hill section are fleeing the area after living for five days without power thanks to Hurricane Sandy, according to men who spoke to The Jersey Journal.

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United States

#1 Nov 4, 2012
This is insane.

New York, NY

#2 Nov 5, 2012
pegs sucks!
Society Hill

Jersey City, NJ

#3 Nov 5, 2012
I hate PSEG.

Woodside, NY

#4 Nov 5, 2012
In the worst of situations,I havent experienced a power outage for more than a few hours even in an underdeveloped country like India!
I cant beleive we live in one of the most advanced countries and we have to go without power for more than a week! We lost power last Monday at 3:30pm.!!!
society hill resident

Darby, PA

#5 Nov 5, 2012
I hate this situation the houses are too cold come on ppl are we gonna be the last one who PSEG fix the power back c'mon

United States

#6 Nov 5, 2012
I hate my decision of living in society hill. We are like a forgotten step child. We have a newborn and can't even bring the baby home. PSE&G sucks and what is the mayor doing,. Everyone I know now has power.

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Nov 7, 2012
I agree we did not have power from 29th around 3pm until 6th Nov at 2am. The plus side was when hurricane sandy had destroyed homes and left many homeless, without water and power, many of us in society hill atleast had a safe home with hot water and cooking gas. I understand it was too cold with the falling temperatures but definitely a tonne better than many others suffering even without these. With such a magnitude of hurricane i cannot say if places like India as someone quoted will be able to be back in a week's time. I have faced the tsunami which hit Chennai and i know first hand how the relief effort works there. Kid you not it was pathetic chaos.
So appreciate the efforts put in by many people whether they were politicians, social workers, public servants, general public and businesses alike towards Sandy. Everyone came together.
I agree a time frame would have helped us all from the wait but again even before Sandy hit we were told this will be a long route to recovery and it was.
I hope the nor'eastern doesn't destroy the work done. Stay warm folks.
HCStymie at Society Hill

Indianapolis, IN

#9 Nov 3, 2013
The whining is annoying. I live in a corner unit in Society hill so I am more exposed to the weather than regular units and most of the time my place was in the mid 60's at night. 1 or 2 nights it dropped to the upper 50's. Don't you have blankets, a sweat shirt? Most of us still had water and gas so we could cook, take hot showers, and flush the toilet. We were informed that there were warm shelters people could go to and the Red Cross was here often with food and supplies for those who may need them. The police also made frequent patrols through the neighborhood.
Only thing missing was electricity. Of course they are going to fix the lines that people rely on the most. Society Hill is in its own little nook in Newark Bay so they don't need to fix our lines before they can get to others. We are at the end of the line. Not to mention our transfer station was under at least a foot of salt water when Sandy hit. Yeah, the power companies dropped the ball as far as being up to standards and what not but we didn't have it all that bad. And what do you think the Mayor is supposed to do? Pull power lines out of his ass? Force gas stations to magically generate gas? Some lady went on a campaign against the mayor because he wouldn't go out and buy gas (when nobody else could get it either) for our generator or get more bread for our hot dogs and hamburgers at the cook out.
We got lucky. If Sandy had hit an hour earlier, every ground floor unit in SS1 would have gotten flooded and those who were able to get their cars far enough onto the curbs to save them wouldn’t have done any good. And for a neighborhood that was covered by water on all four sides during a hurricane, there was very little damage. If you were all upset about living in Society Hill then you are free to move to the other sections of Greenville where you only have to worry about getting shot or burglarized or the downtown area where people in basement apartments had to leave, not because of the inconvenience, but so they wouldn't drown. If you are worried about hurricanes, then don't move to a neighborhood that is surrounded on 3 sides by water. And buy a generator.

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