UPDATE 8 p.m. - It appears that power has been restored to the area near Williams and the Boulevard and the Lodi border where a power outage was reported earlier Friday that was said to have lasted just a few hours.
The traffic light at Williams and the Boulevard was reported out around noontime, according to Heights Police Chief Michael Colaneri. By evening it was functioning once again as well as some of the stores in the Lodi area such as the Shop Rite and Kmart.
It was believed that the outage may have been possibly related to repair work by PSE&G.
Five days after Sandy, there are still many areas in town without power. Borough Hall was still without power Friday and operating on generator. Hasbrouck Heights Pizza has generator power but the rest of the shops along that street – Boulevard from Central to Madison – are closed. Shadow Mart and Minit Mart, the cleaners and other offices on Boulevard near Williams were without power as well as Danson Jewelers and most shops on that part of the Boulevard.
Residents also report that parts of Bell and parts of MacArthur Avenue are on day five with no power.
The majority of Route 17 businesses are all reopened. As for the gas stations Valero is out of gas, and the BP station on the northbound side which reopened Thursday bringing tons of traffic with it as word spread is already out of gasoline, according to Chief Colaneri.
The Shell gas station at Franklin Avenue and Route 17 north opened Friday after receiving a shipment of gasoline. Lines are backed up once again for miles along Route 17 north back into East Rutherford and Hasbrouck Heights police officers are on scene directing traffic. A long line of people armed with red generator gas tanks waited to fill up to keep their generators running.