Approximately 1,869 Lacey residents remain without power, according to JCP&L, after Hurricane Sandy and a snowstorm struck the area.
Lacey is on its eleventh day of cleanup efforts and “are progressing aggressively to bring our Township back to some form of normalcy,” Director of Public Works Casey Parker wrote in a letter to the township.
Due to the wind and tidal flooding, there were many forms of destruction and damage, he said.
“Our clean-up efforts focused on tree removal, silt, sand and mud removal, debris removal caused by floating objects, accumulated brush piles from yard cleanups, street sweeping, minor infrastructural repairs and the difficult task of removing the accumulation of damaged home interiors due to tidal flooding,” he said.
All but the last item are under control and will be completed within the next two weeks, he said. But based on the “enormous volume” of homeowner’s damaged contents, extra pickup days will begin Saturday, Nov. 10.
Starting Saturday, the following will occur:
- Meadowbrook Industries will have 12 compactor trash trucks dispatched to the flood damaged areas from Forked River Beach to Laurel Harbor. The focus on Saturday will be the Forked River Beach area.
- On Sunday, Nov. 11, Meadowbrook Industries will focus on the Sunrise and Laurel Harbor areas.
- On Monday, Nov. 12 and throughout the week, three compactor solid waste trucks will be added to the mix to focus on the flood damaged areas.
- On Wednesday, Nov. 14 and Saturday, Nov. 17, Meadowbrook will be utilizing the 12 trucks in the flood-damaged areas again.
- Meadowbrook will be providing leaf collection services beginning on Monday, Nov. 12.
The township will make another assessment on Saturday, Nov. 16 after the pickup.
The regular trash and recycling collection process and schedule will be ongoing, adding to the collection process.
Also, residents can call the Village Lutheran Church at 609-314-2686 for free tree and debris removal. The church has partnered with Shepherd's Heart Disaster Response Ministry that is overseeing volunteers from throughout the country. All services are free of charge.