Nearly four days after Hurricane Sandy struck the Jersey Shore, power has been restored to approximately 60 percent of Lacey Township, Township Administrator and Municipal Clerk Veronica Laureigh said.
“JCP&L is confident that the power will be 100 percent restored before their initial estimates of seven to 10 days,” she said.
The township is advising residents who live in waterfront areas severely damaged in the storm from wind and water to use caution when having power restored and gas.
“Once power is restored, please be sure it is safe in your home before you turn on the electric,” she said.
Access to waterfront areas still remains restricted to residents only. In some areas, such as Beach Boulevard, police personnel may ask for identification before permitting entrance.
- Residents can use the Lacey United Methodist Church, the Forked River Baptist Church and the Forked River Presbyterian Church for warmth and charging electrical devices. Donations of clothing and supplies have been made at the Methodist and Baptist Churches. Showers and laundry services are also available at the Methodist church.
- Schools will open Monday, Nov. 5.
- The high school Parent Teacher Student Association’s craft and vendor fair, which was to be held this weekend, will be postponed until the spring. Vendors will be refunded within the next few weeks. Donated baskets and food will be used at the association’s Sundaes for Santa in December.
- Trick or treating will take place on Nov. 5.
- FEMA information is available at www.disasterassistance.gov/ or call 1-800-621-3362. Ocean County is included as a location eligible for direct federal assistance.
- Those interested in volunteering to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy can contact the New Jersey volunteer emergency response hotline at 1-800-JERSEY-7 or backup hotline numbers at 609-775-5236 or 908-303-0471.
- Recycling pick up has resumed. Garbage will resume on Thursday, Nov. 1. Pick up will occur on your next regular scheduled day.
- Trees, branches and limbs can be placed in bundles at four-foot lengths, weighing no more than 75 pounds at curbside starting Monday, Nov. 5. Pick up will be on your regular recycling day within the next two-week period. This debris can also be brought to the recycling center. After Friday, Nov. 16, curbside pick up will not be available.
- Do not place raked leaves in the street. Leaves must be bagged and placed at the curb.
- Residents east of Route 9 can dispose of lost items such as household furniture, bedding and clothing curbside beginning Monday, Nov. 5. All garbage should be packaged according to pick up regulations. This pick up will also be until Friday, Nov. 16. After that date, arrangements are the responsibility of the property owner.
- Construction debris cannot be disposed of through garbage or recycling pick up. Residents will need to acquire dumpsters to transport the material to landfills.
- Food waste can be disposed of through the normal garbage pickup.
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