Sunday, August 28, 2011
Flooding recedes but power and cable outages remain
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Joseph Hyer
Sunday, August 28, 2011
The skies are clearing, but the tropical winds remain gusty Sunday evening, as the clean up from Hurricane Irene continues in Lacey Township. As sunset approaches, for some tonight could be another night spent in the dark. The homes of at least 2,500 Forked River residents and 1,500 Lanoka Harbor residents remained in the dark just after 5p.m. JCPL has reported that they have brought in teams from other states, and an Ohio Edison power truck was seen on Laurel Blvd. just after 2 p.m. The driver of the pickup truck appeared to be on a cell phone, but was not working on any power lines at the time. And for those with power, other troubles still remain, as Comcast's Cable Service remains out for much of the community. Comcast spokesman Jeff …
The township experienced downed trees and flooding
Lacey Township is bustling once again. Cars are out on the road and stores are open. Residents are walking their dogs, flying kites and driving around taking photos of the impact of Hurricane Irene. Beach Boulevard in Forked River was one of the more affected areas in town with plenty of tidal flooding. Water was well above the knees and swans were swimming on local's property in some areas. Parts of Lacey are still experiencing power outages. According to JCP&L 1,830 customers are without electricity. Feel free to upload your photos to this gallery or e-mail them to email@example.com.
The Lacey United Methodist Church closed their doors as a shelter following breakfast this morning at 11 a.m.
The Lacey United Methodist Church closed as a shelter at approximately 11 a.m. this morning. “I thought it was beautiful. A lot of people came together, encouraging each other that all would be well,” Pastor Linda Applegate said. About 21 residents, primarily seniors, and volunteers found refuge at the church as Hurricane Irene ripped through Ocean County. Entertainment was provided by a parishioner who plays guitar and the group played Uno and shared stories into the wee hours of the night, Applegate said. The shelter closed earlier today after bacon, eggs and pancakes were served for breakfast. “The fellowship was beautiful. It was very special to be able to offer that kind of hospitality,” she said.