400 in Freehold Remain Without Power

According to a JCP&L spokesperson, power will be restored in Freehold later today.

This story was updated with comments from Mayor Nolan Higgins at 1:15 p.m.

Lightning, downed poles, and a water main break are all contributing factors in Monday's power outages in parts of Freehold, said JCP&L spokesperson Ron Morano.

Accoridng to Morano, as many as 400 JCP&L customers are without power in the South Street section of Freehold today after lightning from the storm hit a tree and took down two poles. The water main break in the area is also believed to be caused by the fallen trees. 

"We are out there working and doing as much as we can to get power back in the area," said Morano. "We are hoping to have power restored to all by this afternoon."

In response to the power outages, Mayor Nolan Higgins commended JCP&L on their work surrounding the power outages. In an email to Patch, Higgins stated the following.

​Freehold Borough suffered considerable damage from Saturday’s fast moving storm, leaving many residents and businesses without power for varying periods of time.  

Particularly hard hit was the South Street, Helen and Barkalow Avenues, and Reid Way neighborhood.  

I am pleased to report that JCP&L has been responsive both in the field and in keeping me informed of the situation.  They were on the scene quickly after the storm, working to restore power and responding with our Fire Department to an electrical fire at one of our residences 

​Our JCP&L representative Jerry Ricciardi kept in contact with me every few hours to update me on their progress.  The foreman on the scene has been responsive and has kept us up-to-date on the work and the issues that were slowing the restoration of power.  One affected pole contained three circuits which made it more difficult to replace. 

Our Police Department, Street Department, and Water Department along with our Emergency Management Group were on scene and continue to monitor the area. Chief Roberts is providing updates to us. 

​We still have approximately 225 people without power.  I understand how frustrated they are during this ordeal and assure them that Freehold Borough and JCP&L are doing everything possible to restore their power as quickly as possible

Click here to see a map from JCP&L which shows where outages are currently being experienced by customers. 

This is a developing storyline, more information will be added to this article as it becomes available.

Marc LeVine July 09, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Impatienlty waiting. This mess caused us $300 in spoiled food and $133 for a room at the Raddison, BOTH are coming off my electric bills.
Leslie July 09, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Freehold Patch needs to hire an editor: "Lighting, down polls..." vs. "Lightning, downed poles..." Tsk, tsk, tsk...
Jacklyn Corley (Editor) July 09, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Sorry about that, Leslie -- the typos have been fixed.
Steve July 09, 2012 at 05:55 PM
We were not able to leave our house but it did cost us for a generator ($500) and gas for it ($40.) Although I was fortunate enough to take advantage of the $5. allotment from JCP&L for ice. Wow, even the $5.00 didn't cover the cost of ice, maybe JCP&L should consider raising it to $10. Oh that probably won't work it will take away from their profits. I guess I should be pleased that it only took 42 hours to restore our electricity and not 3 1/2 days like the time before. Has any one from JCP&L ever thought of upgrading, maintaining, and correcting the old wiring after the storms, or do we just wait until it happens again. Time for some serious questions and answers as to HOW CAN WE PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING AGAIN.
Will Fernandez July 11, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Steve, Maybe Freehold Borough should start pruning the trees throughout the town! These massive trees have huge limbs and some are rotting from the inside out. I live right next to the tree that was STRUCK BY LIGHTNING on South Street which fell not only on electric poles but on someones CAR (thankfully they both made it out alive). These trees are MASSIVE in height and overall size. JCP&L cannot be blamed for trees and tree limbs falling which damage power lines. You're talking about a tree that weighs TONS! Myself and my family APPLAUD JCP&L for resolving the power outage issue. They had to install two new electric poles and attach all the old wiring to the new poles. That's not a one hour repair. PLUS JCP&L had to WAIT for the DOT to clear the fallen tree (the DOT also did a remarkable job!!). So your answer to "CAN WE PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING AGAIN" is, yes, as soon as the town starts evaluating, pruning and removing trees that potentially will cause future damage. BUT if you love the beautiful trees in Freehold Borough then you'll have to suffer once in a while with a power outage due to downed trees. Will Fernandez


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