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Storm Update: Power Expected to be Restored by Tonight

First Energy Spokesperson explains that 1,200 in Freehold are still without power.

This story was updated at 11:30 a.m. with comments from Freehold Borough Councilman George Schnurr. 

Select areas of Freehold have power restored but as many as 1,200 residents are still in the dark according to a First Energy spokesperson.

“JCP&L crews will be working around the clock until all power has been restored to Freehold,” explained Scott Surgeoner, spokesperson for First Energy and JCP&L. “We are hoping to have all power restored by this evening, however, in the harder hit areas power may not be restored until tomorrow morning.”

In a previous article, a report from Freehold Borough Councilman John Newman explained that storm damage included as many as 20 downed poles. Numerous trees have also been uprooted in town in addition to much debris.

"The good people of Freehold seem to be holding up better than the trees and the electrical grid," said Freehold Borough Councilman George Schnurr in an e-mail to Freehold Patch. "In terms of the recovery effort, one of the things that seems to be working in our favor is that unlike Hurricane Irene, this weather event is very localized. Since that is the case, outside resources are being focused to help in Freehold instead of being spread out all over the state."

Schnurr's email also thanked Freehold Borough Mayor Nolan Higgins who worked side-by-side with Council President Sharon Shutzer who is also the Public Safety Committee Chairman. 

"The response from the state, county, and JCP&L has been incredible. That has complimented the very strong effort by Freehold Borough police, fire, first aid and streets and road department. Some of our people worked almost 24 hours straight and are out there again the first thing this morning," explained Schnurr. 

In response to the storm, the Freehold Township Committee has authorized the Recycling Center be open for drop-off of storm related brush on Monday, July 30 until Saturday, August 4. The center will also be open for collection on Monday, Aug. 6 and Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

For more information and assistance, please contact the Public Works Department at 732-294-2160.

Bill McGonigle July 30, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Monmouth County crews did a terrific job on East Main Street.They worked diligently from 2 am until after 10 am to clean up all the debris and remove dangerous trees and limbs. They were extremely cordial and kind to all the residents. Thanks also to the Colts Neck Fire Company who cleared a path for emergency vehicles soon after the storm. Thanks to JCP&L for restoring our power in 24 hours. We suffered terrible damage to our property and it was a comfort to have so many neighbors and friends helping us out. Bill & Kathy McGonigle
Kit Cooper-Mauser July 30, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Can't say enough how fast and efficient all workers, from tree services to electrical contractors and pole replacement personnel have been. Thank-you for all the hard work and dedication. They worked through both nights so far!!
Judi Ralyea July 30, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Judi Ralyea I have to agree...I think they really did a fine job in an amazing amount of time with all the damage there was. Kudos to all from a grateful borough resident!!
Alice Stevens July 30, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Thanks to all of the workers who got power back for us this morning. The extent of the damage is hard to believe. It seemed every street in the burough was effected when I drove to work this morning. I also think that the curfew was a great idea!

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