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Curfew For Freehold Boro Sunday Night

Work continuing following powerful Saturday storms

Following Saturday's storm which has continued to leave residents in Freehold Township and Freehold Borough without power Mayor J Nolan Higgins announced a curfew has been instituted.

The curfew will run from dawn until dusk according to a press release issued by Monmouth County. "The issue right now is safety," Mayor Higgins said "I know residents want to pitch in, but because it is not immediately known how many of our downed wires are live, they should be avoided at all costs."

The mayor encouraged residents to "avoid the dangers and stay indoors after dark until power is restored."

As part of the curfew officers from the Freehold Boro police along with the Monmouth County Sheriff's Office will be patrolling the area. A reverse 911 system was used following the storm and police were distributing fliers in English and Spanish to alert them about the curfew according to the county.

Since the storm the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders has sent crews from the Department of Public Works and the Division of Shade Tree to help in the cleanup efforts.

In the wake of Saturday's storm Freeholder Director John P. Curley said following the storm the county is providing the help it can to the area residents. "When an emergency arises, especially a storm that causes extensive damage and jeopardizes safety, the county is more than willing to help," he said. "Violent storms have been an almost daily occurrence here in Freehold all week, and we thank God no one was injured."

Freeholder Deputy Director Thomas A. Arnone said the fact that Freehold was impacted directly also affects how the county operates. "Freehold is the county seat, so when a disaster strikes the borough it also affects county operations," he said. "The county has resources above and beyond what Freehold Boro has at its disposal, so we will do whatever we can to assist during the crisis."

Saturday's storm also left its mark on other parts of the county including the East Freehold Showgrounds on Kozlowski Road that tore tents and knocked down trees. The storm forced the early cancellation of the Monmouth County Fair which was being held at the fairgrounds.

The press release from the county said crews from JCP&L worked through the night and got extra help Sunday afternoon "to help assess the damage and begin clearing debris and restoring power." An estimated 3500 in the Boro and the Township lost power as a result of the storm.

As of Sunday night there was no estimate as to when the power would be restored.

Until power is restored there are a number of locations Boro residents can go to get free ice and water. They include:

  • The Foodtown Park Ave. Route 33 in Freehold
  • ShopRite South Street, Route 79 in Freehold
  • Acme, Route 9 in Freehold
  • Stop & Shop Raintree Town Center in Freehold Township.

The Monmouth County press release also provides suggestions from JCP&L for residents who lose power. They include:

If only
your lights are out:

Check your circuit breakers or fuses.

  • If no breaker is tripped or fuse is blown, the
    problem may be in the connection between JCP&L’s wires and your home. Call JCP&L’s toll-free, 24-hour Outage Reporting Line, 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877)
  • Follow these other steps:
    • To safeguard your equipment and appliances - and
      to ease the initial load when power is restored – turn off or unplug televisions, VCRs, DVD players, stereos, computers, and appliances that use electric motors such as refrigerators, freezers or air conditioners, until power is restored. Leave an incandescent light plugged in so you know when the power comes back on.
    • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. These appliances are well insulated, so food will keep for hours if opening the
      door is kept to a minimum.
    • Use a flashlight or battery-powered lantern for light. Use care when burning candles; open flames are a dangerous fire hazard.

If your neighbors’ lights are out, too:

  • Call JCP&L. They may not know that your
    power is out unless you notify them. To help them  respond most effectively, use their
    toll-free, 24-hour Outage Reporting Line, 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877).
  • Follow the other steps to take (above) during an outage.
Ron Griffiths July 30, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Freehold Borough has not experienced a storm of this magnitude in at least 50 years. We were blessed that there were no major injuries or deaths. I want thank the people who worked to mitigate the problems this storm created. Thank you Mayor Nolan Higgins and the council members who were part of the noon meeting with the OEM, the county and JCP&L. The Mayor and council members asked JCP&L for a definitive timeline on when power would be restored. They stated the need to help our senior citizens who are at the highest risk when A/C and electricity fail. The county plowed through their major streets, cleaning up Routes 537, 79 and Manalapan Ave. and then moved on to borough streets. They were awesome! The Freehold Borough Police Dept., Fire Dept.and Freehold First Aid were on scene to help and protect our citizens. The mayor declared a state of emergency. He got the cooperation of Freehold Township's Public Works Dept (thank you Mayor Amiano) and they worked with the borough and county to clear downed trees. I am amazed at how fast service was restored to most of the borough. Thank you Mayor Higgins, council members Syms and Shutzer, Freeholder Curley, Mayor Amiano, JCP&L and all who I failed to mention. Your cooperations turned a potential disaster into an exercise in how to respond! I know the work is not done. but I commend you for your efforts to date. Ron Griffiths a grateful resident.
Time2tell July 30, 2012 at 03:56 AM
NO Some times you gotta wait! KATHY IF you don't want to wait.. TOO BAD! go for a walk ...HAVE FUN AND DO WHAT YOU WANT and dont wait....go to another town......and shhhh!
Kathy Rae July 30, 2012 at 04:29 AM
It has nothing to do with waiting. It has everything to do with Freehold Twp. residents being left in the dark (pun intended) by public officials and police. They may have had a rapid response in assisting Freehold Boro as another poster pointed out, but they have done a poor job of alerting township residents of what is going on. I have gotten any and all information through Freehold Boro. No excuse!
Pat Yaeger July 30, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Pat Yaeger I had to wait till I came into work to see the site...We are on Barkalow Avenue and I was fine with the storm until last night when I went and asked one of the Tree Company workers that the Boro hired for some help and was told No they couldn' t help because there where no wires involved in the tree parts that came down in our yard. Well there had been but, when we were afraid that they were going to be pulled off the house and do damage we got the tree off the electric wire but the cable wire was taken down when it got caught on one of the tree services truck and broke off at the house. Then they had the nerve to sit for over a hour and a half and do nothing . 4 trucks 4 crews trees all down and doing nothing...somethings wrong with that picture..
Kathy Rae July 30, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Well all emergency work is being paid with state and federal funds, so they are like govt. workers now!!
susan August 01, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Thanks to all who helped in getting freehold boro back to normal.

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