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Day 2 After Sandy: Updates from Freehold Officials

An update from Freehold Borough Mayor Nolan Higgins and Freehold Township Mayor Anthony Ammiano.

After two days without power in Freehold, town officials are asking residents to stay patient as New Jersey recovers from Hurricane Sandy.

In Freehold Borough, Mayor Nolan Higgins said that trash collection services are on for Thursday morning. Higgins also mentioned that crews have been working to remove trees that fell during the storm. According to Higgins, more than 10 trees fell on homes in addition to a large number of wires and transformers. The Freehold Borough Fire Department and First Aid were busy Monday night and assisted in many calls to residents.

In Freehold Township, Mayor Anthony Ammiano said the town is trying to get back into the swing of things by opening Municipal Offices THursday. Township residents are also able to use the Courthouse to charge up any electronics or for shelter, if needed. Some traffic lights are even back on in certain areas of the township. According to Ammiano, traffic lights came back on due to coordination with Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Additionally, CentraState Medical Center now has power back on. Ammiano also stated that the water in Freehold is safe despite rumors going around saying it is not.

Both mayors have been actively communicating with JCP&L. After today’s daily call, the latest from JCP&L is that lineman may start working Thursday afternoon or Friday. At this time, JCP&L is still saying the power will be restored in seven to 10 days.

Michael DeFilippo October 31, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Seven to ten days since the hurricane hit or from when they start physically working in the power?
Susan October 31, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Takes time for the trucks from out of state get there. The ones from Texas left even before Sandy hit. Count on at least a week from the day the hurricane hit and if it is shorter, great. If it is long then be patient. It takes time.
Bill Lombardi November 01, 2012 at 12:34 AM
So the storm was over by Tuesday AM and they won't even have crews in the area until Thursday afternoon the earliest! That is BS. I praised JCP&L after the summer tornado and how fast they got power back up but this is just wrong. They said they had 1400 crews ready to go before the storm. Where are they???
whgrn November 01, 2012 at 01:16 AM
They are still assessing the situation, which is beyond overwhelming. And some people in Freehold ARE getting power back, so someone somewhere is doing something.
Steve November 01, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Please get then to South Street ASAP
David M Salkin November 01, 2012 at 11:41 AM
There are currently over four thousand workers from all over the country working to restore power. The job is massive and on a Katrina- like scale.
Joe P November 01, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Is anyone looking to get the Montgomery Home up and running?
Valentina Chistova November 01, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Thanks to all workers that helping us 24/7!!!!!!
Batman November 01, 2012 at 01:27 PM
My bet is all of NYC will have power before Freehold. Con Ed will get it done. Haven't seen a crew anywhere in Monmouth County since storm ended. Crews won't even start work until late Thurs or Friday, what the h' is that!!
Cwalkz November 01, 2012 at 01:56 PM
I saw over 16 utility trucks in Manalapan yesterday morning! Lets keep our fingers crossed. Some people already getting power back as of last night.
Gene Zonis November 01, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Those of us on the Freehold / Howell border are alwayseft for last. Haven't seen a crew anywhere.
Michael Bernstein November 01, 2012 at 02:35 PM
NJ is such a bs and corrupt state. Most politicians including the mayors home is running on a state paid generator, so no worries on thier end, it's such BS....
Michael Bernstein November 01, 2012 at 02:42 PM
It's such a corrupt state. Cops are highest paid in country and do nothing, except hang out at freehold mall hitting on teenage girls. What a joke, or cruising the parking lot talking on their cell phones and stop you when you talk on yours. Selective enforcement. Don't make a left turn in raceway mall parking lot, it's a moving violation, but police cars do it all day long!!!!
Amy Caro-Brown November 01, 2012 at 06:01 PM
My husband I feel like we hit the jackpot with only having our power go out. With all of the devastation-folks losing their homes, their lives, their businesses, we are grateful that it was only the power. Our power did go back on last night and we think that we are on the same power grid as Centrastate. Even if it did not go back on, we feel lucky that nothing else happened like trees falling and damaging our home and making it unliveable.
Fran Bertolo November 02, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Many people don't even have their homes anymore! Maybe those who don't have power can spend some quiet time thanking God that they still have their homes and their lives.
BoroPride November 03, 2012 at 05:26 AM
Some people are so selfish. They really need to count their blessings and be greatful that they have a home to restore power to. Some people make me sick. Thanks to all the guys and gals with the utility companies, the locals, the ones from out of state and the ones from CANADA!!!! Awesome job. And for all the idiots that have been bashing all these workers...take a step back and put yourself in their shoes. Its a VERY dangerous job. And if you did see them pulled over having a bite to eat, MAYBE that was the only thing they had to eat in days. Again, selfish people make me want to throw up in my mouth.

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