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.