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Up To 2 Weeks For Power, Shelters Available

Many roads still detour motorists throughout Washington Township.

If the calendar didn’t say so, one wouldn’t think Wednesday was actually Halloween. Often a festive, fun-filled occasion in Washington Township.

Unfortunately, residents are experiencing anything but treats.

Schools are closed through the end of the week, some 6,400 residences in the township are without power according to the mayor, and many roads are still impassable to motorists, all because of Hurricane Sandy’s destructive path through the area Monday.

The township is currently using Fairmount Firehouse and Schooley’s Mountain Firehouse as warming centers where residents can go to heat up and charge electronic devices, according to the Office of Emergency Management.

“As long as residents make use of the centers,” said Washington Township Mayor Ken Short, “we’ll keep them open.”

The Schooley’s Mountain Firehouse will also serve as an overnight shelter Wednesday for residents to go, Short said. Cots will be available, but residents will need to bring their own pillows, blankets and snack foods. There will be no cooking areas available.

Residents are also able to receive potable water by bringing their own containers to Schooley’s Mountain Firehouse, the Washington Township Police Department, Washington Township Municipal Utilities Authority, and Fairmount Fire Company.

The damage from Hurricane Sandy is widespread, and a timetable on restoration of electricity is still a moving target.

“(Jersey Central Power & Light) is in the area, and I know they are working,” Short said. “They’re still saying seven to 10 days for power to come back, but I’ve heard up to two weeks as well.”

Department of Public Works personnel and volunteer firefighters have been working around the clock to move trees from roadways. However, if a tree is lying on a power line or utility pole, the township is required to wait for JCP&L crews to handle the situation.

Washington Township has also activated a local, non-emergency hotline for residents to call to report downed trees on their road and the need for basement pumping by local fire departments rather than calling the county's dispatch.

That number is 908-876-4633. If the line is busy, continue to call until you get through to someone, emergency management officials said. 

For more Hurricane Sandy coverage on Patch, go here. 

LVMom November 01, 2012 at 01:03 PM
i know.. this whole thing is a mess... i have a tree that is leaning on the wires.. and it leans more and more daily a quick cut would insure that it doesn't break wires and require a big fix... but no let's wait for it to pull all the wires down so people can be out longer!
John Reed November 01, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Listen to WRNJ (104.7 FM or 1510 AM) for up-to-date information. Listeners can call in and local mayors are in touch with the station and they are providing an excellent service for the greater community! Dig out your old transistor radios and tune in.
Jon November 03, 2012 at 12:00 AM
I heard on WRNJ that Mayberry's in Port Murray got a truckload of generators today. I'm heading over there first thing in the morning. If we get hit by another storm next week, I want to be ready this time.
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