All power that can be safely restored in Point Beach is expected to be completed tomorrow, according to an updated report from the police department.
"The Point Beach Building Department has advised that inspectors walking door to door have completed their inspections," according to a prepared statement from the police department.
"Due to a greater volume than anticipated of meters that required removal, JCP&L has now advised that all power than can safely be restored to residences and businesses in town will be completed sometime tomorrow (Sunday). Residents with any questions or concerns are requested to contact the Building Department at 732-892-1118 during business hours. Please expect delays as there is a heavy call volume," the statement says.
On Saturday morning, the hope had been that all power, except on properties that had water-damaged meter boxes, could be restored by tonight.
"For residents and business owners who are not in town, please note that there is a large contingent of power and utility trucks and crews actively working in all areas of the community," the statement says.
"For additional information you may also refer to the JCP&L website at www.firstenergycorp.com. Residents with questions are requested to contact the Building Department at 732-892-1118."
The Building Department is open from 9 a.m. to noon today, tomorrow and Monday. Monday had originally been scheduled as a day off for municipal staff since it's Veterans' Day. But in light of the emergency outage situation, the town decided to have the office open for half a day.
After Monday, the Building Department will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Residents in need of manpower assistance in clearing debris from their residence are encouraged to go to the Masonic Lodge, 911 Richmond Ave., to make arrangements during the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. They are also open for the distribution of clothing, non-perishable foods and household supplies.
The Point Pleasant Beach School System is now open and is on a normal schedule. Please refer to www.ptbeach.com for additional school-related information and details. St. Peter’s School will re-open on Monday, November 12 on a normal schedule.
FEMA officials said after Tuesday's Point Beach Council meeting that the new location for the closest FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is the Civic Center at 270 Chambersbridge Rd., Brick.