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More Than 9K Lacey Residents Still Without Power

Community Hall and the Forked River Baptist Church have opened with heat and outlets to charge electrical devices; Grace Initiatives provides clothing and supplies

More than 9,394 Lacey residents remain without electricity, according to JCP&L’s power outage map.

Township Administrator and Municipal Clerk Veronica Laureigh said.

The company is working to clear wires from downed trees. Once that is done and public works removes road blockage, JCP&L is able to restore power, she said.

JCP&L is using caution when restoring power in the waterfront areas, which were hit the hardest in Lacey, she said.

“JCP&L will be determining if it is safe to restore the transformers to those areas,” Laureigh said.

Those areas still have restricted access to residents only. Laureigh said police personnel may stop cars and asked for identification.

Community Hall is open and has heat as well as outlets that are available for residents to charge their electronic devices. The building will be open until 11 p.m. today.

Gadgets can also be charged at 69 Haines St. in Lanoka Harbor where a local resident has opened the garage as a charging station.

Residents can also stop by the Forked River Baptist Church. The church has heat, hot meals and outlets for residents to charge their electronic devices as well.

Grace Initiatives, a nonprofit organization that gives assistance to young pregnant women, has partnered with the church to provide residents in need with dry clothing. The church will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2.

The nonprofit is also collecting supplies such as toiletries and baby products for residents in dire need. Those products can be picked up at the thrift store located at 509 North Main St. in Lanoka Harbor from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Grace Initiatives receives its donations from the community and has many everyday items stocked, Executive Director Rhonda Tomko said.

“We work with broke people and people in need of help,” she said. “What better way to invest in our community.”

The Lacey United Methodist Church also remains open as a shelter.

The township is encouraging residents to comply with the orders and guidance from local emergency management and government officials in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and to avoid unnecessary risks. Unnecessary travel is not recommended, Laureigh said.

“Drivers are advised to stay off the roads whenever possible and otherwise drive with caution in consideration of the continued threat of downed power lines, trees, branches and the work of emergency management and utility crews,” she said.

“When necessary, drivers should follow the rules of the road, stay alert and respect the weather elements and the guidance and orders of emergency management and government officials,” she said.

FEMA information is available at www.disasterassistance.gov/ or call 1-800-621-3362. Ocean County is included as a location eligible for direct federal assistance.

Clean Up:

  • Recycling resumed on Wednesday. Garbage will resume on Thursday, Nov. 1. Pick up will occur on your next regular scheduled day.
  • Trees, branches and limbs can be placed in bundles at four-foot lengths, weighing no more than 75 pounds at curbside starting Monday, Nov. 5. Pick up will be on your regular recycling day within the next two-week period. This debris can also be brought to the recycling center. After Friday, Nov. 16, curbside pick up will not be available.
  • Residents east of Route 9 can dispose of lost items such as household furniture, bedding and clothing curbside beginning Monday, Nov. 5. All garbage should be packaged according to pick up regulations. This pick up will also be until Friday, Nov. 16. After that date, arrangements are the responsibility of the property owner.
  • Construction debris cannot be disposed of through garbage or recycling pick up. Residents will need to acquire dumpsters to transport the material to landfills.
  • Food waste can be disposed of through the normal garbage pickup.

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