County crews working overtime to minimize effects of storm
FREEHOLD, NJ – Flooding and power outages resulting from Hurricane Irene continued Tuesday, creating hardships for those still without power and those traveling along state and local roads.
While a number of bridges and road closures will remain in effect until further notice, the newly constructed bridge over Doctor’s Creek in
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“Our county engineers are working 12-hour days inspecting the county’s bridges to make sure they are structurally sound,” said Curley, liaison to the Department of Public Works and Engineering. “In addition, many other divisions within the department have been reassigned to assist the engineers with their inspections. They are working hard to minimize the impact this storm has on residents.”
In addition to the above-mentioned locations, detours have been posted at these seven sites:
Jackson Mills Roadover the Manasquan Riverin ; Freehold Township
York Roadover Doctor’s Creek in ; Upper Freehold Township Southard Avenueover the in Howell; Manasquan River Swimming River Roadover the Swimming Riverin ; Tinton Falls Lake Driveover Takanassee Lakein ; Long Branch Holland Roadover Mahoras Creek in , and Middletown Township Fort Plains Roadover the north branch of the in Howell. Metedeconk River
“Our in-house engineers already met in the field with Dam Safety officials from the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and private contractors who can immediately begin work on the emergency repairs,” said John W. Tobia, director of the county’s Department of Public Works and Engineering. “Work on
Besides road closures and detours, residents are still affected by power outages. As of Tuesday afternoon, Jersey Central Power & Light Co. has restored service to approximately 440,000 customers with about 230,000 customers still without power in northern and central
JCP& L crews are making progress, but debris from downed trees and areas of heavy flooding are making restoration efforts challenging. Many of the outages associated with this storm are isolated and will require a significant number of repairs to bring all residents back in service.
- More than 1,700 FirstEnergy and JCP&L employees are working around the clock to restore service.
- JCP&L is working to replace 176 poles, 2,300 spans of wire and 331 cross arms. The work is labor intensive and will take several more days to complete.