RED BANK, NJ – Hurricane Irene has largely passed our area and the Borough weathered the storm fairly well. There are however numerous trees and limbs down as well as utility lines down. Do not approach downed trees or wires until they have been cleared by JCPL crews. Some roadways in the Borough still have debris on them and there is minor road flooding in some areas.

Residents are asked to refrain from vehicle travel for the next several hours to allow crews to clear the roadways.There is still the likelihood of heavy rain showers and moderate wind over the next few hours. This could cause more similar damage such as down trees. Additionally, we are experiencing a considerable tidal surge in low lying areas. The water will continue to rise for a few more hours.

The mandatory evacuation of the Locust Landing Apartment complex remains in effect at this time. We are aware of sporadic power outages in the area of Tilton Avenue and on the far east side of town near the Fair Haven border. The power company is aware of these outages but at this time we do not have an estimate of when power will be restored.

Another update will be issued when the situation is more secure and travel is safer.

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...