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Evacuation Order Lifted for Brick Mainland; Power Woes Plague Township

Knights of Columbus offer spaghetti dinner to those affected by storms

A mandatory evacutation order for a number of neighborhoods in Brick's mainland portion will be lifted Thursday afternoon, police said Tuesday.

The Brick Township Office of Emergency Management will lift the mandatory evacuation order for the mainland portion of town at 3 p.m., according to Brick Police Sgt. Keith Reinhard.

The township's barrier island sections remain closed to the public.

The mainland evacuation was ordered due to a nor'easter that followed the landfall of Hurricane Sandy last week.

The nor'easter has left Brick in poor shape thanks to downed trees and power lines caused by the heavy, wet nature of the unusual November snowstorm. Numerous traffic lights were out again on Route 70, prompting officials to park school buses in the middle of intersections to block traffic from attempting to cross the busy state highway.

Jersey Central Power and Light reported 13,076 customers in Brick being out of power out of approximately 34,000 total customers.

Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis said he is planning to meet, alongside other local mayors, with the utility to discuss the company's efforts to restore power.

"I'm not happy with the response," he said.

Meanwhile, organizations were stepping in to help those affected by the second storm in just over a week.

Brick Knights of Columbus Council 836 has announced it will host a spaghetti dinner Friday evening at its building at 1065 Cedar Bridge Avenue. Dinner will be served from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The township's FEMA disaster center is also open and now located in Civic Plaza, on Chambers Bridge Road.

KC November 08, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Personally I think that our grid is so antiquated and took such a hit, ANY restoration will be temporary at best. Like a lot of our infrastructure this was largely ignored during the last two decades of steal with both hands politics. IMO of course, but it is based on talking to a lot of people.
KC November 08, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Brick Township governing bodies are also responsible in part for never ever maintaining the heavily wooded areas. These huge oak trees were rotten to the core. Individual property owners are also culpable for ignoring obvious blight. Now we all suffer. The town is a mess due to these ugly swamp oaks.
Cthusker November 08, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Perhaps if the Idiot and Chief had used a good portion of the 1 trillion wasted in TARP the country could have made a good downpayment with burying and hardening those old rotted utilities! Nope... better to hand the money to place like GM and Wall Street... We have the same old same old to look forward to for the next 4 years again...
Jim November 08, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Why should we give the utilities who have had record profits for years money? GM got money to save manufacturing jobs. There is no need to save lineman jobs because the power companies haven't recorded a loss in years even after Irene. Stop being a dumb conservative and actually read facts outside of Fox News.
johny9179 November 09, 2012 at 04:03 AM
with all this storm coverage what happened to all the crimes in Brick? I love reading about my friends getting arrested on this site!!!

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