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Dispatch From the Middletown Mayor

Update on power outages, new cancellations, and brush collection

The following message was emailed Wednesday evening from Mayor Anthony Fiore. 

This is a nightly Storm update from Mayor Fiore.

As you all know by now we are in the midst of a nor’easter following Hurricane Sandy. We are hopeful that we do not experience further power outages this evening. We expect the storm tonight to peak between now and about 10:00 p.m. in terms of wind.

High tide is expected sometime after 2:00 a.m. There is a possibility of flooding in low lying areas of the Township as a result.

A few additional announcements:

The 55th Annual Veterans Day parade hosted by VFW Post 2179 has been cancelled as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

The Holiday Train Ride has been cancelled due to major damage NJ Transit rails have sustained as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

Due to the amount damage to trees caused by Hurricane Sandy there will be a Township-wide collection of brush. The Fall leaf collection will begin immediately following the completion of the emergency brush collection. The schedule for leaf collection will be revised as soon as possible once a completion date for this brush collection can be established. Brush will be collected as part of an emergency FEMA disaster relief effort. Residents are encouraged to assist this effort by dropping off their brush and leaves if possible, free of charge at the Middletown Township Recycling Center, located at 52 Kanes Lane (off Hwy 35).

FEMA has opened a Disaster Recovery Center at the Henry Hudson Activity Center Located at 945 Route 36 in Leonardo. The center is open from 8 AM to 8 PM daily. You can also apply or check your application status at fema.gov and by calling 1-800-621-FEMA. If you sustained losses or damages from Hurricane Sandy you may be eligible for disaster aid. Everyone is encouraged to apply even if you’re not sure if you’re eligible.

 Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation during this incredibly difficult time.

Please click here to listen to the mayor's Audio Update

Lorraine Barry November 08, 2012 at 12:04 AM
There are still of us in the dark who cannot get clear answers. It did not help to be told 3,000 would be restored today. Obviously I was not one of them. 4 houses on Bray Ave without power while the rest of the houses have been lit up since Monday. I was told now Friday?! Can someone give us answers
Nancy Farr November 08, 2012 at 12:46 AM
I agree 100% , and sympathize with, the poster above.....we are the ONLY house in our neighborhood without power...due to a dangling wire in out front yard...I am disabled and cold!! Hired an electrician who deemed it a fire hazard that JCPL should take care of immediately - that was a week ago. Daily calls only yield lies and false hope. This is disgraceful!! Whew - thanks for letting me vent!!!
mimi nelson November 08, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Saying a prayer for you both Lorraine and Nancy and all those without power.
Jan Scelsa November 08, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I would like some bigges to have to wakeup to 49 degrees. I bet their power was taken care. 2 blocks away has power but not us. I realize there are only certain amount of workers, but they go back to a warm Fort Monmouth. Now with this snow another 10 days?
Jacob November 08, 2012 at 07:38 PM
I am pretty confident that the issue is this: JCPL is not going into neighborhoods that have already been lit up to do single home or even a small # of home repairs. Simple as that. It is the 11th night and we are still without power, just on my street. We know the transformer was bad and had assessors here the past 3 days, telling us they are calling it in. JCP&L has left my localized area and will probably not provide this simple/small repair for the 12 affected homes for a while because it is only affecting a small handful of homes. Those people who are the only house not lit up, I feel even worse for you. It is going to be a long time (relatively) to get them to do a SINGLE HOME repair...
Lorraine Barry-Nicholson November 09, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Jacob I believe you are right and with the evacuation yesterday I have to wonder if they see us as a somewhat hopeless cause. I recognize that those of us that still have our homes are lucky. I would hope that those that have lost their homes have warmth + access to whatever they need to get their long recovery started. However at this point those left behind are barely getting our basic needs met and we can't get a response from anyone. Hmmm...same thing the mayor complained of

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