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More Than 33K Without Power in Ocean

Widespread outages still exist in Brick, Forked River, Toms River, Point Boro

Toms River, Brick, Forked River and Point Pleasant Borough remain among the communities in Ocean County still suffering from widespread power outages.

Jersey Central Power and Light was reporting an estimated 33,212 customers without power as of 11:50 a.m. Tuesday, with more than 20,000 centered in the aforementioned municipalities.

While outages are affecting a wide swath of the county, many municipalities are largely back online three days after Hurricane Irene downed trees, power lines and sparked flooding throughout the region. For example, the utility is reporting seven customers offline in Barnegat, and 22 in Bay Head, while other municipalities have several hundred customers still in the dark.

MUNICIPALITY OUTAGES Toms River 9,055 Brick 6,417 Forked River 3,663 Point Borough 2,795 Jackson 1,596 Bayville 999 South Toms River 835 Whiting 580 Point Beach 239 Lakehurst 73 Manchester 87 Barnegat 7


JCP&L said crews are "working around the clock" as flooding, downed trees and debris were complicating restoration efforts.

Ron Morano, a JCP&L spokesperson, said Monday night customers would be restored by next week at the latest, although the majority should be back on the grid by this weekend.

"We understand that our customers are upset because they're out of service. We ask them to please be patient with us. This is a process that takes time because the work needs to be done safely. We are working as hard as we can to return your service as quickly and safely as possible," Morano said.

To report an outage, call 888-544-4877.

Charlie LaPlaca contributed to this report.

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Cathy Smith September 01, 2011 at 04:22 PM
Unless you have walked and worked in "LINEMENS" shoes, don't comment!!!
Diane Clayton September 02, 2011 at 01:41 AM
Well said, Mitch. I'm proud of you and your dad. The lack of reasonable response/reaction to a variety of adverse situations is becoming so prevalent. So quick to find the need to blame and cast aspersions.
pat rider September 02, 2011 at 06:25 PM
hi everyone one thing i see u all is safe thank you god
Leonard John Russo July 27, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Thank you JCP&L....956 Fairview Dt Toms River NJ We have Power. bravo.


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