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Into Tuesday, More Than 7,000 Still Without Power in Toms River

Police headquarters, town hall among sites without power

Heading into Tuesday, the number of without power is half what it was a day ago. However, JCP&L reported 7,564 are without power as of 1 a.m.

It's a second day in the dark for many residents, as Toms River outages are widespread. JCP&L reported more than 17,000 were without power Monday, up from 15,000 Sunday.

Just two examples: Several sections of the Oak Ridge Parkway corridor remain without power due to downed utility poles in the area.

Homestead Run was without power through at least Monday afternoon, including a Sunday evening evacuation of several streets there due to flooding.

at Oak Avenue, as well as l on Washington
Street, were among the facilities operating without power.

“We came back on at 4 p.m. today,” said Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy. “We got through it. We were on back-up generators.”

The police chief said the incident was a learning experience.

“We quickly realized what wasn’t part of the back-up system, what we’d have to do without its computers, instead tracking down the circuit it was on,” he said. “It was a good drill, in a way.”

Township Administrator Paul Shives said town hall is working on back-up generators and remained open for a full business day on Monday. Township offices are open until 4:30 p.m. and Shives said there are no service interruptions to township services except for the partial closure of due to flooding.

municipal golf course is also open but without power, Shives said, which means the electronic tee-time reservation system was down until power can be restored.

Shives said township offices at Washington Street are doing the best they can while operating on back-up power.

"The employees need to be commended," Shives said. "They've stepped up and we even managed to open Ortley Beach today. I didn't think we'd see that happen."

However, he asked residents calling into town hall to be patient. "The phones go in and out," Shives said.

Toms River Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Paul Daley said he happened to meet a JCP&L representative while out after the storm Sunday and got to see a thick book of areas affected in Toms River.

"There's often no rhyme or reason to the power grid," he said. “You may have power but your neighbor across the street could not, that’s the power grid.”

Richard J. Thomas August 30, 2011 at 11:09 AM
I lost power Saturday night around 8 and got it back Monday right around 5 PM. Two days without power is a real pain but it could have been much worse. Hope those who still are out get it back soon.
Just theFacts August 30, 2011 at 12:17 PM
All things considered, our local response was very good. Thank you to Mayor Kelaher, The Police, Fire, EMS, DPW, and exeryone else who participated in helping keep our Community safe!
Rose August 30, 2011 at 12:39 PM
Did anybody else get robbed during this storm ?? some people in my neighborhood got robbed in Toms River
1stcav August 30, 2011 at 12:54 PM
In East Dover ???? Where ??? Rumors ????
SB Girl August 30, 2011 at 01:26 PM
I AGREE!! Thank you so much to all the men and women who helped keep us safe!! Our prayers are with those who had so much damage and/or are still without power.
madfree August 30, 2011 at 09:39 PM
Why did these poles come down? why dont they trim the trees so they dont fall on power lines? why cant nj build a dam system and have proper drainage to minimize flooding? aren't we paying utility bills and taxes to have this done? WTH is going on here?
Mark D August 30, 2011 at 10:33 PM
@madfree. They do trim the trees. Some company came down my block (Wake Forest Dr) about 2 months ago and cut everything that was near an overhead wire. Don't know if this is a townwide project or not or who was doing it (JCPL or Verizon) , but it was in fact done. I'm also happy to say that by some miracle, we didn't lose power durIng the storm. Don't know if that could be attributed to the tree trimming or not, but I thought for sure we would lose it at some point.
Rose September 01, 2011 at 10:15 AM
No It is not a rumor my step daughter got her house broken into in Gilford Park while she evacuated that is when the theives come out , they took alot of electronics and sentimental jewlery but more so invaded her privacy , sad .
Rose September 01, 2011 at 10:16 AM
Robbed in Gilford Park Sunday
1stcav September 01, 2011 at 04:14 PM
Ah yes Gilford Park , former home of Freddy ( the freeloader ) left because pickens were a tad small, onto better dwellings , close bye....Island heights just a small walk about to the gold mines of the rich and famous....Freight train comes bye again at mid- night ( Freddy ) be on it !!!
Rose September 02, 2011 at 12:44 PM
What does that even mean ??

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