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UPDATE: Pelican Island Residents May Return to Homes "Before January 1st" - Mayor Says

Township sent request to state to allow residents to return.

Residents of Pelican Island may be able to return to their homes "within the next few days" after Hurricane Sandy struck in late October, Mayor Tom Kelaher said on the township's Website.

Kelaher said the township submitted a request through county's Office of Emergency Management  to Governor Chris Christie, asking to permit re-popuation.

The Township had updated its Website at 1:30 p.m.  The site had previously said Pelican Island residents may return to their homes as early as Jan. 1.

Electricity and sewer service are restored to Pelican Island homes and New Jersey Natural Gas has indicated that all gas meters will be reset Dec. 19 (tomorrow), the township said.

Currently the water on Pelican Island is not suitable for drinking and NJ American Water still has to finish up their projects, the township said.

Berkeley Township Mayor Carmen F. Amato Jr. said he is hoping residents of South Seaside Park, its portion of Pelican Island and neighboring Seaside Park will be able to return to their homes by Dec. 20. Berkeley's plan is awating approval by county and state officials.


dainty December 18, 2012 at 08:23 PM
We will also go into Pelican Island, once opened. We volunteer every Thursday and Friday. There are others groups helping as well. IF you NEED HELP cleaning up, please reach out! We call ourselves, “Weekday Warriors”. We have been clearing out homes for people in need. Most volunteers from the original SurfRiders volunteers! They were our original motivation. We are tying to get every home cleaned and cleared, one home at a time! Please join us! While yes, it is hard work, it is such a rewarding day. We have been clearing out homes of furniture, cabinets, sand, sheetrock and wood floors. Naturally, working as a team, a lot easier and faster! You are truly helping folks that are exhausted and overwhelmed! We work hard but we do share a few laughs! We start going over at 9 and we are off the Island by 3. Thank you and hope to see you!* Joan* on Facebook: Sandy - Weekday Warrior
grace December 18, 2012 at 08:32 PM
good luck and may god bless all the home owners of pelican island
James Rendleman December 19, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Nice picture of my boat. Glad I left it in the water instead of on blocks. It will be good to go home. I'm one of the lucky ones.

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