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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.

lorri higgins November 08, 2012 at 06:50 PM
What's the ETR for power restoration in Brick?
Carole Carter November 08, 2012 at 06:53 PM
The Mayor is not happy with the response? This is a monumental task and I know these men are working 16 hour shifts to restore our power. They have come from everywhere. How about a little gratitude and thanks?
MW November 08, 2012 at 06:58 PM
The power crews are doing an awesome job, especially Dominion! It's JCP&L's communication that could use a little work.
MW November 08, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Power restored to Jordan Rd.! Thank you so much to ALL of the utility workers!!! Your efforts are greatly appreciated!
read bull November 08, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Easter.
Suzanne November 08, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I agree!
Donna Lee November 08, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Indeed!! Thank You everyone!!
Jersey Girl November 08, 2012 at 08:09 PM
no power in cedarwood sections power all around us
Typical Obama Voter November 08, 2012 at 09:11 PM
I would like to know where Mayor Acrapolis is putting his best effort. Toms River MUA and its rate payers, or Brick township and its taxpayers. he can't be doing both full time. I know the power guys are only working for one company.
Jim November 08, 2012 at 10:27 PM
JCP&L botched this horribly. This is what putting profits before customers does. Our power infrastructure suffers horribly. The workmen are doing an impressive job, but wouldn't have to be if instead of pulling in profits JCP&L had invested in hardened infasteucture and buried power cables that scientists and power infrastructure specialists have told these companies time and again MUST be done.
KC November 08, 2012 at 10:51 PM
This may appear to be an irrelevant comment, but bear with me if you will.What in the name of God did they do to our once nice library here in Brick Township apart from taking away the one nice architectural feature - the sweeping semi - circular staircase? This was replaced by two cheaply constructed \ / unweildly staircases that cause an impediment to the elderly and handicapped. Granted there are still elevators to the top floor, but this resident is of the opinion that the structure should have deferred to age not the kindergarden that is now the entire first floorminus the one grand feature. Additionally, during this time of need, there was absolutely no heat on. This could have been a haven, in fact should have been a haven for those seeking warmth during this difficult time but was instead just as cold in appearance as it was in temperature. A typical Brick Township Box.
KC November 08, 2012 at 10:53 PM
But did ya notice when you said "everywhere" that they were all southern states? I am grateful to them and I have been w/o for ten days til now. Believe me I am grateful. However I cannot help but wonder where our more neighboring states where? I don't mean NY or Conn. I wonder about that though.
KC November 08, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Their "awesome" job is all the linemen. I think the fact that the power grid was considered such an antique by our southern neighbors - that they had some trouble adapting to such an antique, sheds light on the fact that the power companies did very little to maintain over the last two decades, despite plenty of bill paying customers. The guys on the poles will attest to this and they deserve all of our kudos.
KC November 08, 2012 at 10:57 PM
I hate that Patch does not allow an edit feature, despite a non functioning delete button. Here is what I should have typed. But did ya notice when you said "everywhere" that they were all southern states? I am grateful to them and I have been w/o for ten days til now. Believe me I am grateful. However I cannot help but wonder where our more neighboring states were? I don't mean NY or Conn. I wonder about that though.
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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