The Township of Old Bridge continues with storm recovery efforts.
JCP&L linemen continue to work on substations within the Township of Old Bridge. Additional sections of town have come on line today. Unfortunately, JCP&L is still advising us that some customers in Old Bridge will not have power until Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at the earliest. I have been and will continue to be in contact with the representatives from JCP&L and will provide additional information as soon as it becomes available. Residents are encouraged to report outages to JCP&L at 1-888-544-4877 or visit http://www.firstenergycorp.com for further updates.
The Old Bridge Municipal Utilities Authority (OBMUA) has reported that the water system is stable and safe. There are no usage restrictions currently in place. THE OBMUA HAS NO PLANS TO SHUT OFF WATER SERVICE IN ANY SECTION OF OLD BRIDGE TOWNSHIP AT THIS TIME.
The emergency shelter is still active and open at the Carl Sandburg Middle School located at 3439 Route 516 in Old Bridge. The shelter can provide food and a place to sleep for displaced residents. Please note that this shelter cannot accommodate persons with medical needs or pets. A charging station is also available at this location. Residents can charge their cell phones, laptops and/or other portable devices.
Any Township residents who would like to make a food donation, or any donation, should contact the Dedicated Donation Line at (732) 721-5600 ext. 3072. Please do not contact the Police Department regarding donations as we are trying to keep the lines open for emergency services.
A general storm recovery informational meeting for residents who live in Wards 2 and 3 was held earlier this evening at the Cheesquake Fire Station. A meeting for residents who live in Ward 6 is scheduled for tomorrow (11/4/12) at 12:00 Noon in the South Old Bridge Volunteer Fire Company Engine Company #1 Building located at 958 Englishtown Road Old Bridge, NJ 08857. A meeting for residents in Ward 1 is also scheduled for tomorrow (11/4/12) at 2:00 PM in Saint Lawrence Roman Catholic Church located at 109 Laurence Parkway, Laurence Harbor, NJ 08879. Additional meetings may be scheduled for Sunday and Monday. Please contact your Ward Council Person regarding the dates and times for these meetings.
For information on disaster assistance, residents should contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at 1-800-621-3326 or visit the FEMA Website at http://www.disasterassistance.gov.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP. All officials from federal, state and/or local agencies should have proper credentials including picture identification. Do not hesitate to ask anyone representing a government agency to produce proper identification.
The election is still scheduled for November 6, 2012. The Township is currently working with the Middlesex County Board of Elections to finalize specific plans for Tuesday. Additional information will be posted on the Township Website. Please do not contact the Police Department regarding the upcoming election as we are trying to keep the lines open for emergency services.
Curbside recycling and leaf collection have been suspended until further notice. The Township Recycling Center will be open on Monday, November 5, 2012 between 7:00 AM and 3:00 PM.
I want to thank the residents, volunteers and employees of Old Bridge for their ongoing cooperation.
Mayor Owen Henry