Mill Road (County Road 557) in Upper Township is closed due to a collapsed roadway. Runoff from this weekend’s storm eroded the embankment and roadbed around an existing storm drain pipe. Mill Road is just south of and parallels NJ Route 49. Mill Road is closed from Woodbine Road to Cedar Avenue in Upper Township.
County road crews have installed road closed signs and are prepping the work site. Walters Marine Construction, Inc. will begin work to repair the roadway tomorrow, September 1, 2011.
A major concert that was supposed to take place during the weekend storm has been rescheduled in Avalon. The Bay Atlantic Symphony will perform in Avalon on Saturday, September 17th at the Avalon Free Public Library. The symphony was scheduled to play its final performance in Avalon on Saturday, but Hurricane Irene washed out those plans. People who had tickets for the weekend show can use those same tickets for the September 17th make up date.
One local committeeman was happy with his town’s response. Committeeman Dan Lockwood told Coastal Broadcasting that the combination of city hall employees, police, fire, and other volunteers. Lockwood noted the sheltering process and the assistance they provided to those who were in need. He said some minor clean up remains, but Middle Township is getting ready for the Labor Day weekend.
The Cape May County Chamber is joining those reminding tourists that the county is open for business. Some business owners were concerned after tourists had to flee the county before Hurricane Irene hit. A number of events were rescheduled for this weekend, like the Wildwood Block Party. Executive Director Vicki Clark said that the chamber is using a number of venues, including social media to get the word out. Officials say traffic has been picking up, but they would love to see more before the Labor Day weekend.
The final funeral was held for the four students who were killed in Garden State Parkway accident. The Press of Atlantic City reports that the services were held for Casey Brenner. The community came together for the event that was rescheduled due to the Hurricane Irene. The service was held at St. Bernadette Church at St. Gianna Beretta Molla Parish. Hundreds of people showed up on Tuesday to remember Brenner.
Governor Chris Christie sent a letter to President Obama requesting an expedited declaration of a major disaster for the entire State of New Jersey from the federal government to assist state and local governments, as well as individually affected residents, to receive federal assistance as quickly as possible. Recovery efforts are still ongoing in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.
In light of these conditions and the serious impact they are having on New Jersey’s communities, Christie said that field damage assessments should not be required to determine the State’s eligibility for supplemental federal assistance. Immediate federal assistance is needed now to give New Jersey’s residents a helping hand at an emotionally and financially devastating time.
Atlantic City Electric continues to make significant progress restoring power to customers who lost service in the wake of Hurricane Irene. Of the 145,000 customers who lost power, more than 95 percent—138,000 customers—have been restored.
The company expects to complete the massive restoration by midnight, Friday, Sep. 2, with the vast majority restored by midnight Thursday. Service to most customers on the barrier islands should be complete by Tuesday evening, with those remaining to be restored by Wednesday. Most of the large groups of outages have been addressed and crews are now focusing on individual customers and smaller groups of outages. These outages typically take more time and effort to restore.
Flooded roads in southern New Jersey have been an issue, impeding the company’s ability to rapidly move crews and equipment throughout the region. The company, nevertheless, has hundreds of personnel – including many providing mutual assistance from other utilities – working to restore service.
Roads remain closed in Atlantic and Cumberland counties. Storm damage and flooding are contributing to the closed roads in these communities. A lot of progress has been made since the weekend, but life is not completely back to normal in either county. For more information visit http://www.co.cumberland.nj.us for Cumberland County or or http://aclink.org for Atlantic County.
The integrity of the Lake Lenape dam in Mays Landing is fine at this time. Some had thought that the dam has been breached. However, several roadways in Mays Landing, are currently experiencing flooding as a result of river flooding along the Great Egg Harbor and Mullica rivers in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.
Dam experts from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection are continuing to assess the Willow Grove dam structure this morning as water has begun receding off the roadway on Weymouth Road in Vineland. Officials say water is still undermining the dam, and the potential remains, that the structure could fail. However, at this point, they say the likelihood of serious flooding has decreased.