Repair crews from Atlantic City Electric and workers from all areas of the country assisting our area are staged at the Atlantic City Race Course along with their equipment. Representatives at the Race Course report that crews have been working non-stop from about five in the morning until about nine o’clock at night. In all, about 1,200 workers are staged at the race course, from as far away as Canada.
As of Wednesday morning, Atlantic City Electric reports on their website that 121,858 customers are still without power, with nearly 2,500 active outages. Here are the totals by county:
- Cape May: 8,883
- Atlantic: 64,992
- Cumberland; 4,626
If residents experience an outage or see a downed wire, they should report it by calling Atlantic City Electric at 800-833-7476.
The death toll related to Hurricane Sandy has reached six in New Jersey. Princeton Township police reported 61-year-old William Sword was found trapped beneath a tree that fell as he cleared debris from his driveway Monday night. On Tuesday the body of 69-year-old Joseph Godleski, of South Hackensack, was pulled from the Hackensack River, which overflowed its banks. Mendham Township police say a man and a woman were killed and two children were injured when a large tree fell on their pickup truck on Monday night. Hawthorne police say a 77-year-old borough man was killed when a tree crashed into his house in the Passaic County community. And an Atlantic City woman had a heart attack and died while she was being evacuated on Monday.
The following roads in Cape May County are closed as of Tuesday evening:
Ocean Drive (CR619) from 4th Avenue to Townsends Inlet Bridge in Avalon is closed indefinitely because the roadway was severely damaged and portions of the roadway have washed away.
Ocean Drive (CR619) from 29th Street in Sea Isle City to 56th Street in Ocean City is closed due to sand covering the roadway and damage to the roadway.
Portions of Beach Drive (CR604) in Cape May City are closed due to sand covering the road.
For more information, visit www.readycapemaycounty.org.
It will be Gov. Chris Christie spending time with President Barack Obama on Wednesday, not Mitt Romney. You wouldn’t think you’d hear that comment a few weeks ago, but the President is going to tour the disaster in the state. The White House released this statement: “Tomorrow afternoon, the President will travel to New Jersey where he will join Governor Christie in viewing the storm damage, talking with citizens who are recovering from the storm and thanking first responders who put their lives at risk to protect their communities. Additional scheduling details will be released when they are available.”
This morning, Cape May – Lewes Ferry (CMLF) officials inspected the infrastructure at the Cape May and Lewes ferry terminals as well as each ferry vessel. No damage has been reported.
Early this afternoon, the United States Coast Guard completed its assessment of the Delaware River for debris and remaining navigational aids and issued clearance for the MV Cape May to depart the Holt Marine Terminal, Gloucester City, NJ at 1:00 p.m. and return to Cape May New, NJ. The MV Delaware and MV New Jersey followed shortly thereafter.
“We will operate our normal ferry schedule tomorrow with the first ferry departing Cape May at 7:30 a.m.,” said Heath Gehrke, director of ferry operations. “We were very fortunate that our facilities were relatively unscathed.”
Cape May County Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton tells Coastal Broadcasting, he wants all barrier islands to remain closed today. No word yet when the barrier islands will reopen to the general public.
Cape May County is still under a State of Emergency. The Garden State Parkway has reopened. The mandatory evacuation of Barrier Islands remains in effect. State Highways, County Roads and bridges are being inspected today. Traffic will be restricted on all county and state roads until further notice. For information, visit readycapemaycounty.org. New Jersey Transit service remains suspended.
Cape May County Communications Director Lenora Boninfante just told us the roadway on Ocean Drive between Sea Isle City and Avalon (Townsend’s Inlet) is closed for the foreseeable future…the road is said to have washed away. County crews are examining roadways currently.
Two state residents were killed during Hurricane Sandy. A man and a woman in Mendham Township were in a pickup truck when a tree fell on it. Police say two children were inside but were rescued with non-life threatening injuries. The families haven’t been notified so the names have not yet been released. To this point, no other deaths have been linked to the storm.