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Posted on: August 4, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Post-Isaias News & Updates

Tropical Storm Isaias

August 6, 2020 - noon

The Berkeley Heights Department of Public Works (DPW) is working to clear roads and debris.  JCP&L is working to restore power.  PSE&G is working to restore gas.  More updates to follow as available.  Please do your best to be patient as the damage is widespread. This was a huge storm and the cleanup effort is massive. 

  • Our sewer department is also out of power and operating on an emergency generator; it is a priority to get power back on at that critical infrastructure facilityservice
  • Summit Medical Group also still does not have power; it is a priority to get power back on at that critical infrastructure facility
  • 99% of roads in Berkeley Heights are now passable
  • DPW is cleaning up debris, as well as clearing up basins and roadsides
  • Union County is clearing the county roads of Plainfield, Mountain, Springfield, etc.
  • The Police Department is working closely with the Berkeley Heights Office of Emergency Management to identify potential remaining areas of safety concerns
  • Residents are encouraged to continue to report outages directly to JCP&L; we understand that some areas may be indicated on the JCP&L outage page as "restored" but you still do not have power. Please continue to report your outages to ensure JCP&L has the accurate information. 
  • FoodSafety.gov has a chart for determining how long foods will stay fresh and usable after a power outage.
  • From the Police Department: Be mindful of where you are walking and where children are playing. Stay away from damaged trees and low-hanging wires and as always, call us immediately to report downed wires or unsafe conditions at 1-888-544-4877. 

The Township thanks residents for reporting downed trees or trees leaning on power lines. JCP&L has been alerted to all reported incidents and they have prioritized remediation based on severity and safety issues. We continue to stay in communication with our JCP&L representatives, as well as our Police Department, DPW, Office of Emergency Management and sewer department as we manage cleanup efforts. 

Residents are also encouraged to sign up for Smart911; download the Smart911 app or  sign up via website to receive key information needed in an emergency. The Smart911 app provides enhanced functionality by sending targeted alerts based on the user’s location. Smart911 app users will receive the highest priority alerts and warnings based on their real-time location. Not only can residents sign up for emergency alerts, but they can also sign up to be notified of non-emergency Township alerts and news, which will include messages from the Mayor during the COVID-19 health pandemic.

The Township is scheduling a special post-storm branch pick up in the near future. The DPW will begin branch pickup upon power being restored to allow residents ample time to clean their properties. A detailed schedule is forthcoming. 

JCP&L:  Ice & Water Available for Those in Need:
Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) continues to restore service to customers who lost power and has activated a retail water and ice program.  For those customers remaining without power for 24 hours or more, JCP&L is offering free water and ice at the following locations beginning 8/5/20 at 10am locally at these nearby locations:  

  • ACME, 1260 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, Union County
  • Kings, 393 Main Street, Chatham, Morris County 
  • Shop Rite of Chatham, 641 Shunpike Rd / Southern Blvd, Chatham, Morris County
  • Kings, 977 Valley Rd, Gillette, Morris County
  • Shop Rite of Millburn, 220 Main Street, Millburn, Essex County
  • Kings, 778 Morris Tpke, Short Hills, Essex County
  • Shop Rite of Springfield, 727 Morris Tpke, Springfield, Union
  • Shop Rite, 1153 Valley Road, Stirling, Morris County
  • Kings, 784 Springfield Ave, Summit, Union County
  • Kings, 64 Mt. Blvd Brady Shopping Center, Warren, Somerset County 

Remember: please call JCP&L directly with any power outages. During severe weather, customers who are without power are encouraged to call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) to report their outage or click the "Report Outage" link on [www.firstenergycorp.com] www.firstenergycorp.com. Customers should immediately report downed wires to their utility or their local police or fire department. Customers should never go near a downed power line, even if they think it is no longer carrying electricity. Extra caution should be exercised in areas where downed wires may be tangled in downed tree branches or other debris.

From JCP&L:

Company representatives also have been in contact with emergency management officials, state officials, regulators, and local officials about Tropical Storm Isaias preparation efforts.
During severe weather, customers who are without power are encouraged to call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) to report their outage or click the "Report Outage" link on [www.firstenergycorp.com] www.firstenergycorp.com. Customers should immediately report downed wires to their utility or their local police or fire department. Customers should never go near a downed power line, even if they think it is no longer carrying electricity. Extra caution should be exercised in areas where downed wires may be tangled in downed tree branches or other debris.

For updated information on the company’s current outages, FirstEnergy’s storm restoration process, and tips for staying safe, visit the 24/7 Power Center at www.firstenergycorp.com/outages.


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