BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Power has been restored to most of Belmar, including the downtown district and traffic lights on the north end of Main Street, and nearly all of Lake Como, according to the latest outage report by the utility.
Currently, there are about 40 customers scattered throughout Belmar and Lake Como still without power — nearly 24 hours after 99 percent of all power was out in both towns when a powerful storm ripped through Belmar and Lake Como at about 6:30 p.m. on July 22.
In a “Code Red” emergency message to residents of both towns, the Belmar/Lake Como Office of Emergency Management activated its emergency operation center shortly following the storm, which included the deployment of additional police and public works employees.
Public Works Departments in both Belmar and Lake Como continue to pick up storm-related debris if brought to the curb.
The Belmar Police Department, Belmar Fire Department and Belmar Department of Public Works were out in force minutes after the storm hit. There were no reports of injuries.
The Belmar Public Library, located at 517 10th Avenue is open for a cooling center, if needed. The Belmar gymnasium at 601 Main Street and Lake Como Borough Hall located at 1740 Main Street are open as comfort stations, equipped with a phone and a phone charging station.
In addition, the Belmar Council meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. today has been moved to the gymnaisum.
The Belmar Fire Department responded to nearly 20 calls for service in the hours after the storm, including those that involved alarms, trees and wires down into the road, snapped poles, vehicles and structures, and a reported structure fire, according to a Facebook post.
There was a report of lightning striking a home at 211 Seventh Avenue that caused minimal damage and no injuries, according to an eyewitness report.
If you are using a generator, please do so with caution — placing the generator outside and away from any from any residence and windows.
For all emergencies, dial 911 or the Belmar Police Department at 732-681-1700.
To report a power outage, contact JCP&L by telephone at 1-888-LIGHTSS (544-4877) or visit its website at: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/o…/Report_Power_Outages.html, where updates on power outages can be obtained.
In Monmouth County, nearly 130,000 JCP&L customers were without power at the height of the 6:30 p.m. storm. The number now stands at 66,000.
While JCP&L crews continue restoration efforts, customers who are without power can pick up free water and ice at the following locations (local sites in bold):
• ShopRite, 2 Route 37 West, Toms River
• ShopRite, Route 36 and Route 71, West Long Branch
• ShopRite, 2200 Route 66, Neptune
• ShopRite, 2433 Route 34, Manasquan
• ShopRite, 1801 Route 35, Belmar
• ShopRite, 431 Atlantic City Blvd., Bayville
• ShopRite, 860 Fischer Blvd., Toms River
• ShopRite, 260 N County Line Road, Jackson
• ShopRite, Route 9 and 1st Street, Lanoka Harbor
• ShopRite, 297 Route 72, Manahawkin
• ShopRite, 1001 Route 70, West Manchester Township
• ShopRite, 501 S Main St., Suite 100, Waretown
• Acme, 912 West Bay Ave., Barnegat
• Acme, 18 Broadway Rd, Browns Mills
• Acme, 3241 Route 9, Freehold
• Acme, 616 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft
• Acme, 507 Prospect Ave, Little Silver
• Acme, 3505 Route 9, Old Bridge
• Acme, 5 Ortley Plaza, Seaside Heights
• Foodtown, Route 35 and Sea Girt Avenue, Sea Girt
• Foodtown, 1562 Route 35, Ocean
• Foodtown, 362 Broad St., Red Bank
• Foodtown, 9 Route 36, Atlantic Highlands
• Foodtown, 426 Route 36, Port Monmouth
• ShopRite – Ronetco, 90-80 Route 206 North, Byram
• ShopRite – Ronetco, 125 Water St., Newton
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