Free Water and Ice Available at Local Supermarkets

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — Jersey Central Power & Light is now estimating power will be restored to most customers by 11 p.m. on Tuesday, August 11.

Meanwhile, JCP&L continues to report on its website that about one-half of its 4,500 Belmar customers remain without power, with 89 of its 1,000 customers in Lake Como still in the dark as well. This information appears to be inconsistent with a map on the same website that shows a scattering of outages throughout both municipalities.

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On its Facebook page in a post made at about 6:30 p.m. yesterday, August 5, the company said an additional 1,300 workers will be arriving today from out of state, joining nearly 4,000 workers already engaged in the restoration effort. These workers will be based out of one of five staging sites located near the hardest hit areas, it continued, although those locations were not identified.

“When line crews are assigned each outage order, the restoration time will be updated to reflect when repairs at that location will be completed,” the post continued. “We understand this is an incredibly difficult time. Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding and support for our crews.”

Click here to find out how JCP&L prioritizes restoration work.

According to the Belmar/Lake Como Office of Emergency Management, JCP&L is trying to deploy crews into the Belmar area sometime today, depending on the weather. 

Belmar has set up a cell phone charging station at the municipal building, located at 601 Main Street.

Tropical Storm Isaias careened across New Jersey on August 4 with soaking rains and wind gusts nearing 75 mph. It toppled trees, knocked down poles, snapped lines and affected about 1.4 million residents — just a shade below the 1.7 million that were left without power when Sandy hit the Garden State in 2012.

Currently, officials report that about 550,000 outages remain throughout the state from all electric providers, down from 977,000 yesterday. 

Click here to access JCP&L's website for outage information. For an update for a specific outage, text STAT to 544487 or call 888-544-4877. This personalized information is also available in customers’ online accounts.

Free Water and Ice Available to JCP&L Customers
Free water and ice is available to JCP&L customers who lost power due to Tropical Storm Isaias. Customers can pick up water and ice at the following locations in Monmouth County (local stores in bold):

  • Acme, 2007 Route 35, Wall
  • Acme, 576 River Road, Fair Haven
  • Acme, 3241 Route 9, Store 7960, Freehold
  • Acme, 990 Shrewsbury Avenue, Tinton Falls
  • Foodtown, 9 Route. 36, Bayshore Plaza, Atlantic Highlands
  • Foodtown, 1560 Route 35, Ocean
  • Foodtown, 2204 Route 35 and Sea Girt Avenue, Sea Girt
  • Saker ShopRite, 318 Lloyd Road, Aberdeen
  • Saker ShopRite, 3585 Route 9, Freehold
  • Saker ShopRite, 3140 Route 35, Hazlet
  • Saker ShopRite, 4594 Route 9 South, Howell
  • Saker ShopRite, 280 Route 9, Morganville
  • Saker ShopRite, 2200 Asbury Avenue, Neptune
  • Saker ShopRite, 1151 Shrewsbury Avenue, Shrewsbury
  • Saker ShopRite, Routes 36 and 71, West Long Branch
  • Saker ShopRite, 2445 Route 34, Wall
  • Saker ShopRite, 1801 Route 35, Wall

Shoppers are encouraged to call the store first to ensure adequate supplies are available.

Click here for a complete list for New Jersey and Pennsylvania.


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