CLARK, NEW JERSEY — Many residents are still facing power outages, downed trees and debris after Tropical Storm Isaias moved through the Garden State on Tuesday.
According to Township officials, Public Works crews are working in the hardest hit areas first and ensuring roads are passable. Residents are encouraged to place fallen branches curbside, and away from catch basins.
DPW will begin picking up branches next week. Citizens are reminded not to mix grass clippings in with branches. Grass is to be put in bags for usual pick-up on Tuesdays.
Mayor Bonaccorso offered his thanks to various town departments late Tuesday evening. “I would…like to thank the Clark PD and the FD, of course our first aide squad and our Emergency Management Department for all of the efforts they gave our town today…thank you all.”
Continued Power Outages
As of 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, just under 1,000 Clark customers are still without power according to PSEG’s outage map. Residents are asked to contact PSEG 1-800-436-PSEG (7734) to report outages and to check on estimates for the return of power. Residents are reminded to stay clear of power lines that may have fallen.
Citizens are asked to refrain from calling 911 or the Clark Police for questions about electrical service or to report an outage. Reserve 911 for emergencies only.
The Union County Freeholders are reminding residents to exercise caution when using generators, candles and other alternative power sources.
“Generators can cause carbon monoxide poisoning when used improperly, resulting in serious illness or death,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “No matter what fuel your generator uses, be sure to follow safety and usage instructions.”
Residents are reminded to use generators outside and away from the building. They should never be used in a home, garage, shed or inside any structure.
Many residents without power can consult FoodSafety.gov for a chart determining how long foods will stay fresh and usable after a power outage.
According to the site, "…refrigerators will keep food safe for up to 4 hours during a power outage. Keep the door closed as much as possible. Discard refrigerated perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers after 4 hours without power."
For frozen food, the site says, "A full freezer will hold a safe temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full and the door remains closed). Food may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is at 40°F or below, however, its quality may suffer. Never taste food to determine its safety.”
Additional Important Phone Numbers:
- Clark Police 732-388-3434 (non-emergency line)
- Elizabethtown Gas: 1-800-242-5830
- Comcast: 1-800-266-2278
- Verizon FiOS: 1-888-438-3467
- New Jersey American Water: 1-800-272-1325
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