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Freeholder Directors Seek State Storm Damage Assessment

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Clover Hill Road in Raritan Township is one of many Hunterdon roads that is closed or partially closed. Credits: Curtis Leeds
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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Two Freeholder Directors have asked Gov. Phil Murphy to implement a statewide damage assessment to determine state and county eligibility for federal disaster relief.

Hunterdon County Freeholder Director Matt Holt and Warren County Freeholder Director Ed Smith also asked the governor to prepare to declare a state of emergency in anticipation of another significant storm, which is expected to begin tomorrow and last through Wednesday.  

The National Weather Service this afternoon is predicting that as much as 15 inches of snow may fall on Hunterdon during the storm.

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The Freeholder Directors said such a declaration by the state would “make various state resources available to county and local governments responding to the new storm, while still recovering from the weekend storm.”

In order to qualify, the state must demonstrate to the federal government that governmental units throughout the state have expended nearly $13 million in resources in response to a disaster, according to a press release issued by Hunterdon County.

“The emergency response personnel in both counties have worked round the clock all weekend,” Holt said in the statement. “The first step in the federal disaster process is an assessment of costs by each governing entity.”

Jersey Central Power & Light is reporting this afternoon that 14,465 of its 60,000 customers in Hunterdon are without power. County officials have warned it could be Wednesday before everyone has their power restored, and that “these times typically fluctuate.”

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