MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ - After being in the dark since Tuesday, the list has dwindled of those still without power. Holmdel is still out at a rate of 2% as of midday Sunday. Middletown is less than 1%.
Colts Neck, while far better than recent days, is still 10% down five days after the storm. In a letter to residents this weekend, Colts Neck Mayor Frank Rizzuto shared details of the work being done on behalf of town residents:
"Please be advised that the entire Colts Neck Municipal Government has been working tirelessly since the onset of Tropical Storm Isaias. All of our departments have been working day and night to assist our residents during this difficult time." Rizzo wrote.
"The Township Administrator and I have been in direct contact with JCP&L officials on a daily basis. We have been vigorously pressing them to increase their efforts within Colts Neck Township. Please be assured that we will keep the pressure on until every resident’s power has been fully restored.
Our Office of Emergency Management has been coordinating the Township’s response along with the Township Administrator, Department of Public Works, Police Department, Fire Department, and First Aid Squad.
A Comfort Station, which provides charging ports, water, ice and free Wi-Fi, has been set up at Fire Co. #1. Additionally, there is water and charging stations at the Library and Fire Co. #2.
Today Deputy Mayor Viola and I were able to tour some of the hardest hit neighborhoods and spoke with residents as they voiced their concerns. We also made contact with the electric company supervisors who were actively working in the Clover Hill section of town. One supervisor stated that a significant amount of assets have been deployed to Colts Neck…some crews from as far away as Florida. We also spoke with the Governor’s office today and reinforced the importance that Colts Neck Township receive the necessary resources to expedite the restoration efforts.
Our Police Chief, OEM Director, Director of Department of Public Work and Township Administrator all report that our response is going well and is proceeding as fast as JCP&L can clear downed power lines. We were then briefed in the field by CNPD Sgt. Ward on the condition of the roadways.
Please check in on your neighbors and lend a helping hand if you can. This has been a challenging time for Colts Neck, but we will get through this together." Rizzuto wrote.