OCEAN COUNTY, NJ- Look for Ocean County Road Department crews as they continue to cover miles of county roads this week for downed trees and broken branches from damage left by Tropical Storm Isaias. Also called to assist was the Ocean County Sheriff's officers who were deployed to municipalities for traffic control and other security. In a press release issued by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Director Joseph H. Vicari stated “As Tropical Storm Isaias moved away from Ocean County Tuesday afternoon it was apparent it left behind a swath of damage that will take some time to clear,” adding “We are doing all we can to clear roadways and protect our residents and visitors during this time.” Ocean County issued an emergency declaration allowing the County to tap into a host of resources in order to expedite the ongoing cleanup and other storm related activities. “This helps with coordinating the various levels of government agencies in order to address storm damage, public safety and the needs of our residents as related to the storm,” Vicari said. Vicari who met with Gov. Murphy on Wednesday in Jackson Township, told the Governor the largest concern is the power outages across the County.“We have a very large senior population and also the number of people in the County swells at this time of year due to our tourism season,” Vicari said. “From our most vulnerable citizens to our visitors, getting power restored is paramount at this time.”The widespread power outages means numerous traffic signals across the county are not working resulting in Ocean County Sheriff Michael G. Mastronardy deploying sheriffs’ officers to all those towns that have made requests for assistance with traffic details including Long Beach Island where traffic signals across the island have been out because of the storm and a host of other towns across the County.
Freeholder Gerry P. Little, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Road Department, said road crews will continue cleaning storm debris from County roadways until the work is completed. “This is a big county land wise,” he said. “It will take some time to complete the cleanup.” Freeholder Virginia E. Haines said the Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation were assessing storm damage at Ocean County’s Parks.“We had to close several of our parks due to fallen trees, storm damage and power outages,” she said. “We are hoping all of our facilities will be up and running by Thursday, (Aug. 6).” Ocean County residents can bring storm debris including downed tree branches to the county’s regional recycling centers located in Lakewood and Stafford Township.
“Our homeowners can access the county recycling centers with their storm debris,” said Ocean County Freeholder Gary Quinn, who is liaison to the county’s recycling program. “I am happy we can provide this free service to our residents, so they can quickly clean up their properties.”