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Manalapan OEM: Latest Post-Hurricane Info

Schools will remain closed tomorrow, power may take up to 10 days to be restored, shelter for residents available

Office of Emergency Management Coordinator, Chief Richard Hogan, met with the OEM team leaders and the Manalapan Township Committeeon Wednesday, Oct. 31 to review the current Township infrastructure situation and outline an action plan for clean up in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, according to OEM Public Informations Officer Judith Drucker.

  • All Manalapan schools will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 1.
  • Future Sanitation company will begin garbage pick-up for residents scheduled for Monday/Thursday garbage pick-up. They will service as many residents as possible depending upon road conditions and fuel availability.
  • JCP&L is reporting that power restoration is ongoing and the process is beginning with the safe removal of downed power lines and electric poles. They estimate restoration of power within 7 to 10 days. 
  • The public must heed a strong danger warning issued not to go near downed poles or wires. They may appear to be dead lines but surges can occur with the use of residential generators causing the wires to go live. Do not go near downed wires or attempt to cut or remove tree limbs touching them.
  • Residents in need of prescription refills can go to Target in Howell. Their phone number is: 732-363-7707. As of this update, there are currently no pharmacies open in Manalapan to fill prescriptions.
  • The public water system has not been compromised by the storm and all municipal water is safe to drink. The town is on Emergency Conservation Alert because the water treatment facility is now being powered by generators. Due to fuel shortages the potential for reduced water processing may become a reality in the days to come. Residents are urged to conserve water usage and flush toilets conservatively. For residents with well water they may consider using pool water to flush if available.
  • Mobile phone charging center is available to residents by calling 732-446-3200 for location and timing. Ice is also available, in limited quantities. Ice is only for refrigeration purposes and not for consumption. Residents must bring their own containers. 
  • Water is available at the Manalapan Recreation Center and in the parking lot of Walgreens, Woodward Rd. Residents must bring their own water containers. 
  • A resident shelter is available. Please call Town Hall at 732-446-3200 for location and specific information. Residents must bring their own food, pillows and blankets and personal hygiene products and all medications.
  • Residential Generator usage: generators must be located outside of the home so that home dwellers do not succumb to CO2 poisoning. The generator should not be located near an open window close to the home. Do not place generators in an attached garage. Keep generators in a non-public area that is safely secured. Signs and symptoms of CO2 poisoning are: flu-like symptoms, dizziness, headaches, mental confusion, fainting; carbon monoxide poisoning can lead to death.  
  • Special needs residents can contact the Township for help at 732-446-3200.
Ira Cohen November 01, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Has any electricity been restored to Manalapan yet? It would seem that certain areas could have power before the official 7-10 day time frame given out BEFORE the storm hit. Other areas of the state have had some power restored. Why are we still getting the 7-10 day "party line"?
Nicole D'Avanzo November 01, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Well I'm sure Manalapan can't do much about the 7-10 day time frame, as its up to JCP&L. We watched a NJ news station tonight on a battery operated TV. The message related about power restoration was 95% of JCP&L's transmittal/transmission lines were up and running. However, the distribution lines were badly affected and unfortunately are harder and more time consuming to repair. Unfortunately, Manalapan has not done much to keep its residence in the loop. This is the first time I heard about much of the above. The town website only says so much. We live on route 33 and have just heard Raintree has power and the Village Grande, so maybe we will be next. It will be great if Manalapan can obtain and transmit exactly what is wrong in our town regarding power. For now, try to stay warm and fingers crossed the power will be back on shortly.
carlee November 01, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Rt 33 has power
Nicole D'Avanzo November 01, 2012 at 10:58 AM
Well the lucky residents of Marlboro have a township that has literally kept them up to date every step of the way. Their website is fantastic with many updates about the storm/atom damage and supposedly JCP&L is supposed to get them a detailed response regarding power by today. Lets hope our officials are doing the same for us as a more detailed response to the power outages would make people feel somewhat better. And I'm not surprised 33 has power. State, county then local roads get repaired. You can only hope whatever power source your home is connected to is a state or county road source as well.
Alberto Cruz November 01, 2012 at 11:20 AM
Give us some hope and post updates as what areas around Manalapan are getting power The Manalapan englishtown has no power still.
Al Febbraro November 01, 2012 at 03:51 PM
The frequency in which Manalapan loses power is dismal. It doesn't take a hurricane to lose power in this town and over the years no proactive measures have been taken to reduce the frequency of outages. You can count on a power outage of 1 - 2 times per year....and weather patterns indicate it will only get worse. The cost in lost business and recovery must be staggering. Not to mention the disruption in our day to day lives and safety issues. Has anyone done a cost/benefit analysis on reducing the outages? Time to wake up Manalapan.
Deborah Viger November 01, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Is there a site that has more updates for Englishtown? My son is there and last I heard was phone was about dead nothing since Wed am. That is one and only time I heard from him by quick text. Worried mom in Florida
Lisa (www.scrappydappydoo.ecrater.com) November 01, 2012 at 10:41 PM
our cable finally came back on...a sign of hope with a generator. We are on McCaffery Road, the last road in town to ever get help with electric. We run on electric, well water and septic, not by choice...so PLEASE send us prayers.
Barbara November 03, 2012 at 04:13 AM
No power on Gordon's corner when is it coming on its freezing and a snowstorm on the way. Why don't they cut the trees back n get them off the the power lines it's not brain surgery what needs to be done those lines lay on all those trees I see it every day an wonder why? These no reason why we don't have power yet and if there is a reason tell us the mayor of Marlboro keeps all his people in the loop of what us going on why is our mayor not telling us when and why things are happening and if there's a reason why we can't get power tell us .
Carl November 03, 2012 at 06:56 AM
Is Heritage Village on Woodward rd OK? I haven't heard from my grandsmother who is 103 years old!
Cheryl S. November 06, 2012 at 02:15 AM
During our power outage (Monmouth heights) we had no heat, phone, internet or any other way of getting info. except an AM radio. WHY did the township NOT tell radio stations information? We really could have used a shelter just to get a break from the cold. Not until the power was restored did we even hear of one and even then (if the power goes out again) Why keep addresses to go to for help a secret?

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