Freeholder Vicari putting pressure on JCP&L to restore power in Toms River
FREEHOLDER DIRECTOR Joseph H. Vicari spoke directly with Jersey Central Power & Light officials today and urged them to do everything possible to restore electricity to thousands of county residents left in dark following Hurricane Irene. “We have more than 32,000 households in Ocean County, many of them senior citizens, who still do not have power,” Vicari said. “This is an unacceptable situation and I asked that JCP&L do everything possible to restore service to these homes.” As of Tuesday afternoon, scattered outages included 8,000 customers in Toms River and 7,000 homes in Brick Township.
“Freezers are out and in some cases people are losing hundreds of dollars worth of food,” Vicari said.
The outage is especially hard on senior citizens, who may need air conditioning to help them breathe easier.“Our seniors on fixed incomes may also have a difficult time replenishing the food they have lost,” he said. Vicari said anyone still without power can call the JCP&L hotline at 1-888-544-4877. Residents can also contact the state Board of Public Utilities at 1-800-624-0241 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The utility is making free bottled water and ice available to its customers experiencing outages.
Water and ice is available at:
• Food Circus SuperFoodtown, 1 Route 37, West, Toms River
• ShopRite, 427-429 Route 9., Bayville
• ShopRite, 260 County Line Road, Jackson
• ShopRite, Route 70, Lakehurst
• ShopRite, 328 Route 9, Lanoka Harbor
• ShopRite, 860 Fischer Blvd., Toms River
• ShopRite, 100 Town Center, Waretown