Jackson Township Theme Park Home to 4,000 Utility Workers During Sandy Power Failures
Jackson–While the majority of Ocean County residents were weathering Hurricane Sandy, most without power, JCP&L was setting up four staging areas around the state, including one in the parking lot at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Jackson Township.
Approximately 2,800 utility crews and tree trimmers made their way from the Six Flags Great Adventure property, out onto Route 537 and dispersed to outage areas across Ocean and Monmouth Counties after the last winds from Sandy subsided.
4,000 workers from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Alabama, Canada, Texas and other states worked feverishly over the next two weeks to keep up with demand.
Each morning, convoys of utility trucks loaded with supplies, transformers and workers went out. Each night, the parking became the workers’ homes where they ate, slept and wound down after extremely long and arduous shifts.
Photos by Phil Stilton, JTOWN Magazine.