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Fewer folks still without power in the region; shelters begin closing

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Oct 29 2012 09:45:39 PM CDT
Updated On: Nov 08 2012 05:34:33 AM CST

Shelter Power Numbers

Thousands of people around the region, especially in New Jersey, continue without electricity.

As of 6:30 a.m. Thursday, only about 20 Met-Ed customers in Northampton County and just over 300 in Bucks and Monroe counties were without electricity. In Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey, nearly 19,000 customers were without power.

Met-Ed customers can call 888-544-4877 to report outages, down power lines and other problems.

A Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission spokeswoman said the storm is in the top three ever in outages, ranking with hurricanes Agnes in 1972 and Floyd in 1999.

SHELTERS

In Hunterdon County, the following warming shelters will be open Thursday:

HUNTERDON COUNTY COMPLEX
314 Route 12 Building #1 Flemington, NJ 08822
Showers 24/7
Recharging stations for cell phones, laptops, etc.
Please bring towels and personal hygiene items.

ROUND VALLEY BRANCH OF THE YMCA
1410 Route 22 West, Annandale, NJ
Open until 9:30 p.m.
Free to all
Child care
Showers
Hot coffee
Recharging stations for cell phones, laptops, etc.
Please bring towels and personal hygiene items.

COUNTY LIBRARY: (Note - south county libraries are closed)
Main Branch of the County Library
314 Route 12, Flemington, NJ
Monday, thru Thursday Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday Open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Warming Center
Recharging stations for cell phones, laptops, etc.

NORTH COUNTY BRANCH LIBRARY:
65 Halstead Street, Clinton, NJ
Monday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday-Thursday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. -5 p.m.

RIEGEL RIDGE COMMUNITY CENTER
910 Milford Warren Glen Road Milford, NJ 08848
(908) 995-9260
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

HUNTERDON CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
Showers available Thursday November 8, 2012
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Go to Main Office
For further information please email

RARITAN TOWNSHIP MUNICIPAL BUILDING1 Municipal Dr, Flemington, NJ
Open daily 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Warming Center // Recharging Station for cell phones, laptops, etc.

HUNTERDON HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER – WHITEHOUSE
537 Rte. 22 East Whitehouse Station
Monday-Thursday: 6 a.m. – 9:45 p.m.
Friday: 6 a.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. // Sunday: 8 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

HUNTERDON HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER - CLINTON
1738 Rte. 31 North, Clinton.
Monday – Thursday: 5 a.m. – 9:45 p.m.
Friday: 5 a.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

READINGTON TOWNSHIP MUNICIPAL BUILDING
509 Route 523 Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889
Open 8:30 to 5:30pm
Warming Center // Recharging Station for cell phones, laptops, etc.

READINGTON TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT
507 Route 523, Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889-9495
Open 24/7
Recharging Station for cell phones, laptops, etc.

DEERPATH YMCA (Free to all)
144 W Woodschurch Road
Flemington, NJ 08822
Mon-Fri 5:15 a.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Child Care
Showers
Pool – during open swim hours
Hot Coffee
Recharging Stations for cell phones, laptops etc.
Please bring towels & personal hygiene items

ANNANDALE HOSE COMPANY #1
Thursday 11/08/2012 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
68 Beaver Avenue in Clinton Township
Warming/Charging Center
Refilling of Water Containers (must bring own)

WILLIAMS HARLEY DAVIDSON
Open daily during business hours
1100 Route 22 West in Clinton Township
Warming/Charging Center
Coffee available

SHELTERS (This shelter has capabilities to provide access and functional needs support services, as well as pet sheltering)

Hunterdon County Complex
314 Route 12 Building #1 Flemington, NJ 08822

FILLING OF WATER CONTAINERS: (please bring your own containers – (Check with your municipality to see if a closer location is available.)

Route 12 County Complex (Garage Facility). - To be used for washing, flushing toilets, etc. -

Raritan Township Municipal Building - 1 Municipal Dr. Flemington, NJ

Readington Township Municipal Building - 507 Route 523 Whitehouse Station, NJ

Holland Township Police Department - 62 Church Rd Milford, NJ

WATER & ICE DISTRIBUTION POINTS (WEATHER MAY IMPACT THESE POINTS)

Hunterdon County Complex (IN THE HAZMAT BLDG)
314 Route 12 – Raritan Township –8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Readington Township Municipal Building
509 Rt 523 - Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889 - 8 a.m. - 6 p.m

In western New Jersey, a shelter is available at Warren County Technical School, 1024 Route 57, Franklin Township, Warren Co., N.J. Drive around the left side of the building, following the Red Cross signs, and enter at the rear of the building to the school gym.  The shelter has a capacity of 100. Showers and hot food are available, and those in need can stay overnight.

Those in need can warm up and recharge cell phones at the following locations:
- The Warren County Library Northeast Branch, 40 US Highway 46, Independence Twp., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- The Warren County Library Franklin Branch, 1502 Route 57, Washington, in the Warren County Technical School, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Lopatcong Municipal Building, 232 South Third St., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Stewartsville Presbyterian Church, North Main Street, Stewartsville, Greenwich Twp., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Washington Township Municipal Building, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Masonic Lodge, Stillwater Road, Blairstown, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Trinity United Methodist Church, Main Street, Hackettstown, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Independence Township Firehouse, 24 Cemetery Road, Great Meadows, is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Coffee and hot chocolate are being provided.
Meanwhile, Frelinghuysen Municipal Building and Independence Township Firehouse, which have been open as warming centers, are closed on Tuesday due to the election

Another shelter is open at Hunterdon County Complex at 314 Route 12 in Flemington, N.J.

In Hackettstown, Warren Co., N.J., Trinity United Methodist Church's  Starr Hall is open for overnight shelter for those who need it. Please bring bedding and food, and no pets please. Go to the main church building off of the parking lot to the entrance by the drive-around circle.

The church's main building at 213 Main St., is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for people to stop in and warm up, charge devices or just have a place to stay for awhile.

Janice Osborne of the Red Cross' Lehigh Valley chapter said there are several items you should take with you to a shelter, including prescription medications, blankets, pillow and comfortable clothes. If you have a small child or an infant, make sure you take infant supplies and infant formula, Osborne said.

Community members checking in at shelters should bring pillows, blankets and any medication needed.

The Red Cross has a free smartphone app that will show you where the nearest open shelter is located.

ICE DISTRIBUTION

Distribution of bags of ice and cases of bottled water continue on Tuesday, November 6, for residents without electricity.

The Warren County Health Department, in conjunction with JCP&L and the Warren County Human Services Department, is making available 7-pound bags of ice and cases of bottled water.

The county’s main distribution point is Walmart on Route 22 East, Pohatcong, where distribution continues Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday will be the final day for distribution at this location.

As of Monday afternoon, the county had distributed four tractor trailer loads of water and about two tractor trailers of ice, all provided by JCP&L, according to Warren County Health Officer Peter Summers. “We’ve moved a lot of water,” Summers remarked, “Literally tons and tons of water.”

Water and ice also was available at a number of sites operated by local emergency management officials, at the municipal buildings in Blairstown, Frelinghuysen, Washington Township and White Township, and at the fire stations in Belvidere, Harmony, Hope, Independence, Knowlton, and Mansfield’s Tri-County Fire Department. Summers said the local authorities did not request more supplies Monday, so either distribution is continuing at those locations or the need has abated.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION

The American Red Cross has been receiving numerous phone calls from the public asking about financial assistance for food or replacement of groceries lost during the recent power outages. While it would be nearly impossible, both logistically and financially, for the Red Cross to replace groceries for that many people, there are other agencies that can help.

Residents may call their major food bank distributor in Northeast Pennsylvania or call 1-855-501-6785 for a list of food banks in their area.

Below is a list of Northeast Pennsylvania counties and contact information for major food banks within the counties:

• Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Wayne, Pike and Monroe counties: Please call Second Harvest Food Bank at (610) 434-0875 or visit www.shfblv.org for a list of food banks in your neighborhood. For Lehigh and Northampton counties residents only, disaster boxes filled with nonperishable food are being distributed. Residents must pick up the boxes at 2045 Harvest Way in Allentown, Monday-Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Berks and Schuylkill counties, call the Greater Berks Food Bank at (610) 926-5802.