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East Brunswick Township
Wednesday August 5th, 2020 :: 04:01 p.m. EDT


Important Message from Mayor Cohen Regarding Aftereffects of Hurricane Isaias

Good morning, this is Mayor Cohen. I’m sure that with a pandemic, financial collapse, racial tensions, debate over school opening, and now the effects of yesterday’s hurricane, most of us would love to hit the reset button on 2020. I wish I could do that, but we’re not in OZ, so let me give you the most current updates on the aftereffects of yesterday’s hurricane.

First, I have been in contact with representatives from both power companies that service East Brunswick – PSEG and JCPL. As most know, yesterday was primarily a wind event. We have not had any reports of flooding, despite having prepared for it.

Both PSEG and JCPL have reported restoration to parts of the town, but these were generally areas that were easy to restore. Areas without service are generally caused by damage to primary and secondary transmission centers and downed trees and/or poles that interrupt the transmission lines. Both companies have secured help from mutual aid crews from out of state to augment the crews that were already here in state. Globally, the company expects full restoration by Sunday.

There is nothing that the township can do to make the process occur any faster. We ask that you continue to be patient as many of our own staff, including our police, fire, parks/recreation, and DPW personnel work to get power restored.

Additionally, information on the power company websites regarding restoration times are gross estimates and should not be counted upon at this time as many areas were unable to report power outages to begin with. The companies are still determining the extent of damage.
Please do NOT touch any downed power lines or any trees that are attached or tangled in power lines. Contact the power company (if you can get through) or the township through the police or DPW departments to report such conditions.

Many residents have also reported loss of service from Comcast. Comcast service depends upon power and as such, internet, cable, and phone service will be restored when power is back. Additionally, due to the loss of internet service, most of us are using our cellular service as an alternate. This has caused increased demand on the cellular capacity and as a result, there is a slowing or dropout in service. Again, this will all be resolved once power is restored.

In the event of a medical emergency please utilize any communication option at your disposal. If all else fails, go directly to the nearest Emergency Room. In addition, the Police Department have put cones and caution tape in places that pose a risk to public safety. Please do NOT move cones or attempt to cross into areas that have been closed. They are closed for a reason!!

Residents have also asked about fallen tree branches. The township is already in the process of clearing trees and tree branches that block roadways. We will make every effort possible to pick up all fallen branches from your residential property. This is NOT a priority at this time as crews are all deployed to help with restoration of power. Please leave any fallen tree branches at the front of your property so that it can be picked up when we can get to it. Please call the Department of Public Works to schedule a pickup but this will NOT likely be this week. Small branches will be picked up by the DPW department and brought to our compost center on Edgeboro Road. Larger branches will need to be chipped by our Parks/Rec Tree Crew. Since we only have one chipper, you will need to be patient. If you are unable to move branches or trees due to age, medical condition, or a disability, please contact the Mayor’s office at 732-390-6810. We will do everything possible to get you assistance. Do not attempt to do this yourself!!

We have all certainly been tested and patience is in low supply. I ask that you continue to hang in and we will get through this crisis together. On a good note, there were no reported injuries or accidents as a result of yesterday’s storm. Feel free to write or call my office with your concerns, but know that your safety will always be my number one concern.

Stay safe!!


Important Message from Mayor Cohen Regarding Aftereffects of Hurricane Isaias

East Brunswick Township
1 Civic Center Dr
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

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