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Permanent Return 4 to 6 Months Away, South Seaside Park Residents Told

Extensive repairs to gas lines, electrical infrastructure needed, Berkeley officials say

Residents of South Seaside Park need to be prepared to be out of their homes at least four to six months, Berkeley officials said on Tuesday evening.

"I was in a room today with the attorney general and the colonel of the state police and none of them could answer that question," Berkeley Township Police Chief Karin DiMichele said to Dave Haldane of Roberts Avenue. Haldane had come to the Berkeley Township Council meeting to get some guidance on how long he should plan to rent a place to live while he is unable to live in his home.

"Figure on at least four to six months," DiMichele said. "It's going to take at least that long."

In the first few days after Hurricane Sandy tore through the Jersey Shore, estimates were given that the barrier island from Bay Head to Island Beach State Park would be out of commission for six to eight months because of damage to the natural gas piping. Officials from New Jersey Natural Gas denied those reports, saying it was too soon to tell.

On Tuesday night, Mayor Carmen Amato said officials from the gas company said the gas main that feeds the entire barrier island suffered major damage. (At the Seaside Heights Borough Council meeting on Wednesday, Mayor William Akers said the 12-inch main ruptured where Sandy broke through the island near the Mantoloking bridge.)

"The gas main is above the ground now" in Mantoloking, Amato said, due to erosion caused by the storm.

In addition, there is significant work to be done to the electrical infrastructure, said Berkeley Sgt. George Dohn, of the township's assistant emergency management coordinators.

"The salt water has rusted all the bolts" on the utility poles, Dohn said, and the township hopes to get JCP&L to replace those as well.

"The work is extensive," DiMichele said.

Joan Haldane November 14, 2012 at 01:33 PM
It's Dave Haldane not Dave Vandegrift who asked the question on length of time.
steve cottone November 14, 2012 at 06:05 PM
CRAZZZZZZZY
suz November 14, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Yes, crazy but necessary.
Sandra November 14, 2012 at 08:48 PM
This is exactly what it looks like on the "good side" of houses that were not totally moved around. It is a terrible sight to see. Thank heavens for the many donations and volunteers and channel 12 news team that was at the mall today. People are really stepping up to the plate for the long road to recovery ahead. As for moving back into the houses, I sure do not want to move back in and worry about gas lines with leaks and flat tires from the debis and nails all over the place. Thank you for the extra space afforded to me and others in our time of need.
Karen Wall November 14, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Thanks. I didn't catch his last name and I looked up the property owner's name. I'll correct it.
foggyworld November 17, 2012 at 03:42 PM
To those same town officials, Good Luck Point has been completely ignored by all of you. After begging, we have once a week garbage pickup & a policeman or two sitting in warm cars checking on who comes in or out via one of two entrance streets. The other entrance has nothing but yellow tape that the car sitting police can't even see it. JCPL has turned on the street lights. Our electrical box passed but my husband had to race to the Building Inspectors office with 8 pieces of paper before JCPL would restore the power. That was two days ago and when my husband returned no JCPL so we live with a small generator and freeze. In the beginning no food or even coffee and people to comfort the distraught. It was London after the blitz but no one visited other than the President of the Town Council, Jim Byrnes, and our beloved mailman, Ed, who brought me a sandwich and coffee when he was off duty and wouldn't take a dime, Fema no longer does much of anything: it's a loan program and while you pay them back, you must continue to pay your mortgage and ever increasing property taxes. It's becoming more attractive to just walk away from Berkeley Township which unlike Ocean Gate, has received the support of everyone from miles around. Berkeley just doesn't talk about Good Luck Point so not a church bus from anywhere has shown up.
foggyworld November 17, 2012 at 04:06 PM
And on a tangential note, maybe it's time to end permitting double and triple dippers from running for local offices. There is no way a person can do justice to the jobs that in the real world would be held by two or three people. So either these are no show jobs or the government doesn't run well because of its unique staffing methods. If we had a Mayor who worked full time we could save the money paid towards pay, pensions and benefits by eliminating the Town Administrator's job completely and filling it instead with a full time Mayor. Employment is way down in NJ and it would seem only fair, never mind prudent, to limit civil "service" jobs to one per nuclear household. And if the remaining left over jobs are real, let them be granted by merit to the unemployed who qualify or to any citizen who has the proper credentials. The payroll of our civil "servants" and their ludicrous pensions are bankrupting this State by letting the in crowd hold down as many jobs as they can find and by sitting on Commissions that also pay big bucks. Why ask those who do actually work a full day to cough up more and more money to fund the greedy amongst us?
angel November 22, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Seaside Park has projected that they will have power before the end of the month. Are we not on the same grid, and therefore also have power in South Seaside Park by then? JCPL inspected all meters and red flagged those that suffered water damage, not to be turned on if you have a red sticker. Everyone else house by house, should be fin.
angel November 22, 2012 at 01:15 PM
And here it is. Could we please get the same communication from our Township please?? Electrical Service Restoration November 20, 2012 IMPORTANT UPDATE Electrical Service Restoration The Borough of Seaside Park, in coordination with the Borough’s OEM, the Building and Construction Department, the Borough Engineer, and JCP&L have developed a procedure to protect and ensure the highest possible degree of safety for all of its residents and businesses when the electric lines are energized. This effort will minimize any possible fires produced by a sudden electrical surge in the electric system that were under water during the storm. JCP&L will begin re-stabilizing electric service to Seaside Park residents beginning on Monday, November 26, 2012.
angel November 22, 2012 at 01:17 PM
•Electric meter removal – Meters were pulled for several reasons which include but are not limited to: damage in the meter, meter was under water, the electrical panel was under water, electric outlets were under water for an extended period of time, or where the flood elevation was not determined. •Once the removal process is completed, JCP&L will start energizing the Borough street by street. •If your electric meter was not removed, power will be restored in the sequence established by JCP&L. •Re-installation: If your meter was removed and you know that the electric service was NOT subject to the above, please contact the Building Department at 10 Allen Street, Toms River, to arrange a site visit; once the inspection of the panel is completed, the Building Department will generate a re-installation card for JCP&L. Please allow a minimum of three to four days after the site visit for the re-installation of the meter. If your panel was under water, please contract a licensed electrical contractor to inspect your electrical system. Once that is completed, please contact the Building
foggyworld November 23, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Good Luck Point is not on the barrier island but is next door to the former Water's Edge and squeezed in on the other side by the AT&T "pole farm." We are off Bayview Avenue and the entrance is at Dorrance. It is in the wetlands section of Bayville.

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