Monday, October 29, 2012

The Alert from the Mayor

 This is the press release sent by the Mayor's office.  I highlighted anything I thought was particularly important right now - but really, it's all important.

12:00 P.M.
The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service have posted a Hurricane Watch and Severe Storm alert for the Woodbridge area.  The National Weather Service predicts heavy rainfall, sustained winds, coastal flooding, and above normal high tides may impact Woodbridge through 12:01 A.M. on Wed., Oct. 31, 2012.
The Woodbridge Police Department (WPD), the Office of Emergency Management, Township fire departments and EMS personnel, the Community Emergency Response Team, and the Department of Public Works are closely monitoring storm conditions.  Flooding is occurring along creeks and streams and in low-lying areas of Woodbridge, Avenel and Colonia. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in the lower section of Ideal Trailer Park in Avenel and in the Watson/Crampton section of Woodbridge between Bamford Avenue and the Woodbridge River.  Residents of those areas are being evacuated by the Office of Emergency Management.  The Emergency Shelter has been established at the Woodbridge Community Center, 600 Main Street.  Residents evacuated from their homes are instructed to go to the Emergency Shelter; the Shelter is pet-friendly.  Pets must be on leash or in a pet crate.
All Township-sponsored events have been cancelled for Mon., Oct. 29, 2012.  Scheduled trash collection for Tues., Oct. 30 has been cancelled.  Tuesday trash will be collected on Wed., Oct. 31.  Wednesday trash will be collected on Thurs., Nov. 1.  Thursday recycling will be collected on Fri., Nov. 2.  Friday recycling will be collected on Sat., Nov. 3.  Please secure trash containers.  Woodbridge Township Municipal Court will be closed on Mon., Oct. 29 for both the 8:45AM and 6:45PM sessions.  The Woodbridge School District has cancelled all classes for Mon., Oct. 29 and Tues., Oct. 30, 2012.
The Office of Emergency Management has established communications with the State and County Office of Emergency Management and Township utility and service agencies. Given the severity of the storm, residents should expect power outages. Area utility companies will work to restore service as soon as possible following the storm.
Woodbridge Township residents should tune to local TV news and weather reports, TV-35, or log-on to the Township Web Page for specific storm-related announcements. Woodbridge Township Reverse 9-1-1 alerts will be issued as necessary. For updated storm and weather-related information, go to the Woodbridge Township web page at: .

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