Much of Belmar was powerless Wednesday afternoon, with traffic lights and the elementary school both without power. But into Thursday all but a few residents were waiting to see power restored after a powerful nor'easter continued to present a threat of coastal flooding.
At its most widespread, the power outage included 900 Belmar customers, according to JCP&L. By 5 a.m., the utility company was listing only a couple of customers in Monmouth County were powerless.
Downed power lines were the cause of the outage, according to the borough, resulting in several hundred without power. That included the elementary school and the municipal library. Several traffic lights were out in Belmar as well for a portion of the afternoon.
"JCP&L has experienced some downed wires near their South Belmar Substation that has impacted hundreds of homes in Belmar as well as power loss to the Elementary School and the Library. JCP&L is responding to the incident and we will be in touch with further updates as they are made available to us," announced the borough yesterday.
If you experience any outage – please immediately call JCP&L at 888-LIGHTSS or 888-544-4877.
Garbage pick-up for Thursday has been cancelled due to the high winds and inclement weather. If your scheduled pick-up is Thursday, do not put your garbage out, instead you will have a pick-up at your next regularly scheduled time, announced the borough.
Belmar officials also urged residents to park cars in driveways or public lots at the Marina, Pyanoe Plaza and Dempsey Park as the threat of snow loomed. Removing vehicles from roadways would streamline any plowing operations.
The Wednesday council meeting was rescheduled for March 13.