Cape May County has closed one of its “super shelters,” at the Woodbine Developmental Center following Wednesday’s storm and an ongoing blackout affecting fewer than 7,000 customers in Cape May County, and about 13,000 overall.
The super shelter at the Wildwoods Convention Center remains open.
The approximately 60 people still staying at the shelters are being moved to other smaller shelters, Cape May County spokeswoman Lenora Boninfante said
“There’s just about 60, and there wasn’t a need for the larger shelters,” she said. “Most of them are in the shelters in local municipalities.”
Some who were moved to the Wildwoods Convention Center on Wednesday had been moved three times previously - from a Wildwood shelter where a generator died, to a Wildwood firehouse with electricity but no backup generator, to a Middle Township schoolhouse.
Atlantic City Electric reported about 12,000 customers in Cape May County without power early this afternoon, most of them in the Wildwoods.
Outages remain concentrated in the southern portion of the county. About 9,400 homes and businesses in the Wildwoods - which includes North Wildwood, Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and West Wildwood-were without electricity.
Meanwhile, southern New Jersey thawed Thursday, as temperatures in the 30s and sun helped to melt some snow.
Cumberland County remained under a state of emergency until 3 p.m. Officials are urging people to stay off the roads. Cape May and Atlantic counties remain under states of emergency.
The state Department of Environmental Protection inspected beaches today for erosion. Spokeswoman Elaine Makatura said the agency would post results on its Web site by late afternoon.
In Cape May County, thousands of residents have been without power for more than five days and have since left town, made other arrangements or sought refuge in shelters.
Lisa Curcio, a Philadelphia schoolteacher who lives in Wildwood Crest, remains without power. She and her husband toughed it for several days at their condo, and later got help from an out-of-town neighbor who let them use his home.
“We hated to leave because it’s a condo building and no one else was in down there,” she said this afternoon. “We didn’t want to leave because of the pipes. But at this point we said this was crazy.”
In the middle of Wednesday’s storm, enough was enough; they packed the car and drove to her mother’s home in Hammonton.
“I feel like (power) is never going to come back,” she said.