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Some Ocean County neighborhoods have natural gas service restored

New Jersey Natural Gas has restored service to Surf City’s water well, firehouse, Public Works Department and municipal building, and to Surf City pharmacy, a news release stated.

Natural gas is now available at 835 meters, the company said.

New Jersey Natural Gas stated on its website this morning that they will be working tomorrow on service restoration plan for Loveladies section of Long Beach Township from West Seashell Lane to Holly Drive. Tuesday, spokesman Micah Rasmussen said the utility is working to restore service north at this time.

On Sunday, New Jersey Natural Gas started service restoration in the northern half of Ship Bottom and worked north to 25th Street in Surf City. Work then continued from Eighth Street in Ship Bottom south to 48th Street in the Brant Beach section of Long Beach Township, said Micah Rasmussen, spokesman for New Jersey Natural Gas.

Restoration started in Ship Bottom because the entire island’s natural gas service feed comes from the regulator station on Seventh Street.

When the utility first developed the restoration plan, it knew it would start at the regulator station and go north, because it had to test North Beach without having pressure on the entire gas line, Rasmussen said Tuesday.

“Next to Holgate, North Beach was the area that was most heavily damaged by the storm,” he said.

In its latest update on restoration to the island’s gas grid, the utility said it is reintroducing natural gas from Sherwood Way to James Street in the North Beach section of Long Beach Township.

Today, the utility expects to work to restore service from East Bergen Avenue to East 86th Street in Harvey Cedars.

Previous estimates were that rebuilding gas lines to the island would take weeks or months. Gov. Chris Christie ordered service shut down there Nov. 1 in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, fearing the multiple line breaks and ruptures would lead to house explosions and fires.

The southern Long Beach Island community of Holgate will be open to homeowners this weekend, Long Beach Township Mayor Joseph Mancini said Tuesday, but there will be no utilities available, including gas that will remain shut off.

The opening will be for residents to again come down and check on their homes, clean up houses and prepare them for the winter months, he said.

Until then, utility, cleanup and infrastructure work continues in the area, which was hit the hardest by Sandy.

Residents will have to leave by 4 p.m. All work operations will be shut down this weekend in Holgate, including utility work and bulldozing sand, while the residents are in town; there is not enough room in the area for both work crews and the public, Mancini said.

The township’s website will list which homes cannot be entered by Thursday, Mancini said. About 30 homes are unsafe to enter in Holgate, he said.

Long Beach Township police Chief Michael Bradley said electric space heaters are available for residents waiting for gas service. The heaters, along with donated food, clothing and toiletries, can be picked up this week at the Long Beach Island Grade School on Central Avenue in Ship Bottom.

For updates and more information on gas service restoration, visit www.njng.com

Contact Donna Weaver:

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