Atlantic City Electric expects to restore power to the nearly everyone in the region by tonight, but local agencies are reminding the several thousand residents still without power of various options to stay cool today.

All Atlantic County library branches and senior centers offer relief and are open today during normal business hours, according to the county. The 10 library branches will also be open on Saturday when the heat index is expected to reach 110 degrees. Call 1-888-426-9243 for locations and hours of operation.

Residents may also contact their municipal office of emergency management for information about local cooling stations which provide relief with air conditioning and fresh water. Contact information is available in the phone book and online at www.ReadyAtlantic.org.

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The county has stopped distributing ice and water at the Hamilton Mall as of yesterday but some municipalities may still offer cooling sites for residents without power. Information about the location and hours of operation for sites can be obtained by calling the local offices of emergency management. Contact numbers are available in the phone book and online at www.ReadyAtlantic.org.

Atlantic County officials are working on a debris management plan for the disposal of waste from the storm. Residents are asked to separate household waste from tree branches. As soon as disposal sites are identified they will be announced. Regular trash pick up should continue as usual.

In Absecon, residents are being told to contact Lt. John M. Deritis Jr. at 641-0667 x 205 if they have damage from the storm. According to the department the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be in town Friday for damage assessment.

In Vineland the American Red Cross continues to operate a shelter at the Thomas Wallace Jr. Middle School at 688 North Mill Road.

There were about 20 people still there as of Thursday afternoon and it will remain open as long as it is needed, the organization said in a release.

The organization and the Salvation Army also started a Mobile Feeding program in the Vineland Hills Manufactured Home Community. The Red Cross provided a cold breakfast for the approximately 250 residents in the 150 home complex.

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