Portions of 11 Cumberland County roads – including one that links the western half of the county with its only hospital – remain closed while work crews remove trees and other debris.
County officials said some of those roads should start reopening later today.
A portion of Irving Avenue between Sugarman and Irving avenues remains closed. Irving Avenue links Bridgeton and western Cumberland County with South Jersey Healthcare Regional Medical Center in Vineland.
Atlantic City Electric’s web site showed that more than 16,600 of its customers in Cumberland County remain without power. That number is down from about 27,000 customers on Sunday afternoon.
In Vineland, more than 2,000 Vineland Municipal Electric Utility customers remain without power. The utility has about 25,000 customers.
Ferus said Vineland was hit especially hard: At least 35 utility poles were snapped by the high winds that roared through New Jersey’s largest city Saturday morning.
“It’s unfortunate to have two damaging storms so close together that caused so many downed wires and power outages, but the Cumberland County Department of Public Works is … hard at work cutting up trees and clearing debris from roadways to help get things back to normal,” Cumberland County Freeholder Director Carl Kirstein said.
Another storm hit the county early late Thursday and early Friday.
Cumberland County and Vineland both declared states of emergency after Saturday’s storm. No information was immediately available regarding whether those states of emergency remain in place.
Ferus said the county declared the emergency so it could more easily buy materials necessary to help with the storm clean up. The declaration also streamlined the method by which the county could hire vendors, he said.
The county issued no curfew or driving restrictions, he said.
Ferus said a cooling center at the Thomas Wallace School at 688 North Mill Road in Vineland remains open. Ferus said about 200 people were at the center on Saturday, and about 80 on Sunday. Ferus said people went to the center to seek relief from the heat and get some water.
The effects of the storm were starting to show Sunday afternoon, as Cumberland County residents whose homes had no electricity were buying up dwindling supplies.
Some convenience stores were running out of things such as rolls and were removing items from menus as stocks of lunch meat ran out.
At the Walmart on Landis Avenue in Vineland, only about a dozen cases of bottled water remained on the shelves. Items such as pancake mix and bacon were nearly sold out.
Other sections of roads that remain closed include:
- Marlboro Road between Jericho and Cook roads.
- Jericho Road between Cook and Roadstown roads.
- Macanipuck Road between Buckhorn and Roadstown roads.
- Buckhorn Road between Macanipuck Road and the Salem County border.
- Route 77 between Hoover and Big Oak roads.
- Silver Lake Road between Holding and DuBoise roads.
- Old Deerfield Pike between Finley and Silver Lake roads.
- Brewster Road between Oak Road and Landis Avenue.
- Route 553 between Route 49 and Buckshutem Road.
- East Point Road.