Atlantic City Electric said more than 1,000 workers were in South Jersey on Wednesday trimming trees and restoring power.
The crews included 597 electric-line contractors from New York and New Jersey, 388 tree-trimming workers and 39 others.
While about 34,000 customers were without power Wednesday morning, crews were on track to reduce the number to fewer than 21,000 by midnight, spokesman Matt Likovich said. Everyone is expected to regain power by the end of this week, he said.
“That’s still on target,” Likovich said.
About 204,000 homes were without power after the June 30 storm struck.
Maryann Williams, 57, of Galloway Township, was among those who started Wednesday without power, having lost electricity and water in her home Saturday. When temperatures reached 95 degrees, she and her husband went to buy a generator. But that generator broke Tuesday, and she was told she would have to wait a week before it could be fixed.
“It’s like dominoes,” she said.
Frustration gave way to joy in the afternoon when the power was restored to her house. It gave her two reasons to celebrate, Williams said.
“It’s my ninth wedding anniversary and at least I got a present,” she said.
Atlantic County Public Information Officer Linda Gilmore said that several municipalities were nearly fully restored Wednesday, including Mullica Township and Ventnor.
Gilmore said Egg Harbor Township reported fewer “inactivated” intersections.
“In one of the hardest hit areas, Buena Vista Township, approximately 40 percent of residents remain without power, but even that is an improvement,” Gilmore said in a statement.
Buena Vista is continuing to provide water and ice to residents from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at town hall. Other municipalities, such as Margate, have closed their cooling stations. County libraries, with the exception of the Mays Landing and Egg Harbor Township branches, will be open today to provide relief from the heat.
County senior centers also will be open to residents age 60 and older with the exception of the Egg Harbor Township Community Center. Residents who would use that center may call 888-426-9243 after 8 a.m. today to request transportation to another site.
Atlantic County also will be distributing water and ice at the Hamilton Mall from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. One bag of ice and one case (24 bottles) of water per vehicle will be distributed.
Residents and businesses should continue to report damage to their local Office of Emergency Management or online at www.ReadyAtlantic.org or www.aclink.org/oep. To report power outages, call Atlantic City Electric at 1-800-833-7476.
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