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Update From Hazlet Mayor Tinker

Compared to Union Beach and Keyport, Hazlet is lucky, says the mayor.

Hurricane Sandy's strong winds knocked some trees onto houses and cars throughout Hazlet, but its low-lying West Keansburg section did not suffer severe flooding, as in neighboring Union Beach, Keyport and Keansburg. 

 "In Union Beach, entire blocks have been washed away. Houses are flooded. It's flooding like they've never seen before. It's heart-breaking," said Tinker, who is at the Office of Emergency Management temporary headquarters at Town Hall with an assistant coordinator and volunteers."Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Union Beach. We're devastated by what we've seen there." 

Tinker said that the county emergency management center has set up a staging area for emergency personnel at Holy Family School on Route 36. 

Public workers are clearing primary streets and have moved onto secondary streets. The township will be speaking with JCP&L at 4 p.m.

One thing people can do to help emergency workers help them is to stay off the road. "We're still in a state of emergency," he said. "Technically, instead for essential personnel, you should not be driving." 

He said that the township was endeavoring to update citizens through the township website and Facebook page but was hampered by power and limited connectivity problems. 

Streets throughout town were littered with branches and leaves. Hanging wires dangled in some places. The arms on the crossing gates at the train station were broken, but it is of no matter because there is no train service at this time. 

Traffic lights on Route 35 were out, but that did not stop some people from attempting to cross or make left turns onto the opposite side. 

No storm-related injuries have been reported today, but one Hazlet First Aid volunteer who asked not to be named was bruised on both arms transporting a stroke patient down a stairwell today. 

Madeline October 31, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Where is jcpl ? Getting pretty cold in houses for families that are assisting other people in the homes that are still standing
b. d. November 01, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Gee. One of these pics looks familiar...that huge tree on pwr lines is down the street from me and guess what? It looks the exact same! No one has come to help w ANY of these massive trees and branches on electrical wires. No one from the town of hazlet or from jcp&l. What's the point of the mayor talking abt it if he's not doing anything abt it? I can't wait to vote! Not looking good for tinker
Kathy Butler November 01, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Get a chainsaw and help out if it is safe. If you don't have one then a regular saw for the branches. Any and all help will be appreciated. This is your town too, join in the work to clean it up.
michael valla November 02, 2012 at 06:27 AM
plz say a prayer for my family the valla.s in union beach and to the residents of u.b and hazlet,keyport,keansburg atlantic highlands,highlands,sandy hook god bless the residents of monmouth county ...if people from all over who towns are with power,lights,water,and living a normal life go to monmouth county bayshore...stop what u doing go help clean,protect (with in the guide lines of the law),feed,h2o...warmth....just go around and see someone lend a helping hand read the book of eli......extra help is the best help...amen from michael valla living in shenandoah p.a..wishing my best to all.....
michael valla November 02, 2012 at 06:36 AM
plz update me I cant get back to u.b no way in...update me on facebook ...or email me @...mikkeinnj9ch@airg.com...god bless...

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