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Mayor Hopeful South Seaside Park Residents Might Be Home By Christmas

Restoration of electric, natural gas service moving along

Residents of South Seaside Park might be able to return to their homes by Christmas if everything goes smoothly, Berkeley Township Mayor Carmen Amato told the Township Council on Tuesday night.

Work to restore utility service to the South Seaside Park section of the barrier island -- among the least damaged parts of the peninsula that runs from Island Beach State Park all the way north to Point Pleasant Beach -- has been moving quickly.

Of the 800 meters that were removed from homes in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, half of them have been ordered to be reinstalled, after inspections were completed ensuring the safety of re-energizing those homes, Amato said.

The remainder of the meters that were removed are expected to be reinstalled by the end of this week, Amato said, which then will allow JCP&L to restore power to that area.

New Jersey Natural Gas has said that work to repair the main pipe that was exposed and seriously damaged when Sandy opened an inlet in Mantoloking is about 65 percent complete, Amato said. Work to examine the pipes carrying natural gas from the main to homes is moving along as well, he said, with NJNG capping lines where homes are so damaged or missing that they are unlikely to be restored.

The gas company said gas service could be restored by the end of December, Amato said, and the mayor hoped it could be done sooner.

Once electricity and gas service are able to be restored, the township will ask Gov. Chris Christie to lift the mandatory evacuation order for South Seaside Park so those residents are able to return to their homes.

"We hope it will be an early Christmas present for those families," Amato said.

Diane Maiorano November 28, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Is there any estimate of when the utilities will be restored and permanent residents will be able to return to Pelican Island?
N. Jon I. Twist November 29, 2012 at 01:38 AM
We hear about Natural Gas and Electricity, what about Telephone and Water?
Ann & Jack Clarkin November 29, 2012 at 03:26 PM
A&J......I couldn't have said it any better...yeah SOUTH Seaside Park.....What a great Christmas present it would be...
John Anderson November 29, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Electric is back on in most of South Seaside and Seaside Park unless you had your meter removed by JCP&L then you need to have it inspected and re-installed. Telephone and Cable/ Internet is up and running from what I hear. You may have to call your provider to have them reactive it. Water is running however there has been NO update on if it safe to drink as of yet.
Erin Foster December 03, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Anyone hear anything about when Seaside Heights residents might be able to move back?

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