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Rumson Sandy Update From the Mayor

Mayor says power has been restored to more than half of the borough

The following is a letter to residents from Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl that appears on the Rumson Web site:

Dear Residents,

The foremost issue facing Rumson residents today is the lack of power. There are currently over 24 crews working in Rumson from Texas, Indiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Michigan, and of course New Jersey.

At this point, just over half of Rumson households have had power restored, and JCP&L is now advising us that, except for those in hard-hit low-lying areas, all residents should have power restored by Sunday.

Bulk pickup of storm debris is being conducted by DPW supplemented by three outside contractors. Brush, limbs and branches will be picked up by outside contractors starting Friday, Nov. 9. Leaves will be last and picked up after debris and brush are cleared.

Rumson police have been aided by the New Jersey National Guard and have assisted with safety and crowd control in addition to providing security for our residents.

Schools are planning to open regularly on Monday but please check the R-FH and Rumson school Web sites after 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9.

John E. Ekdahl


In addition ...

• The Rumson curfew is in effect from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. until further notice.

• The Oceanic Bridge is slated to open at 11 a.m. on Friday (today). The Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge will remain closed to traffic.

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) information ...

Henry Hudson Trail Activity Center
945 Route 36 in the Leonardo section of Middletown

Hours of Operation:
Monday: closed
Tuesday: 2 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday through Sunday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Apply online for FEMA assistance or apply/check your status by phone at 1-800-621-3362.

LN November 09, 2012 at 07:17 PM
I received a Rumson Police Advisory this morning saying the Oceanic Bridge would open at 11 am. At 1:00 pm, I tried to access the bridge from the Middletown side to return to Rumson, and it was closed. The Highlands Bridge is also closed which was indicated on a sign in Navesink on Rt 36.I had to drive all the way up Navesink River Road and down through Red Bank to get back into the borough. The line of cars on that road was unbelievable, not to mention no warning for those accessing Navesink River Road from Rt 35 in Middletown.. A little heads up would have alleviated a lot of traffic and congestion, not to mention the needless waste of gas, for a lot of people. At 2:00pm, the Oceanic is still closed.
Elaine Van Develde (Editor) November 09, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Thanks for the information. We had the same notice you had, unfortunately.
Linda Edwards November 09, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Great job Mayor Ekdahl. Our local team has been awesome-- DPW, police, EMS... and the National Guard. Rumson residents pulled together and helped each other. It seems like it took a long time for help from outside to arrive. When I saw a convoy of trucks from Alabama Power I felt like the Allies were liberating us. Keep up the good work.
Jack Mayhoff November 09, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Mayor you are the MAN
M Girvan November 13, 2012 at 02:35 PM
To those who have power, congratulations. To those (like me) who live south of Rumson Road and are going on 16 days in the dark (and cold), my deepest sympathies. What I would really love to know, is WHEN IS THE POWER GOING TO BE RESTORED???? I was actually able to get a human on the phone yesterday from JCP&L and he could tell me no more than I could get through GOOGLE!! How is that possible? I could see when there were 1.1 million folks without power, but they are claiming to have restored 99% of Rumson residents and they STILL CAN'T TELL ME?? The complete ineptitude is astonishing. Not to mention that I have a six month old and 2 year old and we're on our fifth residence post storm. I have been patient, I have been understanding, I have been reasonable, I have been gracious and thankful to all of the out of town workers that have come to assist. I am fully aware of the devastation around me and grateful that my family and my home are in one piece. But now, frankly, I am just plain angry. It is inexcusable that no one at this company can tell me when my lights will be on. I'm not expecting a certain answer, or to like the answer, or even to be told a time/date CERTAIN. But how about a ballpark estimate??? How about something that I can plan my family for? Will I be home for Thanksgiving? For Christmas? They were certainly able to find me to send me a BILL!!! SO HOW ABOUT TURNING THE LIGHTS ON NOW?
westpark November 26, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Anyone who does not live in the affected areas does NOT understand how the MAYOR FAILED us. Not only did he prefer photo op with BON JOVI and GOV CHRISTIE to ripping out wet sheet rock and buckled floors, but HE NEVER HELD A MEETING FOR THE RESIDENTS AFFECTED. Instead, look at his FACEBOOK page, he revels with his son in SEA BRIGHT's Resurrection. AND TO BOOT, his SON IGNORED THE MANDATORY EVAC ORDER.
supersandystorm November 29, 2012 at 12:40 AM
I agree with Westpark. The Mayor does not have a clue what is really going on.


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