Good morning, Wall Township.
For most, it’s Day 5 without power, and most without heat. It’s November, and it’s getting colder.
If you’re lucky enough to live around the Collingswood Circle area, your power has been on for two days. If you’re lucky enough to live on the west end of Belmar Boulevard, somehow tied into the traffic light at the boulevard and Route 34, your power came on last night.
You’re the envy of all Wall Township.
The Intermediate School was opened last night to those who had no other refuge from the cold. As I write this at 9 a.m., they are leaving. It is a temporary shelter. No official word yet if that will open again tonight.
In addition to the traffic light at Route 34 and Belmar Boulevard, the light where at Airport Road and the state highway is also functioning, as well as the light where Wyckoff Road meets Route 34. But no others.
There are about 11,000 residents without power. of those will have power by Monday. But the company says the remainder could wait another seven to 10 days, putting those unlucky folks right in the middle of a possible Nor’Easter that could hit mid-week.
The gas stations on the Northwest side of town are open. Rationing, however, starts today – as if not being able to find an open gas station at all isn’t rationing enough.
: If the last digit of your license plate – no matter where in the sequence that digit falls – is even, you may fill up on even numbered days. Odd numbered plates, odd days. Vanity plates, those without digits, are, appropriately, considered odd.
The 7 p.m. curfew has been lifted.
If you’re low on ice or water, the distribution center at the Circle Factory Outlet center at Atlantic Avenue and Route 35 is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Please use the comments below to help out: Tell everyone where you’re finding supplies – batteries, gas, kerosene, food – and what you see from where you are.
Good luck, Wall Township.