Thursday, September 6, 2012
Utilities could face up to $25,000 daily in penalties for failing to adhere to their own service and communications plans under Gov. Chris Christie's proposed legislation.
When it comes to emergency preparedness, Gov. Chris Christie has one message for utility companies: do better. Christie proposed legislation to levy heavy fines against utilities in light of a Board of Public Utilities (BPU) investigation released Wednesday. Christie ordered the report after two large-scale weather calamities. “Hurricane Irene and then the October snowstorm posed some serious, unprecedented challenges for our utility providers,” Christie said. “While those storms brought out the real professionalism of so many of the employees of the public utilities, they also exposed the vulnerabilities of our utility infrastructure and avoidable mistakes, including the ability to communicate accurate, dependable and timely information …
Saturday, October 22, 2011
The deadline to apply for assistance for Hurricane Irene damage is extended to Nov. 30.
At the request of the state, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is extending the registration deadline for renters, homeowners and business owners who suffered damage from Hurricane Irene. Those affected by the storm and flooding now have until Nov. 30 to register for disaster assistance. “We've extended the registration deadline for people who–for whatever reason–have not had the opportunity to register for assistance,” said William L. Vogel, FEMA's federal coordinating officer. “The goal is to ensure all eligible Irene survivors have the chance to seek assistance.” There are three ways to register: go to disasterassistance.gov, m.fema.gov or call FEMA toll-free, 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Those with access or functional needs and …
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The Adams Street home flooded twice in the last six months.
Last month, the Rivera family got new floors, dry wall, molding and furniture. The heavy rains Cinnaminson had in April caused at least five inches of water to ruin the entire first floor of their cape style home. It ruined all the ductwork in their crawlspace and their air conditioning and heating units. Repairs were nearly $9,000, not including the money spent to stay at hotels and keep their dogs in a kennel. When Hurricane Irene was set to hit South Jersey, Barbara Rivera prepared as much as she could. She put her furniture on risers but the new floor; well she had to take her chances. A few days after Irene hit, Barbara was ripping up the hardwood bamboo slats and moving them to the front of her house as trash. “It’s a nightmare,” …
Thursday, September 8, 2011
The township will also apply for financial aid for overtime work.
Rich Dietrich, Cinnaminson’s emergency management coordinator, is encouraging township residents and businesses to apply for federal assistance following Hurricane Irene on Aug. 28. Assistance includes temporary housing, repair, replacement or other needs such as disaster loans. Burlington County was recently approved to receive the assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “This means it has been approved for [residents and businesses] to submit claims,” Dietrich said. “Each claim will be judged on its own merit.” Residents and small businesses can register for assistance by phone by 800-621-FEMA (3362). Specialists are available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week. You can also register online at …
Sunday, September 4, 2011
The president landed in Newark around noon Sunday to begin touring damage left behind by Irene.
NEWARK — Less than a week after President Barack Obama declared New Jersey a "major disaster" area, he touched down at Newark Liberty International Airport for a tour of flood-ravaged North Jersey. Flanked by more than 30 law enforcement officials, Obama walked down the steps of Air Force One shortly after noon and shook hands with Gov. Chris Christie and Sens. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) before jogging nearly 100 feet to a group of two dozen onlookers and national and international media. Media was positioned on risers next to the small crowd. Onlookers carried no signs, but had cameras and cell phones. The president, dressed in a button-down blue shirt and dark-colored khakis, waved to reporters, but did not …
Saturday, September 3, 2011
The congressman said a disaster declaration, to free up federal dollars for relief, is coming soon for Burlington County.
- Rob Scott
Saturday, September 3, 2011
The day after Hurricane Irene hit, U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-3) and his family—who’d weathered the storm in an RV parked in their Mount Laurel driveway after Irene knocked out the power—climbed in the car and toured the area to take stock of the damage. They drove through Moorestown, Cinnaminson, Mount Laurel, anywhere the police would let him, he said, and while the wreckage wasn’t as drastic here as areas in North Jersey have experienced, “we had pockets of that devastation down here,” Runyan said. On Thursday, he visited Burlington County’s emergency operations center (EOC) in Westampton to get a “comprehensive view” of how the county fared during the hurricane. “From my standpoint, and even talking to other officials, this (EOC) runs …
Friday, September 2, 2011
When the power went out during Hurricane Irene, a lit candle turned into a basement fire for one township family.
A longtime Cinnaminson family will be displaced for three to six months following a basement fire only hours after Hurricane Irene hit our area. The Hellings family, who live on Oxford Road in the Extension Park area of the township, were awoken around 6 a.m. Sunday morning, while rains were just finishing up from a marathon 18-hour storm, to heavy smoke. “I woke up not being able to breathe,” said Don Hellings, the oldest brother of the family. “All the smoke was going into my room through the duct work.” His youngest brother Eric Hellings was sleeping downstairs in the basement when a candle he had lit the night before caught his blanket and set it on fire. The candle was lit because winds and rain from Hurricane Irene knocked out power …
Monday, August 29, 2011
The Devon Road bridge may have structure damage.
Even though parts of Cinnaminson are still dealing with power outages, downed trees and flooding, for the most part, the township “dodged a bullet,” according to Public Safety Director Michael P. King. “I can’t say enough how all the entities worked well together,” King said. Public works, fire, police, emergency management and more had met prior to the weekend to discuss how to deal with Hurricane Irene. Officials from Palmyra and Riverton were also included. The main issues the township is dealing with are the small bridge on Devon Road, north of Arbor Road. There may be structure damage and an inspector will further investigate the area. For now, the bridge is closed to through-traffic. Cherry Lane, between Orchard and Shewsbury roads, …
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Photos from around the state highlight the force of this hurricane.
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The governor is assessing storm damage by helicopter this afternoon.
Hurricane Irene has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm and is on its way out of Jersey, but flooding remains the primary issue as of Sunday afternoon. "The fact that we were successful in evacuating over a million people was a preemptive measure that I am confident saved lives," Gov. Chris Christie said during his noon-time press briefing. "In order to make sure New Jerseyans stay safe, I cannot urge people strongly enough, maybe I can, to stay inside. Please stay inside — don't get out on the road today." Christie said damage across the state has not been as severe as expected, however some rivers are still rising, some rain is still falling and inland flooding issues remain a concern. As of 12:15 p.m., more than 650,000 people were …