Weather Emergency Update (Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 11:30 a.m.) – The latest weather report indicates Lacey Township can expect high wind gusts along with sleet and snow (blizzard) conditions to continue through the afternoon and evening. Winds may intensify during the afternoon resulting in more power outages due to downed trees and utility lines. The roadways are extremely dangerous and must remain clear of unnecessary vehicles to allow plows to operate and emergency services to attend to ongoing emergency calls-for-service.
Lacey Township emergency services are all staffed and operating to address current emergency calls. There are pockets of power outages throughout the township which are actively being addressed by JCP&L crews and successfully being corrected. JCP&L crews are working from the ground level; full repairs cannot be addressed until winds diminish.
The first high tide cycle of concern for Forked River was at 10:08 a.m. and has not presented a significant problem. The next high tide cycle is expected at 10:36 p.m. and is anticipated to present more of an issue for the low-lying areas along the bay than we have experienced to this point.
Medical and other emergencies are (and will be) handled without delay, as plow crews are leading emergency vehicles to the necessary locations.
Residents are asked to continue to be understanding and remain in their homes at this time until the storm passes and the roadways are reported as being adequately cleared. Conditions are expected to worsen throughout the afternoon and evening.
The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) of Lacey Township Emergency Management has been activated and in communication with all emergency services as well as Ocean County Emergency Management. I will provide updates as available and appropriate.
– Chief David A. Paprota, Ed.D.