SPARTA, NJ- The township is still recovering from Isaias having blown through. While it was a short visit, Isaias left his mark. As of 4 p.m. more than 2,300 or nearly 30% of Sparta homes are in the dark.
The township activated the Go2 Centers at Town Hall and the library for residents to use as cooling stations and to charge their devices, Township Manager William Close said. When making use of the Town Hall location residents are asked to enter through the Sparta Police Department lobby and report to the dispatcher.
The Sparta Public Library location is open during operating hours 9 a.m. through 7:30 p.m.
Close said the township Department of Public Works yard on Prices Lane will be open for residents and their contractors to bring storm debris such as tree limbs and branches at no charge. Debris will be accepted during normal operating hours Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. until noon. Residents and their contractors are asked to follow signs at the DPW complex located at 15 Prices Lane off of Demarest Road. This service is anticipated to end Saturday, September 5th.
Road closures in the township due to downed trees and wires according to Sparta Police Department:
- Glen Road at Water’s Edge,
- East Shore Trail at Park Road,
- West Shore Trail at Tamarack Trail,
- Senaca Lake Road
According to Jackie Espinosa, JCP&L representative, the company estimated that there are "16,589 customer properties still without power in Sussex County as a whole resulting from Tropical Storm Isaias. Sparta currently represents 12.5% of this total." Espinosa said when the storm first hit, there were a reported 6,370 customers without power in Sparta.
According to JCP&L 310,000 customers are without electricity. They said the hardest hit areas are in Monmouth, Ocean and Morris counties. They expect to have power restored to about 85% of customers by the end of the day on Friday. They said "the majority of remaining customers in the northern and central regions should be back on line by Tuesday, August 11 by 11 p.m."
JCP&L announced they are providing free water and ice to their customers without power. Customers can pick up water and ice at the ShopRite in Sparta, Newton, Franklin, Byram, Vernon, Rockaway, Wharton and Succasunna. The program is also going at Acme in Oak Ridge, Vernon, Byram, Randolph, Denville and Boonton.
Sparta Police Department reminds residents of safety precautions when using a generator, sharing guidelines from JCP&L.
“Emergency power generators offer an option for customers needing or wanting uninterrupted service. However, to ensure the safety of the home’s occupants as well as that of utility company employees who may be working on power lines in the area, the proper generator should be selected and installed by a qualified electrician. When operating a generator, the power coming from the home should always be disconnected. Otherwise, power from the generator could be sent back into the utility lines, creating a hazardous situation for utility workers.”