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Hopatcong Mayor: 'Most Important Thing Is We Have Food and Shelter'

Residents should head to high school for shelter while JCP&L currently works in the borough to clean up damage, mayor says.

Hopatcong Mayor Sylvia Petillo said residents should use the high school shelter, as thousands in the borough remain completely without electricity three days after Tropical Storm Sandy tore through the northeast.

"The most important thing is that we have food and shelter," she said. "Residents need to know the high school is open 24 hours."

Petillo said the Red Cross continues to serve three meals per day at the high school. She also said pets are allowed, as long as they're in crates.

Petillo said JCP&L crews have been out in the borough on Thursday making assessments and working on the power lines to help get the borough back up and running.

"JCP&L is in town and they've already started to work," she said. "It's just going to take time. There's a lot of damage here."

Petillo said the power company is currently working with the DPW to remove the wires off roads. Once the wires are clear, the DPW will start removing the trees, she said.

"The first step is to make roads safe," Petillo said.

As of noon on Wednesday, Petillo said Lakeside Boulevard will be open soon. She said the crews have been clearing the road and getting the poles up.

She said the power company is working on distribution lines throughout the northeast, and they plan on getting another 100,000 customers across the region with power in the next couple of days.

Although it is not clear exactly which part of the region will get the power back first, Petillo said that the company is aware that Hopatcong has a shelter and is in desperate need.

While gas is limited around town, Petillo urges residents to conserve their gas and not to drive around unless it is an urgent need.

She said the borough's emergency vehicles are still fine with gas, and to call the police at 973-398-5000 if any help is needed, or 911 for an emergency.

Stay with Patch for our continuing coverage of Sandy.

Read all of our Hopatcong-Sparta Sandy coverage here.

I love Hopatcong November 04, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who are giving of themselves even though their families are also experiencing hardships.
pross24 November 05, 2012 at 10:35 PM
"the first step is to make the roads safe" ummm when is that going to happen the trees are still in the same spots with wires on the streets since last week. sorry but i do not see any progress in this town.
NAOMI M November 06, 2012 at 06:22 AM
Really sorry to hear that happened to you.
Juanita Szoke November 11, 2012 at 01:42 PM
So does your own mayor, but she made sure the power trucks were in her area first.
Juanita Szoke November 11, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Well if your have a friend in town the road department will come and clear it away if not forget about it. People in our area were taking down there own trees because they were still blocked in four days later but the the one house on Ruth street got opened. It was my understanding that the town road department were not to move any trees with wires on them. The second day there were opened. It pays to have friends in town.

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