Burlington County remains under a state of emergency as power restoration and cleanup continues in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias.
Thousands of homes and business in Burlington County remained without power this afternoon and emergency management officials began assessing surveying storm damage throughout the county in anticipation of a possible application for federal disaster assistance.
To become eligible for federal assistance the county and entire state must meet federal thresholds for damages and storm-related expenses. If that occurs, the state can request a federal disaster declaration from the White House.
The federal government typically reimburses states and local governments with 75% of their storm-related expenses if a federal disaster is declared.
“It’s still very early in the process, but we know Burlington County was hit hard by this storm,” Freeholder Dan O’Connell said. “We’re going to do everything in our power to make sure our towns are reimbursed if aid becomes available.”
A total of 49,000 Burlington County properties were still without power Wednesday afternoon.
Willingboro and Pemberton Township had the most properties awaiting restoration, but several others still had significant outages remaining, including Edgewater Park, Medford, Burlington Township, Evesham and Mansfield. Each of those towns had at least 2,000 properties without power.
Several long-term care communities were among the properties impacted and some remain unrestored on backup generators.
Clare Estates in Bordentown had its power restored last night, but Powerback Rehab is operating on backup generators.
Utility companies have indicated most homes are expected to be restored by Thursday or Friday.
Public Service Electric & Gas has established a comfort station at the Kennedy Center on John F. Kennedy Way in Willingboro and outside the Lumberton Municipal Building on Municipal Drive where impacted residents can pick up ice and water.
Power at Burlington County’s administration buildings on Rancocas Road was restored Wednesday morning, but two wastewater treatment plants and several pump stations are still without power in Evesham.
All county parks opened today, though some of the restrooms were closed because they were without power.
The Ravine Trail in Smithville was also closed due to fallen trees.
Emergency management officials continue to monitor flood gauges along the Rancocas Creek. None are near action or flood stages.