PERTH AMBOY — A state of emergency remained in effect at the state and local levels at 6 a.m. this morning, city officials reminded residents.
City offices and local businesses are closed due to power outages, and residents are directed to remain inside their homes for their own safety as police and department of public works employees evaluate the extent of the damage to the city. Many fallen trees and power lines have been reported throughout the city.
Driving is strictly prohibited; traffic lights are not operating and many stop signs are now missing. The Department of Public Works is currently working to clear roads, to ensure the safe passage of emergency vehicles. Protocol is to clear all major roadways first, officials said.
At this moment, we do not know how soon electricity will be returned to Perth Amboy. PSE&G is aware of the current power outages in Perth Amboy. I will remain in communication with their representatives to evaluate our condition and restore power as soon as possible. It is my understanding that most of the State of New Jersey is also without power.
Officials asked resident to remember to assist their neighbors and the elderly or those who may require help with clearing off their property.
Collection of recyclables is cancelled today, but garbage will be collected on Thursday and Friday.
To report downed lines, trees and/or substantial damage, call the Perth Amboy Police Department, non-emergency number: 732-442-4400.
For all life-threatening emergencies ONLY, dial 9-1-1.