PERTH AMBOY— Approximately 85 percent of the city now has electricity, according to Mayor Wilda Diaz. The areas that remain without power appear to be the sections of Water and Front streets that were directly impacted by the effects of the storm.
The Budapest area of town as far North as Chamberlain and Barry Avenue, has not yet received power. PSE&G has explained that the substation that services this area is located in Sewaren and had been under water until yesterday. The utility is in the process of drying, repairing and testing the equipment and it may still be days before power can be restored to these areas.
Shelters are open 24-hours a day at McGinnis School on State Street and Shull School on Hall Avenue. They are providing: ice, food and power to charge electronics. The YMCA at 357 New Brunswick Avenue is also open until 6 p.m. and offers cell phone charging.
The mayor has asked residents to conserve water until further notice and said that the city’s tap water is safe to drink.
To register for federal assistance for storm related damages, residents should call 1-800-621-FEMA or go on-line at disasterassistance.gov for information.