County of Union, New Jersey
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 30 2012
Contact: Sebastian D’Elia, Director, Union County Office of Public Information, 908-518-5673
Tina Casey, Deputy Director, 908-518-5673

Union County Hurricane Sandy Update


Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has issued the following updates and alerts for Union County residents:

“So far it appears that Union County has come through the worst of the storm without loss of life and we are grateful for that,” said Freeholder Vice Chairman Linda Carter. “However, conditions remain hazardous with numerous downed power lines and trees blocking streets, and flooding in some areas. Please do your part to help out during this period by staying indoors and off the roads, so emergency responders and repair crews can get through.”

Union County remains under a State of Emergency today, Tuesday October 30 from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. All Union County offices and facilities are closed, as well as Union County Superior Court. Paratransit services have been suspended. A complete list of closings is available on the County website, ucnj.org.

Residents should call 911 only to report life-threatening emergencies.

To report downed power lines or outages, contact your utility company. PSE&G customers call 1-800-436-7734. JCP&L customers call 1-800-545-7738 or use the automated reporting line at 1-888-544-4877.

For questions about your gas service, call Elizabethtown Gas at 800-492-4009.

Currently there are no boil-water advisories in effect for Union County. However, residents are advised to fill water bottles now in case they are needed later. You can also use heavy duty plastic storage bags to save water.

To contribute to disaster relief, contact the Red Cross.

Following is the text of the alert on the Union County home page:

The County of Union has declared a State of Emergency from 6 p.m. October 29 to 6 p.m. tonight. All County buildings and offices will be closed and only essential personnel and emergency responders will be required to report to work.

Union County Superior Court and Vicinage closed today, Tuesday, October 30.

Paratransit services are cancelled for today, Tuesday, October 30.

The Warinanco Skating Center, Trailside Nature & Science Center, and Watchung Stable are closed today, October 30 and until further notice.

All Union County Golf Properties: Galloping Hill, The Learning Center and Ash Brook will be closed today, Tuesday October 30th.

Meals on Wheels and home delivery has been suspended for today, October 30.