Hurricane Irene Updates – August 30, 9:00 a.m.
§ TOTAL PERSONS SHELTERED IN THE STATE: 1,539
§ NJSP Marine Units rescued 15-18 people on 7 different missions. Still staged in Fairfield
§ State Troopers rescued two kayakers in Delaware River near the Byram State Park boat launch in Kingwood Twp., Hunterdon County. Patrick Kelly, 47, and a nephew, both of Philadelphia were kayaking on flood waters when they became pinned under tree limbs with the rushing water placing them in danger. Sean Kelly, 29, was able to reach the banks on his own, but his uncle remained trapped as it grew dark. State Trooper Jason Axelrod of Kingwood Station responded and observed Patrick Kelly calling for help around 8:30 p.m. He entered the water with a 75-foot rope and a floatation device. With Kingwood rescue personnel lighting the scene, Tpr. Axelrod swam into the river and rescued Kelly. Both Kayaks were lost.
§ USAR (NJTF-1) & NJSP Rescues
6 Monroe Township
25 Cranford Township
100 Paterson (30 % boat, 70% swiftwater rescues)
10 animals total rescued
§ TOTAL ELECTRICAL OUTAGES – 369,554
§ NJ American Water Co (NJAW) Outage
Canoe Brook Water Treatment Plant, MIllburn, Essex County is still not operational. Expected to be down 72 to 96 hours. Boil Water notice remains in effect for parts of Essex and Union Counties. Approximately 42,000 customers are being impacted. Water distribution sites have been established in Maplewood at the Maplewood community pool and in West Orange at the West Orange High School. Both bottled water and three 1,300 gallon water buffalos are being deployed between the two sites.
§ Evacuation in progress in Fairfield Twp. Specific details being developed. Shelter established at West Essex H.S. on N. Greenbrook Road, currently housing 20 people.
Northstar assisted in the rescue of person trapped in tree in Patterson by locating the victim with “night sun” light and relaying location info to rescuers on the water.
■ Power Outages: 369,554
PSE&G 99,700 / ACE 21,306 / JCPL 241,686 / ORU 6,862