TOMS RIVER–Toms River Mayor Tom Kelaher today, in a statement, addressed rumors he says are circulating online and announced the re-population plan for Ortley Beach.
“There is so much misinformation and rumors going around that I’m afraid residents are starting to believe the blogs and Facebook posts. I implore residents to stick with the information found on our website. If you don’t have access to a computer, read the local papers or call town hall for updates. Obviously the rumors about not allowing anyone back into Ortley aren’t true, so please visit our website if you can. There is also a section on the website devoted entirely to the matters involving Ortley Beach.”
The mayor said, in a release, he and the Toms River Council have been steadfastly working with the utility companies to get most Ortley Beach residents back in their homes as early as February 4, 2013.
In accordance with Governor Christie’s requirements for lifting the State of Emergency, Paul Daley, the Acting Emergency Management Coordinator, prepared and submitted a letter to the Ocean County Office of Emergency Management on 1/11/13, requesting that the State of Emergency order from October 28th, 2012 be lifted for most of Ortley Beach, beginning at 8:00 am on February 4th, but it does include conditions. Only properties with all four utilities in service will be allowed to re-populate. Through meetings with NJ American Water, TR Municipal Utilities Authority, NJ Natural Gas and JCP&L, Mayor Kelaher has been assured that there service will be restored for most properties in the west and middle sections of Ortley by February 4th. Portions of the eastern section of Ortley Beach from Rt. 35 North to the ocean may not ready for full service, although the water company has stated that there is potable drinking water for all homes that are connected to NJAW.