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After Sandy: Gas, Warmth Growing Concern

Shelters and warming stations are popping up in and around Mendham and Chester in response to the worsening conditions.

The winds have died down and the rain is gone.

The trees no longer sway in the breeze and lawn furniture isn’t being tossed around like children’s tinker toys.

But the majority of residents in Mendham and Chester are still without power and expect to be without power for quite some time. In fact, the latest projections from JCP&L say that power could be out for as much as two weeks.

With temperatures diving down into the 30s over the next several days in below freezing over the weekend, some residents are already hitting the road.

Sharona posted on Mendham-Chester Patch that it was the “super cold” temperature in her house that forced her and her family to flee.

“I live in Chester Township and have been out of power since Sunday night. No fireplace and no generator,” Sharona said. “Turns out my parents in Woodbridge got their power back up yesterday thanks to their PSE&G electric service. So my family and I are there now.”

Sharona also posted she saw first hand some of the gas shortages people are experiencing around the area.

“Hardly any of the towns have power and we found no gas stations with gas, most weren't even open,” Sharona said. “I did see before though that Delta gas station in Chester was open. Long line but they were selling gas.”

Mendham Township Police issued a statement reminding residents to be safe during the storm cleanup by driving only when needed and avoiding the numerous downed power lines. Mendham Township also has an emergency shelter operating over at the Brookside Engine Company firehouse (word is the pancakes are excellent).

Mendham Borough Mayor Neil Henry wanted to remind residents that their emergency shelter was open at the Sisters of Christian Charity.

 “All Borough residents should take full advantage of our shelter,” Henry said. “Beds, food, hot showers and heat are plentiful.”

Henry also said that like all other towns in the area, Mendham Borough will be complying with the executive order calling for Trick or Treating to be held on Mon Nov. 5.

“I had moved it to Saturday prior to this directive,” Henry said. “So it will now be Monday.”

Chester Township has been repeatedly tweeting warnings and road updates to residents as condition slowly improve and portions of Main Street in Chester Borough have power and some businesses are open.

In fact, the Sweet Spot Bake Shoppe in Chester is inviting people to come in and recharge (an offer we will be taking them up on for Thursday). Chester Borough also has opened town hall as a warming center. Residents are welcome to come warm up, recharge cell phones or other electronic devices, utilize the kitchen in the break room, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.  

Just over the border of both Mendham and Chester in Randolph Town Hall on Millbrook Avenue is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Public Works Center on Sussex Turnpike is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Both facilities have bottled water available.

Randolph also has the Ironia Firehouse on Dover Chester Road and the Millbrook Fire House on Route 10 West is open until 8 p.m.

Where are you going to recharge and refuel? Share in the comments below.

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