The only damage reported as a result of winter storm Stella thus far was in City Hall and at the City Firehouse where there were some leaks reported in offices. Insurance reps and a restoration company were on the scene this afternoon.
City Hall was closed as a result of the storm, but Public Works employees were on the scene to help where needed and to deal with flooding, placing barricades at the more traveled intersections that were flooded and monitoring the pump activity on a constant basis to mitigate flooding.
Parts of Monmouth and Winchester Avenues were closed for about 4 hours as well as Dorset Avenue Bridge from 10 a.m. to about 12 p.m.
Police, Fire and the Office of Emergency Management assisted with rescues due to people driving through water, and in some cases, ignoring the barricades. Several motorists were rescued in floodwater by our fire department.
“It’s really important for the public to remain inside during inclement weather to avoid the potential of personal injury or loss of property,” stressed Commissioner Kriebel, commissioner of public safety.
For the Ventnor City Police Department, it was business as usual.
“Nor’easters are just another day for our department. We patrolled and assisted the public during Stella with no stoppage of services in spite of the elements, which included severe damage to a number of offices in city hall, our firehouse and the police department. Our police and fire departments work extremely well together, and couple that with the services provided by public works and office of emergency management, the citizens of Ventnor had nothing to worry about,” said Captain Doug Biagi.
Ventnor also received assistance from the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Department.
More damage assessment will be done tomorrow.
There were no power outages reported today.