DETOUR EXPECTED FOR A.M. DRIVE TIME

front-broadWestbound traffic was diverted from West Front Street onto Broad Street Tuesday evening, above, jamming up downtown Red Bank. Below, eastbound vehicles lined up on Monmouth Street. (Click to enlarge)

monouth-trafficWork to replace a busted utility pole on busy West Front Street may not be completed until midday Wednesday, meaning motorists could face another glacial morning crawl through Red Bank.

A shutdown of a portion of West Front to enable JCP&L crews to replace the pole, which shattered during the blizzard Sunday night, led to massive traffic jams Tuesday morning, with inbound traffic backed up onto the Route 35/Cooper Bridge to Middletown.

By the evening commute, a repeat appeared in the making.

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RED BANK SPUTTERS BACK TO A START

On Monday, redbankgreen brought you photos taken on a walking tour of Red Bank shortly after the end of the paralyzing blizzard that walloped parts of the northeastern United States over the previous 24 hours.

Today, we give you the morning after the morning after, in which we retrace our steps to see how much has changed over the subsequent 24.

Photos are in pairs, the first of which was taken Monday morning, and the second, Tuesday morning.

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PLOW STUCK ON RIVER STREET 24+ HOURS

Privately owned vehicles stranded in the weekend snowstorm aren’t the only ones hampering the street-clearing effort in Red Bank, it turns out.

redbankgreen came across this municipal truck stuck in snow, engine running, without any borough employees in sight, on River Street Tuesday morning.

Huh?

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POLE FIX JAMS RED BANK TRAFFIC

tieupVehicles backed up along Riverside Avenue earlier today. Below, utility crews working on West Front Street, a portion of which is closed to traffic. (Click to enlarge)

pole-fixSnow-clogged streets and work to replace a snapped utility pole on West Front Street is causing major traffic tie-ups in and around Red Bank Tuesday morning.

Police shut down West Front from Broad Street to Maple Avenue to enable the repair work, which was still underway as of 10:15a with no estimated time of completion yet available, said police Captain Darren McConnell.

Partly as a result of the shutdown, traffic was backed up on northbound Broad, eastbound West Front and southbound Riverside Avenue all the way across the Cooper Bridge into Middletown. A Red Bank municipal employee stuck in the tie-up told redbankgreen he’d been inching along for half an hour.

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AFTER THE STORM IN FAIR HAVEN & RUMSON

As the wind and snow relented Monday morning, plows, shovels and snowblowers got heavy use in Fair Haven and Rumson.

redbankgreen‘s Dustin Racioppi trudged through the streets to snap shots of residents digging out from the season’s first major storm.

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A WALK AROUND RED BANK

In the aftermath of the blizzard, redbankgreen took a stroll around Red Bank Monday morning.

Everywhere, it seemed, were stranded cars, shovel-toters, pre-plowed streets and balletic wisps of snow dancing on strong gusts of wind. Here’s the documentary evidence.

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POLE DOWN ON WEST FRONT

pole-downAuthorities left West Front Street open despite the presence of a fallen utility pole to maintain roadway access to Riverview Medical Center. Below, the aftermath of a train-versus-van accident at the Monmouth Street grade crossing. (Click to enlarge)trainvcar2

A utility pole and a couple of vehicles appear to have been the only victims of a raging blizzard that swept through Red Bank Sunday night.

Police Captain Darren McConnell said the pole, opposite Riverside Gardens Park, snapped sometime overnight, leaving it leaning heavily on connecting wires and blocking the eastbound lane. Officials from Jersey Central Power & light were unable to say when the pole would be replaced, McConnell said.

Meantime, McConnell said, a determination was made that the pole was safe for vehicles to pass.

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SEA BRIGHT POWER MAY BE OUT FOR DAYS

Red Bank resident Robert Bruce shot this video of a power line arcing over a parking lot at the Red Bank Train Station early Wednesday afternoon.

Wednesday’s wind-driven storm left downtown Sea Bright closed to traffic and without electricity, police Chief John Sorrentino tells redbankgreen.

Residents of the west end of New Street were displaced from their homes when a trio of utility poles came down in the storm, and a woman estimated to be in her early 20s went to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after suffering an electrical shock, Sorrentino said.

Power may not be restored until Friday, he said.

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LIGHTNING THE MOOD

lightning-092210Reader Stephen Kroll grabbed this shot of a lightning strike in Middletown — or beyond? — during Wednesday night’s brief storm. Red Bank’s Molly Pitcher Inn is in the foreground. (Click to enlarge)

FLASH STORM POUNDS REGION

rumsonrdEastbound storm clouds roll in over Rumson Road in Little Silver moments before the deluge. (Click to enlarge)

A sudden downpour accompanied by lightning and thunder left streets in the Red Bank area awash in rainwater Monday evening.

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WET WEATHER LINGERS FOLLOWING STORM

ouchIn the aftermath of the storm, a car parked on Branch Avenue in Little Silver was crushed by a falling tree limb Sunday. (Click to enlarge; photo courtesy of Anthony Trufolo)

Seven people died in weather-related accidents and nearly half a million homes were without power at the peak of the weekend storm that socked New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, the Associated Press reports today.

At the storm’s peak, more than 235,000 customers in New Jersey — many of them at the Jersey Shore — were without power, according to the Asbury Park Press.

With some 100,000 New Jersey homes still without power, Gov. Chris Christie last night declared a state of emergency in New Jersey. The order “allows state police to limit access to impacted areas and order evacuations,” the Press reports.

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WRECKING STORM TAXES EMERGENCY CREWS

garden-rdA fallen tree punched a hole in the roof of a house on Garden Road in Little Silver. Firefighters responded to a report of smoke. (Click photos to enlarge)

A nearly uninterrupted stream of emergency calls had police, firefighters and medical personnel jumping Saturday afternoon.

Heavy rain driven by high winds knocked down trees, limbs, power lines and traffic lights in the Red Bank region.

Here’s a sampling of what redbankgreen saw on a short spin through the area.

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ANOTHER STORM HEADED THIS WAY?

Ledger Live reporter Brian Donohue shot this pre-storm vodcast about weather-induced panic shopping last Friday at Red Bank and Middletown supermarkets. Will we see a repeat run on bread and milk this week?

Just days after Saturday’s blizzard, the Red Bank area could be facing another wintry mess beginning Tuesday night.

The National Weather Service is warning of an “explosively developing” northeaster (or as they call it, a ‘nor-easter,’ as though we all lived in a Pepperidge Farm commercial) that could bring “heavy snow” to the area through Wednesday.

Locally, it sounds as though we could be in for less pretty white fluffy stuff and more yucky mess.
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AUTUMN LEAVES, AND WINTER BARGES IN

Scenes from a quick spin through Red Bank at midmorning Sunday, the last day of Autumn 2009, following the storm that dumped about 15 inches of snow.

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STORM RIPS THROUGH REGION

sping-st-stormEmergency personnel on the scene on Spring Street in Red Bank, where a downed limb damaged a house and left a live power line lying on the ground.

A wind-whipping thunderstorm tore through the Green Friday evening, resulting in downed wires and sporadic power outages, according to police reports.

At 7p, police and other responders were awaiting the arrival of a utility company representative to cut power to a downed line on Spring Street in Red Bank.

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