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TRENTON, N.J.
- Mercer County is continuing put all its resources toward restoring services following Hurricane Irene.

“I have great praise for all our Mercer County departments and our municipalities that worked hand in hand with our state agencies and local service groups to assist the people of Mercer County during this historic storm. There have been tremendous challenges to overcome and I expect that there will be more ahead, but I have every confidence that we will tackle each and every one,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. The Delaware River are other local tributaries now receding and back to below flood stage. In Trenton and Hamilton, fire departments are continuing to pump out flooded basements. This is expected to be an ongoing effort.

Power is gradually being restored. In addition to storm cleanup, Mercer County Department of Transportation is deployed all over the county and is using all its resources to clear tree debris so that power lines can be restored. The department also is inspecting and repairing county roads and bridges and making emergency repairs. Rosedale Road in Princeton Township, which experienced heavy erosion, was a top priority because other major arteries of Route 206 and Route 1 were closed due to flooding. Repairs are also being made to Cranbury Station Road in East Windsor and Pennington-Harbourton Road in Hopewell Township.

The Office of Emergency Management also is starting to do preliminary damage assessments in preparation for reporting to FEMA.  Mercer County was successful in obtaining $1.2 million in reimbursements following the December 2010 blizzard. “Mercer County has many weeks to go before we have a final tally of the damages and expenditures incurred during this storm,” Hughes said. “We are collecting data and urging our municipalities to do the same so that our taxpayers get relief from this costly natural disaster.”

At this time, county officials do not have any information about when FEMA will set up a response-and-recovery operation in Mercer County.  Residents are encouraged to check back at the county website at www. mercercounty.org where information from FEMA will be posted as it becomes available.

Additional post-storm information from Mercer County:
Shelters
The shelter at Stokes Elementary School, 915 Parkside Avenue, will be open tonight, Aug. 31, 2011.
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County Offices
All other county offices will be open as usual.
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Recycling
Recycling collections will continue on schedule.  Visit www.mcia-nj.com for a schedule.
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Transportation
Mercer County TRADE buses are running as usual.
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Parks
The Equestrian Center, Princeton Country Club and Howell Living History Farm all sustained minor damage but have reopened. All parks facilities are running on a normal schedule and all golf courses are open.
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Nutrition Sites
All Nutrition Sites including the City of Trenton have reopened. For more information, call the county Office on Aging at (609) 989-6663.
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