As the full extent of the damage from Hurricane Sandy is now being seen the Howell Township Administration is still urging residents to use caution in the township.
In an email from the Mayor and Council residents are urged to stay off the roads as much as possible. "Howell Township is aggressively in the process of surveying all roads, unsafe structures, and critical infrastructures," the email said. "We are a large community and it will require an extended period of time to complete our initial assessment."
Now that the storm is over the email said there will be a considerable amount of work done to return the township to regular operations. "During the next few hours and days, we will be asking our residents for their assistance in an organized manner."
As of Tuesday afternoon the two biggest requests for residents are to keep travel to a minimum and to contact the Emergency Operations Center with any non-emergency issues. "There are many interior areas where trees and power lines are making roadways impassible, and the pending darkness increases the risk while driving," the email said. "Do not pass through any roadlocks or barriers due to unsafe conditions."
The township will also be looking for residents to help in the clean up efforts. Anyone interested and available is encouraged to call Deputy Mayor William Gotto at 732-312-2495 and leave a message with your name and email address.
Also on Tuesday it was announced that the Howell Public Schools will be closed again on Wednesday and there will be further evaluation of the situation from there.
The number for the Emergency Operations Center is 732-414-3239.