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Posted on: September 1, 2021

Gloucester County Update Sept. 4, 6:15 PM

Gloucester County Update 

Sept. 4, 6:15 PM

Gloucester County continues to assess damage and respond to requests from residents and municipalities.

Power outages are being reported across Mantua Township, Harrison Twp., Deptford, Wenonah, and Woodbury Heights. Wenonah residents should be aware of wires down and debris.


Director Robert M. Damminger and Senate President Steve Sweeney advised that all members assisting Gloucester County with tornado relief will have proper identification and/or credentials. They have deployed Gloucester County Office of Emergency Medical Services (GCEMS) and Public Safety Dispatchers to check door-to-door on resident’s well-being.

Director Robert M. Damminger has donated dumpsters to the Wenonah Borough to clear debris off the streets.  

The Commissioners have also brought dumpsters to residents affected in Harrison Twp. at Salvatore Ave. We are asking for these dumpsters to remain for those affected on Salvatore Ave. and Josephine Lane. 

We will continue to offer these dumpsters to all affected townships and borough as streets continue to be cleared across the County. 

Gloucester County Landfill will open September 5, 2021, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for debris removal for residents.

Gloucester County Department of Public Works Crews are picking up debris at houses across the county. Residents can leave debris on the edge of their property and crews will pick it up. Please be patient. The Gloucester County Landfill is also an option for affected areas.

The priority remains to make roadways and side-roads the clear for travel.
After Director Robert M. Damminger and Senate President Steve Sweeney expressed their disappointment in the action taken by Atlantic City Electric, service began to restore to many residents.

We are asking residents in affected areas are asked to stay in their houses unless emergency evacuation is needed. Multiple power lines are down and could cause injury. Please call 9-1-1 if you are in an emergency.

There are no additional injuries to report.

Commissioner Robert M. Damminger declared a State of Emergency through September 5. The Gloucester County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) continues to work directly with most affected municipalities to assess damage, provide resources and assist residents.

With the advocation of Senate President Steve Sweeney, Gloucester County will have the federal funding that it needs to recover quickly and effectively.

Individuals seeking emergency temporary housing can call (856) 307-4816 for assistance.

The Gloucester County Reception Center will be closed on Sunday, Sept. 5.

Mental Health Professionals were deployed to neighborhoods suffering from the devastation. Volunteers assisted from NJ Disaster Response Crisis Counselors Gloucester County Chapter (DRCC), Traumatic Loss Coalition (TLC) and Tri-State K-9 Response Team

United Way of Gloucester County is accepting donations to support the immediate and long-term needs of the response and recovery efforts from the September 1s tornado and accompanying flooding and high wind damage in Gloucester County. All donations to this fund will be used for response and recovery. 

Donations can be made securely at the Gloucester County Disaster Relief Fund by United Way of Gloucester County.  

Please note: Gloucester County and the Gloucester County Office of Emergency Management are not in need of donations at this time.

At this time, the following road closures are being reported:

  • Breakneck Road/Jackson Road
  • Mantua Boulevard
  • Clems Run between 322 and Ellis Mill Road
  • Jefferson Road between Jackson Road and Breakneck Road
  • Heritage Road

Please note: This list is not the total road closure list as there are many municipal road closures. Gloucester County is still assessing road closures and will share updates as they become available.

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Gloucester County Update 

Sept. 3, 19:00:00 PM

Gloucester County continues to assess damage and respond to requests from residents and municipalities.

Power outages are being reported across Mantua Township, Harrison Twp., Deptford, Wenonah, and Woodbury Heights. Wenonah residents should be aware of wires down and debris.

Director Robert M. Damminger and Senate President Steve Sweeney have vehemently expressed their disappointment in the action taken by Atlantic City Electric. Promises to restore power to residents last night by midnight were not met. Director Damminger and Senate President Sweeney are asking for action, not promises.

We are asking ALL residents to stay in their houses unless emergency evacuation is needed. Multiple power lines are down and could cause injury. Please call 9-1-1 if you are in an emergency.

There are no additional injuries to report.

The priority remains to make roadways and side-roads the clear for travel. Gloucester County Office of Emergency Management and the Department of Public Works has established a staging area at Rowan College of South Jersey to clear trees and debris.

Commissioner Robert M. Damminger declared a State of Emergency through September 4. The Gloucester County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) continues to work directly with most affected municipalities to assess damage, provide resources and assist residents.

With the advocation of Senate President Steve Sweeney, Gloucester County will have the federal funding that it needs to recover quickly and effectively.

Individuals seeking emergency temporary housing can call (856) 307-4816 for assistance.

Gloucester County Library System’s Mullica Hill Branch is set up as a Reception Center for individuals to charge cell phones, seek heat relief etc. The Reception Center is open until 8 p.m. September 3.

Tomorrow, September 4, the Reception Center will open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mental Health Professionals have been deployed to neighborhoods suffering from the devastation. Volunteers are assisting from NJ Disaster Response Crisis Counselors (DRCC), Traumatic Loss Coalition (TLC) and Tri-State K-9 Response Team. Mental Health Professionals will also be available tomorrow, September 4.

Tomorrow, September 4, the Reception Center will open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

United Way of Gloucester County is accepting donations to support the immediate and long-term needs of the response and recovery efforts from the September 1s tornado and accompanying flooding and high wind damage in Gloucester County. All donations to this fund will be used for response and recovery. 

Donations can be made securely at the Gloucester County Disaster Relief Fund by United Way of Gloucester County.  

Please note: Gloucester County and the Gloucester County Office of Emergency Management are not in need of donations at this time.

At this time, the following road closures are being reported:

  • Breakneck Road/Jackson Road
  • Clems Run between 322 and Ellis Mill Road
  • Jefferson Road between Jackson Road and Breakneck Road
  • Heritage Road

Please note: This list is not the total road closure list as there are many municipal road closures. Gloucester County is still assessing road closures and will share updates as they become available.

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Gloucester County Update 

Sept. 2, 14:15:00 PM

Gloucester County continues to assess damage and respond to requests from residents and municipalities.

Multiple roads and power outages are being reported across Mantua Township, Harrison Twp., Deptford, Wenonah, and Woodbury Heights. Wenonah residents should be aware of wires down and debris. 

School closures are in effect in these most affected towns.

We are asking ALL residents to stay in their houses unless emergency evacuation is needed. Multiple power lines are down and could cause injury. Please call 9-1-1 if you are in an emergency. 

There are no additional injuries to report.

Commissioner Robert M. Damminger declared a State of Emergency through September 3. The Gloucester County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) continues to work directly with most affected municipalities to assess damage, provide resources and assist residents.

With the advocation of Senate President Steve Sweeney, Gloucester County will have the federal funding that it needs to recover quickly and effectively.

Gloucester County Office of Emergency Management and Public Works has established a staging area at Rowan College of South Jersey to clear trees and debris in conjunction with the electric companies. The priority remains to make the road ways safe to travel.

Individuals seeking emergency temporary housing can call (856) 307-4816 for assistance.

Gloucester County Institute of Technology is set up as a Reception Center for individuals to charge cell phones, seek heat relief etc. Water and necessities are being provided by Walmart, CVS, American Water Co., CVS.

The Reception Center is open today, September 2, 2021 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Mental Health Resources are onsite at the Gloucester County Institute of Technology’s Reception Center.

Gloucester County is NOT in need of donations at this time.

At this time, the following road closures are being reported:

  • Gateway High School to Mail Ave (affecting parts of tanyard rd.)
  • Heritage Road between Jackson Road and Main St.

·      Breakneck between Barnesboro Rd and Jackson Rd

·      Clems Run between 322 and Ellis Mill Rd

·      Jefferson Road between Jackson Rd and Breakneck Rd

Please note: This list is not the total road closure list as there are many municipal road closures. Gloucester County is still assessing road closures and will share updates as they become available.

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Update: Sept. 1 23:15 PM

Gloucester County is currently assessing all damage caused by the tornado on September 1, 2021.

Multiple roads are closed and power outages are being reported across Mantua Township, Harrison Twp., Deptford, Wenonah, and Woodbury Heights.

School closures are in effect in these most affected towns.

We are asking ALL residents to stay in their houses unless emergency evacuation is needed. Multiple power lines are down and could cause injury. 

Multiple houses are severely damaged. At this time, we have no fatalities to report, two reported injuries - both individuals are in stable condition at Inspira Mullica Hill. 

Commissioner Director Robert M. Damminger has approved the activation of Gloucester County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and is working directly with most affected municipalities to assess damage, provide resources and assist residents.

Gloucester County Office of Emergency Management and Public Works are working to set staging areas to clear trees and debris in conjunction with the electric companies with the priority to make the road ways safe to travel.

Individuals seeking emergency temporary housing can call (856) 307-4816 for assistance from NJ Red Cross.

The County is reporting the following road closures:

  • Woodbury Glassboro Road from Mantua Avenue to Evergreen Circle is closed - County Crews with Deptford FD are clearing
  • Breakneck Road closed from Jackson to Deer Run - Poles & Trees Down
  • Heritage Road Closed from Main Street to Jackson - Poles & Trees
  • Main Street closed from Pontes Point to Center Street - Poles & Trees
  • Commissioners Pike CR 581 closed just north of CR 618 large Tree & Wires
  • Mantua Boulevard in the vicinity of Delaware Valley Florist including multiple poles and trees  
  • Tanyard Road to Bankbridge Road
  • Route 322 from Rt 45 to Cedar to Clearview High School
  • High Point Road from Route 130 to Pedricktown Road

Please note: This list is not the total road closure list as there are many municipal road closures. Gloucester County is still assessing road closures and will share updates as they become available.

The County has been in contact with State Offices for resources as well as Senate President Steve Sweeney who has been advocating for additional resources and the declaration of emergency of our area.

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