Damage from Irene minimal in Medford

Like many of the municipalities in the area, it seems Medford dodged a bullet this weekend.

Approximately 4,000 customers lost power because of Hurricane Irene.

As of mid Monday afternoon, the township was waiting for exact numbers from PSE&G and Atlantic City Electric. Medford Township Manager Christopher Schultz said he estimated 70 homes still without power at that time.

The majority of those who has lost power had it restored at noon Monday.

There were no rescues associated with the storm.

Schultz said the majority of damage was caused by trees down on wires.

The township experienced damage to sidewalks due to uprooted trees and baseball backstops because of the winds.

Six homes flooded in the Lake Cotoxen and New Freedom Road area and many more experienced minor flooding throughout Medford. Camp Darkwaters on New Freedom Road experienced major flooding affecting several cabins, a recreation hall, and mess hall.

Several businesses along Ballinger Run on Stokes Road experienced flooding in their lower level areas.

The evacuation order for residents along the Rancocas Creek was lifted at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The emergency declaration was issued at 2:10 p.m. on Saturday. Mandatory evacuations for residents living along the Rancocas Creek were ordered at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday due to rising water levels.

The regional shelter was opened at Chairville School in cooperation with the Red Cross and Medford Township Public Schools at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Assistance with setting up and staffing the shelter was provided by area boy scout troops, the Medford CERT team, volunteers from Fellowship Alliance Church, Red Cross volunteers, the Burlington County Sheriff’s Department, and other county CERT and Medical Reserve Corps volunteers.

The shelter housed up to 40 people during the storm, and was closed at 10 a.m. on Monday.