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UPDATE: Evacuation Voluntary Except for Mandatory Barrier Island Evacuation

Toms River OEM urges residents to seek shelter with friends or family elsewhere

6 p.m. UPDATE: Live Updates of Irene in Toms River Starting Saturday Night - Toms River, http://patch.com/A-l3Cn

5:30 p.m. UPDATE:

Toms River Office of Emergency Management said the barrier island is still under a mandatory evacuation. While low-lying areas are strongly encouraged to evacuate, it is voluntary as well as elsewhere in the township.

Three shelters are now open, with Toms River High School East accepting evacuees. Toms River High School North is full, and Intermediate North, which opened at 11 a.m. today, is also now full, said shelter coordinators at Intermediate North.

This story is updated at 10:42 a.m.

Sections of town including east of Fischer Boulevard, Green Island, and Anchorage should all evacuate for Hurricane Irene. All of Toms River is in a voluntary evacuation, while and flood-prone mainland sections of Toms River is mandatory, officials confirmed.

Previously, the barrier island was mandatory, but now sections east of Fischer Boulevard, as well as Green Island and Anchorage in Silverton and all flood-prone areas are strongly urged for evacuation.

Otherwise, all other parts of the entire township are under a voluntary evacuation, officials said.

Residents there are urged to evacuate and seek shelter, taking with them emergency provisions as Hurricane Irene’s outer bands begin to rain upon the area.

Toms River Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Paul Daley urged residents to seek shelter out of town with friends or relatives or in hotels.

He said August is already reporting record flooding at 12 inches of rainfall. Approximately 10 inches of rain could fall from Hurricane Irene, increasing the potential for widespread flooding in the township's flood-prone areas.

Shelter is available in Toms River. Two Red Cross shelters are open: Toms River North and Intermediate North, on Route 571 and Old Freehold Road.

In addition, the Tunney Route 37 east bound bridge to Seaside will close at noon today.

Southbound traffic on the Garden State Parkway is closed starting at mile 98. The Route 72 and 70 circle is closed to traffic heading east on Route 72.

Coastal evacuation routes include Route 9, Route 37 west, and Route 70 west.

Barnegat Ray August 27, 2011 at 02:15 PM
Catherine...some of my neighbors on the barrier island are 1st-timers to an evacuation...can you or your staff answer a few questions for us? 1. What should we bring to the shelter with us?...pillows?...toiletries?...food? 2. What should we not bring to the shelter? 3. What does the shelter provide besides cots?...can we bring an air mattress? 4. Is there a sign-in process?...any costs at all? 5. Is there anything we can donate to help the shelter. Thanks for all your help keeping us updated through the Patch!
Catherine Galioto (Editor) August 27, 2011 at 02:37 PM
All of Toms River is under a voluntary evacuation, in addition to flood-prone areas and the barrier island under a mandatory evacuation. Toms River OEM Coordinator is urging residents to make their first option for shelter of out-of-town friends or relatives, or hotels. Two shelters are now operating: Toms River North and Intermediate North.
Catherine Galioto (Editor) August 27, 2011 at 02:48 PM
Not yet mandatory, strongly urged. Record flooding predicted. Barrier island mandatory evacuation. Entire township voluntary evacuation. TRN shelter is filled, Intermediate North about to open.
Catherine Galioto (Editor) August 27, 2011 at 02:54 PM
Barnegat Ray, Many answers and helpful tips about hurricane preparedness and evacuation can be found at www.ready.gov. Shortly we'll have an FAQ to help further. I'll post the link.
Catherine Galioto (Editor) August 27, 2011 at 04:25 PM
Barnegat Ray, here is the link: http://tomsriver.patch.com/articles/toms-river-evacuation-faq
Madison August 27, 2011 at 05:54 PM
Thanks to our intrepid Patch reporters and editor for sloshing around town (and later, against the wind) reporting on what's happening. This is news we can't get on radio and TV, and it's important to our well-being -- much better than merely worrying without facts! Are local motels full or being evacuated, too? Are Public Works crews going out later to check storm drains, put up safety cones at deeply ponded roads, etc.
Catherine Galioto (Editor) August 27, 2011 at 05:58 PM
Hi Madison, there are a couple stories coming shortly speaking to those questions. Officials did say public works and recreation are among the many township departments mobilized at different points of the storm response
Liz Hull August 27, 2011 at 06:34 PM
is silver bay rd (silverton) considered flood-prone?
carol August 27, 2011 at 08:06 PM
I live on that side of fischer blvd, and the fire engines were in here just about two hours ago telling us where the shelters were and that it was a voluntary evacuation NOT a mandatory one.
Barnegat Ray August 27, 2011 at 09:08 PM
Thanks, Catherine!
. August 27, 2011 at 09:31 PM
I live east of Fischer and no one came in here telling us anything. Where about off of Fischer are you, if you don't mind my asking?
Catherine Galioto (Editor) August 27, 2011 at 10:09 PM
Live Updates of Irene in Toms River Starting Saturday Night - Toms River, http://patch.com/A-l3Cn

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