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Flooding Updates in Toms River Area

High tide through noon, 6 p.m. Sunday.

Update 8 a.m. Monday: This story reflects flooding events throughout Sunday. Officials are warning residents that flooding may continue throughout Monday. For emergencies in Toms River, call 9-1-1. Police non-emergency number is 732-349-0150.  

Flooding conditions are coming in from throughout Toms River's neighborhoods.

An ongoing report of flooding and road closures in Toms River. Check back for updates.

Shelter Cove and Snug Harbor:

High tide rolling in after Hurricane Irene is raising water levels in the Shelter Cove and Snug Harbor sections of town at 10 a.m.

On the scene in Cove Road, Shelter Cove, water levels have risen in lagoons there to dock heights at 10 a.m.

On the scene in Snug Harbor, cones are blocking the entrance near Seaman Court and Mizzen Road, where flooding is about knee deep as of 10 a.m., with conditions worsening as you get closer to the bay.

Shelter Cove is currently experiencing minor flooding at its side streets, with residents saying noon high tide is the hour to assess if waters will damage home.

Vehicles driving through streets are creating waves and wakes in the flooded areas, at the scene in Shelter Cove.

Fischer Boulevard Corridor:

On the scene at Fischer Boulevard and Yellowbank, the traffic light is disabled as of 11:28 a.m., with police not allowing turns onto Yellowbank. Near that intersection, a tree has fallen across power lines.

On the scene near Coty Marina, Pumpshire Road is flooded. Water has risen to Fischer Boulevard at 11:49 a.m.

Driving through Water's Edge, the neighborhood has power at 11:30 a.m., with no visible flooding but a tree has fallen over.

Barrier Island:

Access to the barrier island via Route 37 east bridge has changed throughout the afternoon and morning.

Driving over the open Route 37 Mathis Bridge to Seaside at 11 a.m., there is visible flooding in the streets of Pelican Island, and then to Seaside Heights at Route 35 and 37, where flooding is curb height. Police are patrolling the area and directing vehicles away from closed streets.

At the scene in Ortley Beach, damage to Joey Harrison's Surf Club with its beachfront and boardwalk tore up, walls damaged and portions of the property hanging over the sidewalk. However, minimal flooding to streets although several fences to sand dunes have been ripped off.

A police ATV vehicle is on the beachfront in Ortley, keeping surfers out of the water at 11 a.m.

Route 37 Mathis Bridge to Seaside has police stationed at base of bridge, with ongoing changes to access there into barrier island. At noon, the bridge is closed. However, Toms River Police Chief Mastronardy at 12:45 p.m. said bridge is open. He said changes to access over the bridge may occur.

At 2 p.m., access to Route 35 on the barrier island is limited. You have to go toward the A&P instead of south into Seaside Heights and Park at this time. Barnegat Street is flooded, and areas between Central Avene and Route 35 are also experiencing flooding.

Photographer Shawn Smith reports: "The winds hitting you as your cross the Mathis or Tunney are rough. I had to fight to stay in one lane."


Areas of the Silverton section of Toms River including Green Island, Holiday on the Bay, Silver Bay Road east of Brand Road is beginning to experience some flooding along with the east side of Fischer Boulevard at 11 a.m., according to the Ocean County Office of Emergency Management.

Downtown Toms River & Silver Ridge:

Heavy rains sent the Toms River over its banks, flooding Irons Streetand the Toms River Bus Terminal parking lot.

At the scene, Main Street is closed due to flooding at Route 166 and Water Street. The traffic light is out at Route 166 and Water Street.

At noon, the Toms River has reached the parking lot on Water Street between Robbins Parkway and Huddy Park.

With the southbound Garden State Parkway still closed, some drivers ignored cones set up at the Lakehurst Road entrance and used the toll road, until Toms River police responded.

Up the Wrangle Brook branch of the river in Berkeley Township, water flowed through the back yards of homes in Silver Ridge Park East, but did not flood the entrance to River Terrace in Toms River at Southampton Drive. Sprinklers were on at the Silver Ridge Park East clubhouse at mid-morning.

A drooping power line closed River Terrace in Toms River at Silver Ridge Drive.

At the county courthouse on Washington Street, a county crew was busy cutting up a tree blown down by the storm.

Riverfront streets on the north side of the river were closed, including the end of Robbins Parkway.

Water from the river flowed across Riverfront Landing Park into East Water Street. At Crabbe’s boat house near the Dock Street bend, water reached nearly to East Water Street.

Fire Company 2, on West Water Street, fortified its entrances to keep the water out. The river flooded the parking lot once used by the first Toms River Bus Terminal, and approached businesses on the south side of West Water Street.

Route 9 Corridor, Pleasant Plains and North Dover):

On the scene at 3:30 p.m., the traffic light at Cox Cro Road and Route 9 is out. A traffic police officer is directing traffic at the intersection, where drivers will be waved off of making a left turn onto Cox Cro from Route 9 northbound at this time.

Toms River Patch Photographer Shawn Smith reports no visible flooding or property damage along Route 9 from Route 37 to Route 70 at 4 p.m. Traffic is light on Route 9 southbound now that the Garden State Parkway southbound has reopened.

At 8 p.m., Pleasant Plains Fire Department responded to off Route 70, for reports of flooding. About 30 residents were evacuated as the northern branch of the Toms River swelled.

Downstream, the neighborhood off Route 571 began flooding shortly thereafter, with streets such as Beech and Walnut evacuating with the help of Manchester Police around 10 p.m.

Power outages reported:

urges residents to stay at home and remain sheltered until damage assessments can be completed.

Power outages began across Toms River around 11 p.m. Saturday and continue into this morning, according to JCP&L and Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy. JCP&L at 7:30 a.m. Sunday is reporting 14,000 customers in .

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Shannon August 28, 2011 at 03:47 PM
Jamestown village??
Catherine Galioto (Editor) August 28, 2011 at 04:27 PM
Check back to this story regularly as we keep adding updates from the scene as our reporters travel throughout the many neighborhoods of Toms River.
Catherine Galioto (Editor) August 28, 2011 at 04:51 PM
Yes. Our reporter was able get access east earlier this afternoon. Changes to access are ongoing, as story states. Toms River Police Chief Mastronardy at 12:45 p.m. said bridge is open but changes may occur.
Martin August 28, 2011 at 05:41 PM
With all the pre-hurricane hype, I went to Trenton area during the storm. House there got water stains on 3 ceilings. Ride back via I-195 and Rt. 527 was trouble-free except for 2-3 non-working traffic lights in Jackson. Returned to TR to find a couple of flooded intersections on Kettle Creek Rd. (6" deep) and Green Island Way (1' deep). My house wasn't damaged by wind or water. That's a relief! Neighborhood beach, piers and picnic area are underwater -- about 2-3 feet at noon Sunday high tide. Considering that hurricane hit 20 mi. from here and went by very close to us, we really dodged a bullet!
Martin August 28, 2011 at 05:49 PM
Be cautious about calling your homeowners' insurance agent with questions, because that can go on your policy's record as an incident (even if you don't file a claim), which could raise your rates next year! Really.
Sheila August 28, 2011 at 06:25 PM
that is so not true, your insurance agent is always there for questions ...I take it your not a licensed insurance agent!!!!!!!
Joan August 28, 2011 at 06:51 PM
Any idea what it's like on Green Island...Bayview Drive. Is there power there?
Suzanne Welch August 28, 2011 at 08:05 PM
Should I venture to Lavallette tomorrow to start my shortened vacation? :(
1stcav August 28, 2011 at 08:15 PM
Commerical they can ( will ?? ) Debit you...Personal lines , not so much...counts on how many incidences you've had in the past for record keeping !!
Catherine Galioto (Editor) August 28, 2011 at 08:34 PM
That would depend on what type of vacation you enjoy having. But check out this site for some contact info for Lavallette: http://www.lavallette.org/ Be safe and try to enjoy a much-needed vacation!
marie willemsen August 28, 2011 at 08:40 PM
Any idea if Ocean Beach III experienced flooding? Is 35 north and south open?
Martin August 29, 2011 at 12:45 AM
It's sad but true, according to a national consumer publication.
Catherine Galioto (Editor) August 29, 2011 at 02:49 AM
Flooding along two points of the northern branch of the Toms River is now underway. Homestead Run and Cedar Glen neighborhoods are both active evacuation sites, said police at both scenes. See above for updates and related breaking news stories.
Shawn Smith August 29, 2011 at 03:08 AM
As of now 35 North and South are open


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