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Voluntary Evacuation for Barrier Island Residents Issued by Township

Coastal flood warning issued by National Weather Service

A voluntary evacuation of barrier island homes beginning at 6 p.m. Friday has been issued by the Toms River Office of Emergency Management.

"Due to the possibility of flooding, residents of the barrier island and other low-lying areas who do not feel comfortable staying in their homes during the storm, may want to leave the area by 6 p.m. to stay with friends or family," reads a statement issued by the township Friday afternoon. 

A coastal flood warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for several areas from 4 p.m. Friday to 11 a.m. Saturday, including Ocean County. Flooding is possible at high tide Friday evening.

OEM Director Paul Daley indicated that it is "very likely" some areas in the township may flood, including land near the Barnegat Bay. Those areas have become more prone to flooding since Superstorm Sandy struck, as officials have said sand and other debris were deposited in the bay. 

Daley recommended that those in a flood-prone and low-lying areas move cars to higher ground and do not drive on flooded streets should waters rise

Angelo Turello February 09, 2013 at 01:50 PM
If Toms River used the beach badge money from Ortley over the past 20 years to maintain the dunes and beach, we would be in a different situation. But they didn't , god knows where the money went, but it didnt go to beach maintenance.
Marina February 09, 2013 at 02:55 PM
If your taking about the badge money from the private homeowner associations, TR is still waiting for it. Wanna know where the $ went, ask your association president. Obviousty it didn't go towards dunes.
Mike February 09, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Take a ride along the whole coast from seaside heights all the way to asbury at every other street is a state trooper car sitting there makeinv like 55 bucks an hour omg where do you think that money is coming from ? Let the local police in there own towns make that over time . State is so corrupt once the towns are open again and all the shit bags come back you won't see any state police up there oh no way , but that will be left to the local class twos and class ones who make 10 bucks an hour . Makes me sick . Seaside has like 30 state police up there watching the beach making sure no one takes pictures omg not nessesary . Leg the class ones earn some money
Kruss February 10, 2013 at 12:15 AM
Thats not true, I was there walking around and took like 100 pictures of the beach, rides, right in front of the cops. No problem at all. No one can keep you from taking photos.
Pat S. February 10, 2013 at 01:28 AM
Toms River is going to have a long wait for badge money from private associations. Since our beaches are self sufficient and don't get a penny from TR ( and certainly don't expect to) why would anyone think that any revenue should go to them? That's how we maintain our property and build better dunes than TR.


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