Mandatory Evacuation of Barrier Island, Bridge Shuts Down At Noon

Shelter available at Toms River North

Residents and visitors of the Barnegat Bay barrier island must leave, as part of a of the area for Hurricane Irene.

The barrier island communities and flood-prone areas of Toms River’s shoreline are under a mandatory evacuation beginning at 4 p.m. today, said Toms River Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Paul Daley.

The Route 37 Mathis bridge to Seaside will close noon Saturday to eastbound traffic.

Toms River's barrier island neighborhoods, as well as Lavallette and South Seaside Park, have ordered a mandatory evacuation. Seaside Heights is still operating as voluntary evacuation.

Toms River High School North is open as a shelter for evacuees, at Old Freehold Road and Bey Lea Road (Route 571).

The facility can hold 1,200 people and is also pet-friendly, said Daley.

However, he urged residents to find shelter with out-of-town friends or family, or hotels.

At a regional meeting of Toms River OEM and other local authorities today, officials discussed the potential for record flooding throughout Ocean County.

Previously, the barrier island was under a strongly urged voluntary evacuation, with all of Toms River’s evacuation voluntary.

Today, the evacuation is upgraded to a mandatory one for those communities.

Hurricane Irene is expected to bring excess of 50 mph winds and heavy rains Sunday.

Toms River’s barrier island communities east of the Mathis Bridge to Seaside are part of the mandatory evacuation: Ortley Beach, Ocean Beach, Dover Beaches, Pelican Island and neighboring towns of South Seaside Park, Lavallette, Normandy Beach.

Should Toms River North fill to capacity, the Red Cross will likely establish a second shelter at Toms River Intermediate North, near the high school on Bey Lea Road (Route 571) and Intermediate North Way, Daley said.

Carolina Shores August 26, 2011 at 06:53 PM
The bridge is going to be closed at 12:00 noon tomorrow.
1stcav August 26, 2011 at 07:19 PM
It took this to get rid of "Snookie , the Situation and supporting cast early, God is Good, God is Great, Allie Ackbar ( no one of dem is a Muslium ) trying to hide behide a Guido....Snookie or Ronnie ???? get out ahere before I snackyouone in Dahead !!; Paulie Walnuts .... Tony , do you believe dis , it's pulling down all I -tralianns...ebery wera , even in da Mother country....Brooklyn !
GM August 26, 2011 at 07:26 PM
@ BN you're really a nasty person. Instead of complaining about the feral cats help with a solution, NOT by the way, a hurricane, but spay & neuter programs. You are so distasteful, I hope you get washed awway with the hurricane....
BN August 26, 2011 at 07:32 PM
Pot meet kettle.
Seriously? August 26, 2011 at 07:59 PM
Seaside hasn't ordered a mandatory evacuation so they can wring every single dollar out of stupid people hanging out at the boardwalk until the last possible second. Money first, safety second...isn't that Seaside's motto?
KingNeptune August 26, 2011 at 08:03 PM
Closed to "west bound traffic"? That doesn't really make any sense.
Art August 26, 2011 at 09:18 PM
How about freedom first? I find it disturbing how almost everyone seems to think that the government has the right to tell you that you have to leave your property. This hysteria is absolutely out of control. What we are seeing is bureaucracy on steroids -- public officials propagating fear and panic in a race to waste as much tax payer money as possible. Absolutely disgusting.
. August 26, 2011 at 09:25 PM
Apparently you are a big fan of the show as you seem to know all about it......not funny.
. August 26, 2011 at 09:25 PM
Apparently you are a big fan of the show as you seem to know all about it......not funny.
beaches August 26, 2011 at 09:45 PM
Closed to eastbound traffic.
just me August 26, 2011 at 10:45 PM
@ Art -- You might want to take a closer look at what "freedom" brought to New Orleans and Mississippi during Katrina ... Same principle as laws that require you to wear a seatbelt or not talk or text on your cell phone while driving. Someone has to protect foolish, careless people from themselves..... Just sayin'
SB August 27, 2011 at 01:36 AM
@BN i think you are disgusting to be talking about these poor feral cats that way! they wouldnt be here if it wasnt for their owners not getting them spayed or neutered!! you should be looking for a way to fix this problem and not in the way your previous statement suggests! thats just disgusting!!
Lisa August 27, 2011 at 04:11 AM
FYI Mayor Kelaher.....It is the "Pine Belt Arena". The name was changed months ago.
Karen August 27, 2011 at 12:41 PM
It's a no win situation if government doesn't get involved people complain they didn't do enough if they get involved people yell big brother. As for seat belts and such, not to protect fools it's to save insurance company paying out which should save us on ins but it doesn't
Catherine Galioto (Editor) August 27, 2011 at 01:34 PM
Toms River North Shelter Filled, Head to Nearby Intermediate North for Evacuation - Toms River, http://patch.com/A-l2ZC
Catherine Galioto (Editor) August 27, 2011 at 02:00 PM
Evacuation Expands to Fischer Boulevard, Green Island - Toms River, http://patch.com/A-l3bK
walt tupycia August 27, 2011 at 02:31 PM
wait until you get your new tax bill next year.Blame Irene.
piney 53 August 27, 2011 at 09:12 PM
for your information the cast of Jersey Shore have not even been here for weeks,
Ed Hayes August 28, 2011 at 02:44 AM
Berkeley Twp (South Seaside Park & Half of Pelican Island) are under a mandatory evacuation. Do they have a mandatory shelter set up for those people? Where?


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