Barrier islands cut off by tides

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As of 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22, barrier islands in Cape May County were inaccessible and the Garden State Parkway was closed from milepost 38 south by order of Gov. Chris Christie.

Police were stationed at many of the entrances to barrier islands. Sea Isle Boulevard was impassible, a according to the officer stationed there, and South Jersey Gas trucks were waiting for the tide to recede enough for them to head in to the island. The officers at North Wildwood said there was three to five feet of water in the borough.

While the barrier islands are expected to see the worst of the storm, flooding was possible throughout the county, both from high tides and from heavy rain. This morning, Route 9 was passible and several cars were moving around the county, but emergency officials throughout the region have asked that all but emergency travel be avoided until after the storm.


On Roosevelt Boulevard this morning, there were no police stationed on the Marmora side, but it soon became clear to the drivers of several trucks heading into the island that the flood water was too deep to pass.

According to the  New Jersey Turnpike Authority, flooding on the Parkway led to the closure, from the Atlantic City Expressway to Cape May. It will remain closed until further notice. A statement from the authority said to expect more roads to be closed.

A power outage has been reported in the Seaville area of Upper Township. One witness indicated that it was caused by an accident involving a National Guard truck and a civilian car, but that could not be immediately confirmed.

County officials say at least 60 percent of the barrier islands are evacuated. According to the most recent update from the county, traffic is only allowed to leave the islands, although passible routes will be limited at least through this tide.

Four National Guard High-Wheel vehicles are positioned in Cape May County in Upper Township, Lower Township, Wildwood and at the Emergency Communications Center. There are two shelters for animals open in Cape May County: Upper Township Middle School and the Cape May County Airport.

Most forecasts indicate the storm has not even really begun in earnest.

Expect much higher wind and more severe flooding tonight, as Hurricane Sandy makes landfall on the New Jersey coast.

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