Mandatory evacuation ordered for 4 p.m. Sunday in Ocean City

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Preparations for Hurricane Sandy's expected arrival continued Saturday around Ocean City. In the 1300 block of the boardwalk, stores began boarding up in anticipation of record flooding and high winds. Preparations for Hurricane Sandy's expected arrival continued Saturday around Ocean City. In the 1300 block of the boardwalk, stores began boarding up in anticipation of record flooding and high winds.

photo by Cindy Nevitt

OCEAN CITY –­ The NJ Office of Emergency Management and Gov. Chris Christie have ordered that all residents on New Jersey’s barrier islands, including Ocean City, be evacuated by 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28.

Mayor Jay Gillian and the city of Ocean City issued a statement at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 warning that recent information from the National Weather Service indicates Hurricane Sandy will severely impact the region Sunday, Oct. 28 through Tuesday, Oct. 3 with very high winds, heavy rain and major beach erosion and coastal flooding. High wind watches, flood watches and coastal flood watches have now been posted for the area.

All Ocean City Schools will be closed on Monday and Tuesday.

“Be advised that some areas of Ocean City that normally are safe for parking vehicles may not be high enough for this storm,” the warning states.

Residents are advised to tell a family member or friend where they plan to relocate. 

The city will open a staging shelter at Ocean City High School after 9 a.m. on Sunday morning, to transport residents to the county shelter at Upper Township Middle School.

The Upper Township Middle School shelter will open after 1 p.m. on Sunday for Ocean City residents with transportation.

Access to Ocean City for those who need to secure properties will be maintained throughout the day on Saturday. Access to Ocean City will be prohibited by 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Check www.ocnj.us and Ocean City’s Government Access Channel 2 for further updates.  

Governor Christie urged all New Jerseyans to monitor the conditions of the storm.

“As we move towards what is an increasingly likelihood of seeing Sandy make landfall in New Jersey, I am urging all New Jerseyans to take every possible and reasonable precaution to ready themselves for the storm’s potential impact. That means having an emergency action plan for their families and other loved ones who may require assistance, and avoiding unnecessary risks in the severe weather, including staying off of the roads,” Christie said. “At the state level, we are taking immediate steps to prepare for the storm’s impact and ensure that state, local and county governments have the tools they need to manage and respond in a coordinated way. With this, government at every level can respond more effectively to conditions on the ground, activate emergency operations plans, and ensure that resources are being marshaled to assist and protect the public through this storm.”
The declaration activates elements of the State Emergency Operations Plan, broadening powers of the New Jersey State Police including traffic control, limiting access and egress from impacted areas and issuing evacuation orders if needed.
All state parks and historic sites will shut down at noon on Sunday for safety reasons due to Hurricane Sandy, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced Saturday.

Persons who are camping now at state facilities across the state are being advised to prepare to leave those sites by mid-day Sunday, and those with reservations for next week are advised that parks may be closed through the entire week.

Persons with reservations will be called by DEP personnel to reschedule their visits to state parks.

After the storm passes through the state, the parks and historic sites will be assessed and re-opened on a case-by-case basis.

Information will be provided at the DEP’s Division of Parks and Forestry web site, at http://www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/. Also on the DEP’s Hurricane Sandy information website, at http://www.nj.gov/dep/special/hurricane-sandy/.

 


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