Up to 500 in county shelters; flooding reported

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ATLANTIC COUNTY --Approximately 400 to 500 people are currently housed in five shelters in Atlantic County and the county remains under a state of emergency with a countywide travel ban in effect, according to a storm update posted by county officials at 7 a.m. this morning (Monday, Oct. 29). Travel is restricted to public safety and emergency management personnel only until further notice.

Conditions continue to deteriorate with the approach of Hurricane Sandy. Moderate to severe coastal flooding is expected and will be intensified by the astronomical tides. The first high tide is 7:41 a.m. this morning.

Water is pooling on roadways and wet leaves make roadways slick. Traffic diversion equipment (cones, barrels, etc.) will not be used out of concern that they may become projectiles.

Flooding has been reported on Route 40 (Black Horse Pike), West Atlantic City, Routes 30 and 9 in Absecon, Route 559 at Woodlawn in Somers Point, Route 322 and Cologne in Hamilton Township, Danenhere Lane in Hamilton Township, and Park Road and Tunney Road in Mays Landing.

The shelter at the Buena Middle School is full.

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