UPDATE: Point Beach, Bay Head Blocked Off; Severe Flooding On Streets
No traffic allowed on many streets
Point Pleasant Beach and Bay Head are telling residents and visitors to get out.
Point Beach has issued a mandatory evacuation order for all residents east of the railroad tracks, as well as those within 500 feet of Manasquan River.
All other residents west of the railroad tracks should evacuate, but voluntarily. All residents should be finalizing their plans for securing their properties and evacuating, borough officials said.
Bay Head emergency management officials also announced that Route 35 and Bridge Avenue are closed in the borough. No cars are permitted to enter Bay Head.
"We are experiencing major flooding on most streets," said Kelley Mickle, deputy emergency management coordinator in Bay Head.
In Point Beach, the Boardwalk and inlet areas are closed to everyone. "No exceptions," according to Kyle Grace, deputy emergency management coordinator for the Point Pleasant Beach Police Department, on the borough's website.
All residents east of the railroad tracks should have already moved their vehicles west of the railroad tracks - either to the River Avenue, Cramer Avenue or the Bay Avenue lots, borough officials said.
The private parking lot at 815 Arnold Avenue can also be used.
The Ocean County Office of Emergency Management has set up
regional Red Cross shelters at Colts Neck High School, Five Points Road; Holmdel High School at 36 Crawford Corner Road, Holmdel; and Southern Regional High School (105 Cedar Bridge Rd., Manahawkin.
Although shelters will be made available, residents are encouraged to find alternative protection with friends or family, officials said.
Residents are reminded that they should bring with them any food, water or medication that they may need. These shelters should be considered a last resort, Point Beach officials said.
"We are requesting that individuals do not attempt to come into Point Pleasant Beach for the purpose of storm watching as you will not be permitted," borough officials said.
All violators could be subject to arrest.
Also, as of 12 p.m. on Saturday, all liquor sales - both retail and consumption - have been be suspended within Point Beach until 2 a.m. on Monday.
There will be no garbage or recycling pick-up in Point Pleasant Beach on either Sunday, Aug. 28, or Monday, Aug. 29.
Additionally, the Point Pleasant Beach Municipal Court has canceled the court session for Monday, August 29.