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UPDATE: Point Pleasant Boro Orders Mandatory Evacuations

Residents in flood plain must leave by 6 p.m. Saturday

With Hurricane Irene ready to strike, Point Pleasant Boro has orderd a mandatory evacuation for residents who live within the flood plain, officials said late Friday.

Those residents must evacuate by 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Point Boro officials expect the evacuation order will be rescinded Monday morning on a case-by-case basis as the areas are inspected for safety.

Residents can see the mandatory evacuation zones at goo.gl/SFIpf.

The mandatory evacuation will apply to:

  • Delaware Avenue, including Tyler Street, Brown Street, Lister Street, Madison Street, Dallas Street, Wilmington Street and South Richmond Avenue;
  • south of Fay Court and Hance Avenue, including Donna Drive, Wood Wild Drive, Elm Avenue and Partridge Run;
  • areas east of Beaver Dam and south of Bridge Avenue, including areas east of the canal (Lovelandtown, etc.) that are south of Bridge Avenue;
  • areas bound by south of Bennett Avenue and east of Dorsett Dock Road, then -
  • south of Littlehill Road to Wildwood Avenue, then west of Wildwood Avenue up to Honeysuckle Lane; south of Honeysuckle Lane to Northstream Parkway, west of Northstream Parkway to Apple Place, south of Apple Place to Mossbank Road, west of Mossbank Road to Nowatta Avenue, south of Nowatta to Chicopee Avenue, west of Chicopee  to Mattapan Avenue, north of Mattapan to Northstream Parkway, and west of Northstream Parkway to south of Route 88.

Please see goo.gl/SFIpf  for a better visualization of the evacuation areas, borough officials say.

The borough will open Point Pleasant Boro High School as an emergency shelter at noon on Saturday.

Wall Township High School and the Pine Belt Arena (formerly the Ritacco Center) in Toms River are shelters that are accepting pets.

Rumors aside, neither the borough nor the state will close off the Route 88 Bridge or the Bridge Avenue bridge over the Point Pleasant Canal, officials said.

Mayor William Schroeder made the decision in consultation with the Office of Emergency Management, Police Department, Fire Departments, First Aid, Department of Public Works and the Council’s Public Safety Committee.

Bill K August 27, 2011 at 08:30 AM
Well the Weather Channel just said that it is now been downgraded to a cat 1 and by the time it hits Nj it my very well be a tropical storm/ So why is NJ freaking out so much over this . Its going to be alot less damage then we have seen from a Noreaster .Its all about the News networks getting ratings and making money. And in the mean time scaring the shit out of alot of people . Dont get Me wrong Im glad this fizzled out but how much money was spent on this BS ?
Mark August 27, 2011 at 10:37 AM
Bill, Their is a problem with the timing of the tides in the back bay and creeks, and to make things worst we have what we call New Moon which will push the tide up even higher.. yes I also think this is going over board, make it voluntary not mandatory
Mike Ryan PPB August 27, 2011 at 11:01 AM
A tropical storm is still worse than a noreaster. If it was voluntary and someone got hurt, they'd complain that the town wasn't cautious enough.
william schroeder August 27, 2011 at 11:41 AM
Please FLOODING IS NO LESS IMPORTANT. YOU MUST TAKE PRECAUTIONS. A CATEGORY 1 WILL FLOOD OUR LOW LYING AREAS. SOUTH OF BRIDGE AND EAST OF BEAVERDAM.
David Daur August 27, 2011 at 11:51 AM
Listen to you! Who do you think you are, the Mayor???
Jack Warner August 27, 2011 at 12:58 PM
Since Katrina and the political damage inflicted on Bush, a new tenet in the politicians' playbook is, in Reacting to Natural Disasters: Avoid at all costs the charge that you were "not prepared before the fact" or that you "didn't help after the fact" and therefore that people suffered. This rule applies even if (as in Katrina) no amount of forethought or post - disaster help would have had a measureable effect on the consequences of an epic natural disaster. This means that you should go overboard in pre - event precautions, using as your guideline the protection of irresponsible people who are unwilling to take normal precautions, and ignoring the cost or distruption to responsible peoples' lives.
Cynthia O'Riordan August 27, 2011 at 02:21 PM
I am a former PP Boro resident who now lives in SE Florida. It is true that we don't concern ourselves too much with Cat 1 storms; the winds are far less than 100 mph so you will not have the damage we had with Andrew or Wilma. The problem, though, lies with the water it is going to produce. Depending on whether you are east or west of the storm is the difference of a significant amount of water coming your way. The very low lying areas of town will no doubt be flooded and when you combine this with power outages you have a very serious situation. I am sure Bill Schroeder is simply erring on the side of caution. Stay inside - don't be a thrill seeker and you will all come out of this unscathed. Good luck Jersey Shore :)
kearns August 27, 2011 at 03:36 PM
The Politicians always err, whether or not it is on the side caution is a question that can only be answered by what actually happens. Being prepared for the "event", is a good thing. However, at what cost to the already overburdened taxpayers? Overtime , overtime ,overtime!!!!! You actually don't think that our loyal civil servants are volunteering to help the residents of our community in their time of need, do you? I have experienced three very violent Hurricanes while working in a third world nation that lies to the south of us. They are very frightening indeed and the destructuve power of such a storm is mind boggling, but Maybe the powers to be jumped the gun on this one just a little bit. I would also like to thank all the business men in our town who took advantage of the residents of our Community with the price gauging that seemed to be taking place. Not by our Local Small Businessmen , but by the large Corporate Chains. Weren't too many sale items for the past three days as there usually are, just higher prices, or is that my imagination?
Tattoo August 27, 2011 at 03:51 PM
i like it better when the Governor is in Disney World and his shadow is on a cruiseship.....this is a test to see how much government can push the sheep where they want to, when they need to
Robin August 27, 2011 at 03:56 PM
I have just come across this site while doing a little surfing for local community information. I am glad I've found it. I would rather our "leaders" be cautious. Posting the flood zone map was a great idea as well.
Spooner August 27, 2011 at 04:07 PM
...yeah. . .but the map doesn't conform with another map which shows most of the town in a flood zone, including over by Clark's Landing on the Manasquan. . . http://ready.nj.gov/plan/pdf/maps/ocean_slosh.pdf
Shaun O'Rourke August 27, 2011 at 04:17 PM
Oh, stop the argumentative nonsense. Safer is better than "oops" when it comes to geophysical events. If this turns out to be a weaker event, think of this as practice for the big one. And yes, he is the Mayor. Good job, Bill.
Mitch Remig August 27, 2011 at 04:21 PM
Mr. /Ms. Kearns, I am sorry you have this attitude towards our "civil servants" during a storm like this. All you can think about is "the powers that be" and our emergency responders being paid!? You are absolutely entitled to post your opinion, but have some respect for those who stay behind when everyone else is leaving. New Jersey's Governor has issued a State of Emergency and President Obama has announced the Emergency Declaration meaning that a majority of our resources used will be reimbursed by the Federal Government. Just to update you on the situation; we have over 50 volunteers through EMS, Fire Dept., Police Dept, and Emergency Management working through this storm, to keep the residents safe and up-to-date in the Borough of Point Pleasant. Hope you remain safe. I’ll now be off my break in about 5 minutes and back to work with my fellow emergency responders for the next 72+ hours evacuating and rescuing those who may ride out the storm.
Heidi August 27, 2011 at 04:43 PM
Disaster preparedness requires a lot of coordination. Personally, I am impressed with the logical thinking and planning - first our barrier islands were evacuated. This gave those individuals time and access to the limited roads for departure. Then evacuation of areas further inland, but still near water. Closing down certain activities removes the temptation and provides those employees who would have to serve customers of those businesses opportunity to make their own preparations for the storm. We cannot predict the outcome of a storm like this, many variables can change the effect. We can predict human behavior and determine the best course of action for prevention of death and / or putting those in public service in harm's way. Become part of the solution!
s August 27, 2011 at 04:44 PM
I agree that the Mayor is doing a great job and we should focus on making sure that our family and friends stay safe through this storm. Several of my family members have had to leave there homes becasue they live in the beach or low lying areas and they werent thrilled about it but they rather be safe than sorry later.
Aileen August 27, 2011 at 07:15 PM
Need some clarification... On your one map, Cardinal Dr., Balle and Bennett are on mandatory list while your more detailed map shows evacuation stopping on Harbor. We had firetrucks down our street last night but didn't get the "dropped off notices" today. Please advise! Thanks!
Larry Williams August 27, 2011 at 09:34 PM
The evacuation area was adjusted this morning. Cardinal, Balle and Bennett are not on the mandatory evacuation list.
Charlotte August 27, 2011 at 09:49 PM
There are conflicting maps designating the evacuation area. Can ya get on the right page or at least update it so that just ONE map reflects the evac area?
Aileen August 27, 2011 at 09:54 PM
Thank You Larry! Didn't realize there was am update.
mandy_Reeves August 27, 2011 at 10:31 PM
at least PPB was clear on which areas were to be evacuated...Brick Township evacuation instructions are like trying to solve some kind of riddle. They never told us WHICH areas are low lying...most of brick has a river, lake, bay...what have you...if you are in the Mantoloking Road/Osbornville/Drumpoint/Sailors Quay/ Cherry Quay area. That is a lot of streets where the water may or may not get to. At least they could have said..for example....Harvey Ave off Mantoloking and Community Drive or Jib lane in cherry quay...etc. instead of freaking people out and making us guess!

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