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Point Beach Residents Urged to Begin Evacuations

Voluntary now, they may become mandatory on Friday

Point Beach residents who have family or friends to stay with are being urged to begin evacuations now, borough officials said Thursday.

"A mandatory evacuation may be issued tomorrow if the current track of Hurricane Irene does not change," said Kyle Grace, the borough's emergency management coordinator.

All vacationers are under a mandatory evacuation order now, Grace said.

Updates will be broadcast on 1630 AM, radio station WQFG844, owned and operated by the Point Pleasant Beach Office of Emergency Management. Mantoloking and Bay Head residents may find the updates useful as well, Grace said.

All residents who live east of St. Louis Avenue should be prepared to move their vehicles to higher ground, should flooding get bad. The following parking lots have been approved as lots were residents can park their vehicles: River Avenue lot, Arnold Avenue lot by Cramer Avenue and the Bay Avenue lot, Grace said. All residents are reminded to secure loose property to prevent it from blowing around during the storm, he said.

If a mandatory evacuation order is issued on Friday, borough personnel will be going door to door notifying residents as well, Grace said.

lucy August 26, 2011 at 01:18 AM
hopefully with the current rise in crime, a katrina looting situation does not occur in ppb.
C August 26, 2011 at 01:30 AM
Everyone should evacuate the area if they have relatives or friends in safer areas just to be safe than sorry. If it doesn't pan out to be anything like they predict, then you just had a nice visit with relatives or friends. If everyone uses common sense & doesn't panic, we'll be fine. Be safe everyone.
sandinmytoes August 26, 2011 at 04:24 AM
Lucy, this type of post really isn't helpful at a time like this. People should not think twice about whether to leave their homes for their own safety. Things can always be replaced.
Spooner August 26, 2011 at 05:08 AM
At 11PM the center of the storm is back on track to run up the the Jersey coast just West of Barnegat Bay or along the GSP, putting barrier islands and coastal towns directly in it's path . . . http://www.stormpulse.com/atlantic
Charles Clark August 26, 2011 at 12:57 PM
Batten down the hatches if you are staying. Everyone should evacuate if they feel uncomfortable or uneasy. Stay say all, stuff can be replaced.
Charles Clark August 27, 2011 at 02:39 AM
error ***** Stay safe all!! Stuff can be replaced you can't.

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