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Plan to Allow Barrier Island Residents to Retrieve Essential Items In Works

Severe damage to infrastructure makes conditions dangerous, police chief says

UPDATE, 6:20 p.m. Sunday: The Berkeley Township Police Department posted the following on its Facebook page: "The Berkeley Township Office of Emergency Management had hoped to allow residents of the South Seaside Park and Pelican Island section to return temporarily to their homes to gather personal belongings. As of this time we are awaiting permission from the State Police. Further informaton will be posted."

Previously:  Residents who were forced to evacaute from the South Seaside Park section of Berkeley clamored for information on Saturday about when they will be allowed to return to their homes at an emergency meeting of the Township Council.

"We need medications, documents and personal items," Jerry Riccio of 21st Avenue said. "We have to assess the damage to our homes."

But Berkeley Police Chief Karin DiMichele said access to the island will continue to be restricted, due to continuing issues with the road infrastructure on the barrier island. DiMichele, who with Township Mayor Carmen Amato attended a meeting with the police chiefs of other towns on the barrier island, said she understands the concerns of residents who cannot see what has happened to their homes.

After the meeting she announced on the township police department's Facebook page: "A plan to temporarily allow Berkeley residents to return to their homes in South Seaside Park in order to retrieve essential items is currently being formulated."

That plan also includes Pelican Island, it was noted in response to questions posted on the page.

During the council meeting, DiMichele said she understands the concerns of residents who have homes in Pelican Island and South Seaside Park, but the dangers of the situation are significant, she said.

"Route 35 north is gone," she said, and houses are falling into the streets. Because they were forced to completely shut off the natural gas to the island, the gas infrastructure has been destroyed, she said.

"It's going to be months before anyone can live over there again," she said.

DiMichele said details on how residents will be permitted to retrieve items, "when and if it is safe to do so," will be posted on the police department's Facebook page and announced on WOBM-FM 92.7.

IF and WHEN it is safe to do this, the Berkeley Township Office of Emergency Management will announce the specific details. At this time we ask all residents to check this site and listen to 92.7 WOBM for details. Thank you for your patience as we continue to assess the situation.

Cynthia E Miller November 04, 2012 at 03:49 PM
This is for lisa who made a comment on my concern for our home on the barrier islands. i also want to add that we are suffering up here to, and though we are going through trying times w/our home up here, we are still concerned w/our home on the island. I also wanted to add this so you know what we are going through in the northern section of new jersey. we to, where hit badly and we are inland, imagine all the homes that are down up here, even on the other side of the street no power, no nothing. so i just wanted to add this comment also. my concern for the barrier islands homes for those of us who didn't know and know do thanks to the links that have be e-mailed to us now know what we are dealing w/. but we to up here were hit very very hard and in ruble and forget about the gas situtation. that's all i have to say. you have to take care of everyone who is in need and hope you are volunteering in your area or helping your neighbors who are in dier need. please help others.
Chief Wahoo November 04, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Look at the public officials , oh how they love to get their pictures taken !
Amy Kimmich November 04, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Amy Has anyone information on the situation in Barnegat Light? I have a home there and cannot get any information on how much damage there is. Apparently not much but there is little to no information that I can find. Understandable considering all the damage just south but still hoping for some news.
gene smith November 04, 2012 at 05:06 PM
i thought the same thing at first...But then i looked closer. The chief of police is smiling. that woman speaking with her is some sort of council woman or something, i think that was a ceremony from a while back,. "Patch", wrong execution of the right idea.
Cynthia E Miller November 04, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Amy, you are in the same situation but there is a sort of link from a satalite view google earth and hit post hurricane sandy and on the left side type in your area and you will get basically a satilite view and at least an idea of what your home looks like. i will go back and check my e-mails, there was a link that was sent to me, i will get it for you. someone reamed me out for asking about the islands, i guess they don't realize the our homes up here where hit to, no power, no nothing. but we were also concerned about our other home i mean w/o a doubt where in trouble in both homes. so i will reply again and give you that link in the meantime, google earth and type in your area and find your street at least you will know something. i hope this helps for you. Stay safe.
Cynthia E Miller November 04, 2012 at 05:39 PM
http://google.org/crisismap/2012 sandy". this is a link that you can get an arial view. when you go in go to the right of the screen and click on "post hurricane sandy" and then a map will come up and on the left top of the screen type in your town and go from there find your street and you will get a satilite view and at least you will no what you are contending with. i hope this helps and please, be safe out there.
Karen Wall November 04, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Gene, I wasn't able to get a photo of the chief as she was speaking yesterday. I am looking for a better one but there aren't many in our files.
Karen Wall November 04, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Barbara -- Berkeley does not have jurisdiction in Seaside Heights but the meeting yesterday was chiefs from several towns. To all posters, as soon as we can get the details on the plan we will post them here. We have not been allowed on the barrier islands either to report on the situation there.
Karen Wall November 04, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Amy, the Barnegat-Manahawkin Patch is providing information on that area. The Google images after the storm seem to show little damage.
ruby lande November 04, 2012 at 06:50 PM
What about Ortley Beach residents? Has Toms River forgot we pay taxes to them? Why is there no information about Ortley. I have ready about Seaside, Lavalette, and Toms Rivertd this is an outradge. I need information about my home in Ortley beach near the TD Bank, when can I see the damage? When can I go home?
ruby lande November 04, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Need Information from anyone.
Karen Wall November 04, 2012 at 06:56 PM
My understanding is Toms River was part of that meeting as well, Ruby. I don't have the details yet about when people will be able to retrieve belongings, but I will post them when I get them. Access for everyone -- including the media -- has been extremely limited because things are such a mess over there. Route 35 north is destroyed, according to DiMichele. All along it, from the photos I've seen. DiMichele told Berkeley residents they will not be able to go home permanently for at least 6 months.
Cynthia E Miller November 04, 2012 at 06:59 PM
http://google.org/crisismap/2012 sandy" click on the rt side "post hurricane sandy" then map will come up click on upper left side and type in your town, find your street (u have to zoom in and out), but at least you will get an idea of what is going on. thanks to berkley patch who sent me the link was able to see from an arial (satilite view) you will get an idea maybe not of the contents of the house, but if it is still there, but ortley got hit bad. please be safe and I hope everything is okay.
ruby lande November 04, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Thank you for the post, I can't get the page to load, maybe later. Again, Many thanks!
suz November 04, 2012 at 07:44 PM
ruby, go to this website and see if it works for you. http://storms.ngs.noaa.gov/storms/sandy/ Enter your address in the search box...Good Luck!
Chief Wahoo November 04, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Anyone want to have a grown up discussion of property taxes, foreclosures , etc.... For people who can't go back home for 6 months. The problems are just beginning and I don't believe anyone is ready fir what's coming in the very near future.
ruby lande November 04, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Cynthia, Sue, Thank you so much my house is still standing! There is some hope! Bless you both!
Danielle November 04, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Channel six out if Philly. Wpvi .com has aerial views from chopper six. Total devastation in seaside height and ortley
suz November 04, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Oh, that is just wonderful news!
Barnegat Ray November 04, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Llease sign and share the petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/president-barack-obama-governor-chris-christie-let-the-people-of-coastal-nj-into-retrieve-belongings-and-salvage-homes?utm_campaign=share_button_action_box&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=32970416
teatleytea November 04, 2012 at 11:49 PM
What about the people who live over in Chadwick Beach Island? I have been sitting here waiting to hear when I can go over and see what is left of my house that I have lived in for the last 30+ years. I know that there is no way in HELL that I am going to be able to live there without any gas or electric going into the barrier island much less my home but, I would like to be able to go to my home and see what kind of damage that my house sustained and I would also like to be able to go into my home and be able to go and retrieve some of the important papers that I am going to need to file an insurance claim to get my house repaired and so I can go and get some clothing to wear!
suz November 05, 2012 at 12:29 AM
I am sure your heart is in the right place, but I really don't think anyone will be allowed over there until it is safe. I guess we all must be patient.
JDK November 05, 2012 at 03:05 AM
The plan that has surfaced for non-seaside park residents is not reasonable or acceptable. 30 mins by bus and all you can take is 1 trash bag? My parents live there year round- have for 30 years. Who is signing off on this when so many other, elaborate plans exist? Who can we challenge to modify this?
Meg Shelton November 05, 2012 at 03:52 AM
JDK... where did you hear about this plan for non-seaside park residents? We are from Ortley and have not heard anything!!!!
JDK November 05, 2012 at 04:07 AM
It's actually non-SP and possibly non-Ortley- Found this through several FB pages we are following- "Ocean beach sales and rentals' and 'Jersey Shore Point Pleasant to Island Beach State Park'. Good luck.
Patricia Perillo November 05, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Any info about South Lagoon Rd in Normandy Beach, bayside ?? Anything you can tell me is greatly appreciated !!!
suz November 05, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Patricia, go to http://storms.ngs.noaa.gov/storms/sandy/ and type in your address on the top left. Good Luck!
Janet November 06, 2012 at 05:10 PM
My daughter lived on Pelican any word about that.
Ginny Petrino November 07, 2012 at 09:37 PM
There is information out there. Here on the patch, seaside park website, Berkeley twp website, etc. I really think the problem is, people that are upset aren't hearing what they want to hear so they say there is no information. All reports are saying the heights and northward is really really bad. No roads in some places, sink holes, etc. unfortunately, you probably cannot get to your house even if they could let you on. I have house in SSP. I was able to get to see it on Monday. Did get some things out. But you have to understand that the roads are pretty much clear down that way. It's a whole different story. If you are told you can't get to your house, I'm sure it's for your safety. My advice to you if you haven't done so already, is to call your insurance company. You don't have to know exactly what the damage is, just get the ball rolling. Make a list of things you will need to take with you when you are allowed to go and go get them now, I.e. breathing masks, garbage bags, contractor bags, rug knives to remove wet rugs whatever else you can think of. I'm so sorry for all you who have not been to see your house yet, for all of you who have no house to go to. I'm really sorry. I pray that God comforts you and blesses you with all good things. Stay safe. Hey while you're at the store, buy some sun screen as a sign of hope. See you on the beach - we'll be back!!!
Pat Weber November 09, 2012 at 05:16 PM
How will we get info on Ortley??? I too want to see my house and winterize it before there is more damage!!!!!WHEN CAN WE GO TO ORTLEY??!!!!!!!!!

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