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UPDATE: Toms River HS North Adds Beds to Shelter, HS East Opening Shelter at 9 a.m.

Non-Toms River residents can still proceed to Pinelands Regional shelter

Update: At 10:13 p.m., TRHSN has added more beds. Toms River Office of Emergency Management will open a second shelter at TRHS East until 9 a.m. Monday. Residents are being directed to HS North until the second shelter opens.

The original article has been edited to reflect the change:

A regional hurricane shelter at Toms River High School North's Pine Belt Arena is near capacity Sunday night. Toms River High School East will open at 9 a.m. Monday Oct. 29.

Previously, TROEM announced Toms River High School East was to open and accept residents. Toms River OEM Director Paul Daley said for the time being, Toms River North is still accepting evacuees and Toms River East will hold off opening as a shelter Sunday night.

At 9 a.m. Monday, Toms River High School East will open and is scheduled to have around 250 beds available, said Toms River Regional Schools spokesperson Tammi Millar.

Toms River High School East is at 1225 Raider Way, Toms River, 08753.

The Pine Belt Arena has more than 250 evacuees using the site on Old Freehold Road in Toms River.

Daley said Toms River High School East has limited resources and should it open as a shelter would accept Toms River residents. 

For Hurricane Irene, Toms River North and East opened, and then a third shelter was used at Toms River Intermediate North as the storm heightened last year.

Evacuees from outside the area can still go to Pinelands Regional, another regional Hurricane Sandy shelter in Ocean County.

Bus service from Ortley Beach A&P is expected to resume tomorrow. The barrier island communities are under a 4 p.m. evacuation order for Sunday, Oct. 28.

A series of closures and cancellations for Toms River have been announced, here.

Toms River has activated its Hurricane Emergency Hotline for 4 p.m. Sunday and onward: 732-818-9901.


YellowBird October 29, 2012 at 06:44 AM
@ 1st ^ ^ ^ ur 100% right on that.. & I can almost bet'cha that Mr R down here ... is nice -n toasty. No worries for him. True concerned people would GO THERE in person & pick em up..give em a ride to safety..Oh NO wait..that might mean getting the Benz or caddy all dirtied up. My bad !
barbara October 29, 2012 at 01:04 PM
glad you offered them your temple, surprised the reverend did not get back to you. hope they are safe. hopefully, they will take you up on your offer.
NJSocWkr October 29, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Thank you. From all the judgmental comments on the page, no one said thank you to you and your temple for the work you did on behalf of those residents.
Dana Newton October 29, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Is High School East still open?
Lori Brown October 31, 2012 at 02:38 PM
My comment didn't post, gonna try again, so if it is a duplicate, I apologize. SIs and family live on Vaughn Ave, in Toms River. Is high school east opened? If so, can people go to just charge their phones? If not, is there anywhere they can go to charge their phones? Any info is greatly appreciated!

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