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No Voluntary Or Mandatory Evacuations Orders Issued In Berkeley Or Ocean Gate

Residents urged not to drive through flood waters, can park cars at Central Regional High School if necessary

Both Berkeley Township Mayor Carmen F. Amato Jr. and Ocean Gate Mayor Paul Kennedy have held off issuing either voluntary or mandatory evacuations of flood-prone areas in their towns.

"Our Office of Emergency Management is comfortable based on latest information from the National Weather Service not to ask for voluntary evacuations at this time," Amato said shortly after 5 p.m. "We have officers checking the low-lying areas every hour to report the water levels. The next high tide is 6 p.m. We will continue to monitor, and address accordingly."

"We are keeping a close eye on the tidal waters," Kennedy said.

But Amato recommends that residents in live in low-lying areas move their cars to higher ground and avoid driving on flooded streets. Residents can use the lower parking lot at Central Regional High School off Forest Hills Parkway in Bayville to park their cars if need be, he said.

The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood warning for high tides early this evening and tomorrow morning. Widespread minor tidal flooding is expected tonight; widespread moderate flooding is expected tomorrow morning.

Superstorm Sandy hammered the Glen Cove, Good Luck Point and Toms River Shores sections of Berkeley and areas of Ocean Gate on Oct. 29. Many residents in those areas are still unable to return to their homes.

The National Weather Service also issued a winter storm warning. Here's what you can expect tonight and tomorrow:

  • Tonight: Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 10 p.m. The rain and snow could be heavy at times. Low around 26. Windy, with a north wind 23 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.New snow accumulation of one to three inches is possible possible.
  • Saturday: A chance of snow showers, mainly before 9 a.m. Cloudy through mid-morning, then gradual clearing.
Ocean Gate Crab February 08, 2013 at 10:43 PM
Mayor Kennedy, Please check out the end of Asbury Ave. Sandy broke the storm sewer pipe. It clogs with sand and prevents rain water from emptying into the bay. The streets flood. Homes in that area are in danger of flooding every time it rains. I and some others have dug the pipe out a few times. It helps but will last only a day. An Ocean Co. crew came out once and did something but it didn't last for more than a few days. As of about 10 a.m. today the street was flooded and we had almost no rain by that time.
foggyworld February 09, 2013 at 01:39 AM
Mayor Amato, Please check all of Good Luck and Pier Drive. The storm pipes have never worked well and parts of those street flood all of the time. Nothing urgent but if folks are fixing things, there are two spots here that have needed attention for years Many thanks.

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