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Relocation Urged in Brick Ahead of Looming Nor'Easter; 'Washover' of Beaches Possible

Barrier island residents, those in low-lying areas urged to relocate; four foot high tide possible in storm

Brick Township officials are urging residents in the township's barrier island neighborhoods as well as those in low-lying mainland neighborhoods to relocate a day before a power nor'easter is forecast to strike the Shore area.

Brick Police Sgt. Keith Reinhard said the warning was issued jointly by Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis and Police Chief Nils R. Bergquist.

The request "strongly encourages" residents in flood-prone areas to "relocate or take the appropriate action for their safety."

Reinhard said the National Weather Service has predicted heavy surf and moderate to major beach erosion, as well as high tides that will run up to two feet above normal Wednesday and four feet above normal Thursday.

"This will flood the streets in areas normally prone to coastal flooding," said Reinhard. "Residents with vehicles in these areas are strongly encouraged to move them to a safe location."

A "complete washover" of township ocean beaches is possible Wednesday night, said Reinhard.

To help prevent that from happening, crews were buildings berms along all of Brick's beaches Tuesday, Acropolis said.

High tides on the ocean in the Brick area will occur at: 2:02 a.m. and 2:37 p.m. Wednesday; and 3:10 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Thursday.

High tides at the Mantoloking Bridge in Barnegat Bay will occur at: 6:51 a.m. and 7:26 p.m. Wednesday; and 7:58 a.m. and 8:33 p.m. Thursday.

Mantoloking officials said Tuesday that they were not anticipating any evacuations would be necessary. About six residents have returned to the small borough, which was pummeled by Superstorm Sandy in October.

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