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Residents East of Bayview Avenue Told to Evacuate Again

Flooding is possible from oncoming nor'easter, officials say

Berkeley Township police have issued an evacuation order for all residents who live east of Bayview Avenue.

The notice posted on the police department's Facebook page reads:

"The Berkeley Township OEM (Office of Emergency Management) is advising that due to the impending Nor'Easter storm, a mandatory evacuation for homes east of Bayview Avenue has been ordered."

"High winds and flooding to areas already hit by Hurricane Sandy are expected. Residents can use the shelter at Central Regional High School for assistance and supplies."

At Saturday's emergency meeting of the Township Council, Police Chief Karin DiMichele and Mayor Carmen Amato urged residents to heed any evacuation warnings.

"We do not issue these warnings lightly," she said on Saturday, noting at that point that mandatory evacuations had only been ordered twice in 20 years.

When Hurricane Sandy struck, flood waters rose 6 feet in 45 minutes, Amato said. A number of residents had to be rescued from attics and higher floors of their homes as a result, he said.

"When we put out a mandatory evacuation order, we need your help," DiMichele said. "Please cooperate, for everyone's safety."

John Anderson November 06, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Do not leave your homes! They will not allow you back! Please listen to us. We are now homeless even though our houses are fine in South Seaside Park. I repeat do not leave your homes!
muchluv November 06, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Only a moron would urge people to stay. If they stay they could get hurt. Grow up and realize the magnatude of the situation b4 u give someone advise that leads to their death. Sorry u cant get back to your home but there are many like you that understand why u cant go back yet. Moron
beachbumob November 06, 2012 at 07:52 PM
They'll only force you out anyway. Staying through the storm is not an option. They are two totally separate issues. Keeping us out now isn't right, but staying through the storm is just stupid...
Hurlster November 06, 2012 at 08:48 PM
How can you tell me I have to evacuate when I can look out my window at a home that does not have to evacuate. I think common sense should prevail here. My garage floor is 10&1/2 feet above sea level. It did not flood during Sandy. So how can you tell me that it will flood now. But then house across the street is ok.
Nick November 07, 2012 at 01:47 PM
John, log onto the Ocean County police blotter for November 6th. Sign on with Facebook and you will finally be able to see accurate aerial photos of Seaside Park and Seaside Heights. They will take your breath away as finally you and I and every other homeowner have clear proof that the roads are clear and 99% of the homes in both the PARK AND THE HEIGHTS are completely intact. You will have to go through each thumbnail print as they are not marked but look for the boardwalk aerial photo and 8-9 photos will follow. And John, as for the people who make the smarmy, sanctimonius pompous comments, I assure you that they have not been affected in the way that we have. They are people who are filled with their own sense of self-importance and their need to be heard, passing judgement on a situation that they can't comprehend because they are not the ones being banned from their homes. I hope you are at the meeting tonight in Toms River.
Nick November 07, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Muchluv as a moniker for you to have is ridiculous. You pass judgement, call people morons, tell people to grow up. But what I find most offensive about you is that it is transparently clear you are not someone who is being kept from your home. People like you always squawk the loudest and you're the least affected.
angel November 07, 2012 at 02:59 PM
East of Bayview?? I thought NOONE COULD STAY EAST OF BAYVIEW?? Was that a lie?? I want to go home. How do I get in??
John Anderson November 07, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Nick, Thank you. I have heard from those on the ground in Seaside Park and South Seaside Park that it is ludcruius we are not allowed back in. Please call the Governor's office and ask for him to reassess the situation for Seaside Park and South Seaside Park. 609 292 6000. The line may be busy but keep trying!
Nick November 07, 2012 at 03:35 PM
John, I have contacted an attorney based in Red Bank and he has expressed interest in determining if a class action suit can be filed. He has asked me to document and chronicalize, in detail, the events beginning the first day of the storm. I will also make sure that my documentation can be substantiated. He has asked me to provide a show of suppoprt from anyone who is on board with us by requesting that people e-mail me that they are interested. John, we all have to take a stand so I hope you can get this out there to anyone it applies to. I am also sending those photos to every major newspaper and television station in the hopes that someone cares and is interested in the story that is bigger than Hurricane Sandy itself. The story that exposes the truth.

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