: Mandatory Evacuation Ordered on Long Beach Island at the Jersey Shore!

Mandatory Evacuation Ordered on Long Beach Island at the Jersey Shore!

Mandatory Evacuation Ordered on Long Beach Island at the Jersey Shore!

Barnegat Light House, LBIOcean County emergency officials have ordered a mandatory evacuation of Long Beach Island at the Jersey Shore.  The evacuation orders take effect at 8am Friday.  Those evacuation plans followed Gov. Chris Christie declaration of a state of emergency in New Jersey earlier today.

As a barrier island, LBI is susceptible to the high winds of the hurricane, as well as the unusually high tides expected. 

Officials are not taking Hurricane Irene lightly.  And they're not only concerned with our coastline. 

New Jersey’s statewide average for rainfall this month is already more than double what it typically is, while some towns in the state appear to have already tripled their average August rainfall.

Climatologists say as a result the soil is already fairly saturated and river levels above average.  That makes it easier for trees to be uprooted by high winds. In south Jersey's Cumberland County, among the hardest hit by August rains, several dams failed during a storm two weeks ago, causing millions in damage and road that are still flooded.

Police and emergency officials on LBI say residents should secure loose items around their homes, such as outdoor furniture, grills and other equipment, that may be blown about by the wind or floated on flood tides and cause damage to other homes before they evacuate.  

Long Beach Island, NJMore information on the Long Beach Island evacuation order will be broadcast on local cable television channels 22 and 39, and streamed on the island's tourism information radio, Long Beach Island Information Radio at 1650 on the AM dial.  Check out the New Jersey Office of  Emergency Management.


Comment balloon 6 commentsLaura Giannotta • August 25 2011 05:59PM


Laura - As a Florida resident who has gone through this - some advice (I may blog about this).  Get accomodations and carriers for your pets. Get any meds you need for them now if you are driving away to evacuate, including tranquilizers. My thoughts and prayers are with you and everyone on the East Coast.

Posted by Wendy Rulnick, "It's Wendy... It's Sold!" (Rulnick Realty, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Hold on to your hats it is going to get windy!  I hope people head the warnings.  Let us know how you fairand be safe!!!!

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 7 years ago


My prayers are with you and the hurricane making a hard right hand turn.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 7 years ago

Laura, Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Irene's path!  Be safe!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 7 years ago

Looks like you are in that "bullseye" area...You are in our thoughts and prayers Laura, stay safe.

Posted by Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group, Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate (Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates) over 7 years ago

Laura - I am sending my thoughts and prayers to all living along the Eastern Seaboard.  I'm with Lou. . .I hope Irene makes a hard right hand turn!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 7 years ago