More Than 40,000 Without Power In LBI, Manahawkin, Barnegat

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More than 40,000 are without power in Barnegat, Manahawkin and Long Beach Island Tuesday as the region begins the long cleanup after getting directly hit by Hurricane Sandy.

This morning, sustained winds had dropped to around 20 miles per hour, and emergency managment officials were hopeful that Long Beach Island would not suffer more damage.

Harvey Cedars Police Chief Tom Preiser told Patch: "things are really calm right now, we're hoping that hints at better things for high tide."

Preiser relocated to an emergency operations center in Stafford by early this evening, noting "by 5 p.m., our evacuation was pretty well completed. Nobody was waiting to come over."

He said rescue operations had been suspended for the night, and suggested that the few holdouts that stayed behind "stay put till morning, and get to high ground."

"Get to the highest point possible," Christie said. "I'm very disappointed some decided to disobey my order and in government officials who told them to directly disobey my orders. It's going to cost people over the next several hours."

He reiterated to those watching him Monday night to "please stay home."

"Stay safe, keep your children close, and we will continue to work hard to make sure as many people in New Jersey are safe."

Preiser noted that there was still a few cots available at the Southern Regional evacuation center, which had a capacity of 320 people.

Preiser noted that evacuees may have to stay put for at least another day, as the "streets are still full of water," throughout Long Beach Island. He also noted that a "couple of [electrical] poles snapped at the North end of the island," which meant certain areas, although not all, of the island, were without power.

He also noted widespread debris and sand in the streets.

At the tip of Long Beach Island, ocean waters may be beginning to meet bay waters, as police, working with the National Guard, scramble to evacuate holdouts off the island.

Long Beach Township Police Chief Anthony Deely told Patch that there are several "pick up" points along the island for people wanting to evacuate, including High Point Volunteer Fire Company, Ship Bottom Police Department, Long Beach Township Police Department, and Engleside Avenue in Beach Haven.

As of this afternoon, more than 100 people have been helped to the pick up points, where they are then transported by National Guard vehicles and busses over the bridge to the Southern Regional evacuation center. He advised people to call for assistance. 

"If you are on the island and cannot get to a pick up point, please stay where you are, call the police department, and give us details of where you are, who is there, how many, and give us a contact number." Deely said. 

Deely said emergency crews were trying to capitalize on a "limited window" of a "low tide" this afternoon to evacuate more people off the island - although today's low tide was as high as a regular high tide for LBI.

Asked by a Patch reporter whether the ocean has met the bay at any point on the island, he said: "I would say that's a true statement," noting reports of such activity in Holgate. He then confirmed one report that the ocean had breached the dunes in certain parts of the township, but added, "we can't control the rumor mill at this point, all we're worried about is making people safe."

Across the Causeway bridge, Lt. Thomas Dellane told Patch the Southern evacuation center was expecting about another 100 people from the island this afternoon.

Stafford police are conducting rescues by boats only in areas like Mud City, Cedar Bonnet Island, and Beach Haven West since these areas are flooded. He said the Township has made about 45 rescues today. 

Anyone in need of assistance in evacuating in Stafford should call 609-597-8581.

About this column: News and essential information about Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey.

B foley October 30, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Anyone know the situation at Presidential Estates on Rt 72?
Anna May October 30, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Can someone please post pictures of beach haven west, especially the east point section. Wondering how bad a hit my house took on Mill Creek Rd.
teresa teetsel October 30, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Anyone on msllard ilsland hsve pictures to upload. Especially of west msllard drive across from hance and smthe
Merilee Monroe. October 30, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Praying for LBI in Ky. Spent a weet at Barnegat Light this summer and LOVED it.
Sandy October 30, 2012 at 06:35 PM
I need to know if my mother is okay. I cannot contact her. She did NOT evacuate and she is right off of Fisher. Does anyone know the conditions of that area? She is on the lagoon. TEXT: 410-917-1711. I am very worried and may be driving up there to check on her. I am in Maryland.
Maria pavoni October 30, 2012 at 08:16 PM
You can drive past jenny drive on rr 72 in mannahawkin beach haven west. My parents house is on a lagoon on Paul blvd and grandmothers hous is on Morris blvd its so flooded they are evacuating people on little blow up boats . Thy won't let you drive in. If you still can't contact her you need to call 609-597-8581 and ask them if thy picked her up if they didn't u have to give them her exact location they will rescue her during low tide. More flooding will happen tonight during high tide my parents dock is gone boat is gone with the trailer and all and my grandad house is under water both on lagoons
Maria pavoni October 30, 2012 at 08:17 PM
You can't drive past jenny drive sorry about the typo iPhone correction messe it up.
Deborah Goldman October 30, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Anyone know what has happened on LBI - Beach Haven - Brant Beach?? Thanks
Sally Stark October 30, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Does anyone have any information on 12515 Beach Avenue and Marine Lane in "The Dunes", Beach Haven Terrace? My family used to live there from 1966-1973.
ed o'toole October 30, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Does anyone know about Paul Jones Drive in Brick? Thanks.
kim October 31, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Many tears being shed for LBI that my life is based on. Jp
k lind October 31, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Any update on the east point section? Can you get in? Was it under water esp Benjamin blvd. Thanks
suz October 31, 2012 at 01:26 AM
From what I have heard, all of LBI was underwater at one point. Some worse than other areas. The bay side seem to be more flooded. Sorry...its just horrible.
Paul Tate October 31, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Any info on area of Bay Ave. and Heron Rd. area ?
Tom Kukla October 31, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Anyone needing immediate clean up or construction repairs please call NJ Handyman Service at 201-350-2119 or email njhandymanservice@yahoo.com
Tom Kukla October 31, 2012 at 03:17 AM
BEACH HAVEN WEST received 5 feet of water over the bulkhead as far back as Rona La. My father in laws house on Rona was destroyed by water. Everything in the house was moved and the fridge was lying on its back which was fully loaded. Now that took a lot of power. Anyone needing help with clean up or construction repairs please call Nj Handyman Service 201-350-2119
Beth Eyrich October 31, 2012 at 04:52 AM
How did the light house do old barny??
Eileen Gagliano October 31, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Looking for Karen DeCicco in Barnegat? Marine Moms are worried.
Diana. Aldrich October 31, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Anyone know the conditions on N. Lakeshore drive on Deere lake in Manahawkin?
Paul Tate October 31, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Mud beach area ?
Luly October 31, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Is southern open for classes
Luly October 31, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Oceans res still no power since Monday afternoon
k lind October 31, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Just.heard that mill creek road closed indefinitely to even walking. Anyone know how high water got in east pointe sec. Woman would.not say.
chris November 01, 2012 at 12:12 AM
great photo link of beach haven http://www.flickr.com/photos/phimig/sets/72157631894810858/
john hutnick November 01, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Johns Handyman Service can help with storm water damage and mold removal call 609-713-6358 god bless and stay safe
Paul & Terry November 01, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Does anyone know how The Causeway Marina made out, between Long Beach Island and Manahawkin. We have people we care about there. Can't get in touch with anyone.
Pete c. November 01, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Anyone know the status of Millcreek Road 1100 Block
Pete c. November 01, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Also how did the homes on Harry drive hold up? Mainly the 100-125 block Thank, be safe all
Carol November 02, 2012 at 03:51 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone at LBI. It is my "home away from home" for a week every September, and I love it and the people so very much. With their spirit and tenacity, I know they will come back better than ever.
Peri Nadella November 02, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Family in Barnegat, Doris Court, , Kelli & John Janowski any news would be helpful! Our prayers are with you all!


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