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UPDATE: Ocean Has Breached In LBI, Meeting Boulevard

Police: LBI Conditions "Deteriorating"

As of about 9 a.m. today, the Harvey Cedars Office of Emergency Management has asked all residents who are remaining in the area to report to High Point Firehouse "to be transported off the island immediately," due to "rapidly deteriorating" conditions. 

Sections of Long Beach Island and Stafford were seeing sustained winds around 35 miles per hour as of 7:30 a.m. this morning and pockets of flooding, according to police.

On their Facebook page, Harvey Cedars police wrote: "we are experiencing areas where the ocean has breached over and has met the Boulevard." 

Eyewitnesses noted this morning that back bay flooding is high in certain areas of the island, and that the ocean has breached the dunes in certain areas of Loveladies and North Beach.

In a press release from Stafford Police, Lt. Tom Dellane reported that "numerous roads in the Cedar Bonnet Island, Mud City, Mallard Island and Beach Haven West sections of town are currently flooded and impassable. Emergency workers are currently providing evacuation assistance in these areas to residents who are impacted by the flooding." Police are asking residents to stay off roadways to allow emergency workers access to affected areas.

Ocean City already has surpassed Hurricane Irene in terms of water level. Recent readings are at 5.1 feet at the Bayside Center, and Irene's top tide was about 4.5 feet.

Harvey Cedars Chief Thomas Preiser and Coast Guard Barnegat Light Jay O. Greiner told Patch they are mostly concerned about Monday, around 8 p.m., when the high tide is expected, along with steady, strong winds.

Preiser said that there have been pockets of flooding reported throughout the island, including the main circle that serves as the entrance to Long Beach Island. The eastbound lane has been shut down to oncoming traffic, but the westbound lane to the Causeway bridge was still passable around 6 p.m. Sunday, Preiser said.

Erick October 30, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Any info at 67 Harold Lane BHW?
TJones October 30, 2012 at 01:22 PM
have you heard anything? Wondering about my grandma's house on Willard too!
Georgie Jackson October 30, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Thanks for the news from LBI. I write from NC, but have had 2 relatives who lived permanently in Ship Bottom (17th & Bay Terrace/1602 Barneget Ave.) for many years. Sandy sounds like she was worse than the March 1962 storm. My poor beloved LBI!
MarLou October 30, 2012 at 02:09 PM
I have a house in Harvey Cedars. I have not heard any update since learning the island was evacuated and the island is flooded. the ocean breached to the blvd. will update when I know and after I can drive down there to check myself.
KJ October 30, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Has anyone heard anything about the Holgate area...
Dianna Ivanov October 30, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I too am looking for any info on Sailboat lane (I believe the # is 121 Sailboat lane) the second house on the left , right on the water? It's my aunts house, I'm very concerned. Also has anyone heard about inland right off Rt 72 west-The community called Brighton at Barnegat? My mother is elderly, alone and I haven't been able to contact her via home phone or cell phone? Thanks
Susan Van Poznak October 30, 2012 at 05:13 PM
I've seen Viking Village, the bay side of Barnegate Light. How has the ocean side of Barnegate Light fared? We have a home there and have no information.
rmw52 October 30, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Saw this video on youtube.com: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_A2oI02YCE
karen October 30, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Does any one know about 22 West 97 St Beach Haven Park ---- new construction 2012 - do you know if they held up?
rmw52 October 30, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Anything on Peter Road, Manahawkin in the Coves?
Cynthia Welty October 30, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Does any one know anything about Gregg Drive in Beach Haven West, is it flooded?
Alice October 30, 2012 at 06:38 PM
has anyone info on Harvey Cedars, specifically homes off Essex on bay side?
priscilla quinn October 30, 2012 at 06:40 PM
have a house on e virginia and the blvd anybody heard anything please let me no thanks god bless
karen October 30, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Has any one been able to get on to the island yet?
Melissa Sue October 30, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Any info on Holgate?
Maryann October 30, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Any news on the 1900 block of Mill Creek Road in Manahawkin?
Shannon Nelson October 30, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Any news about Harvey Cedars, bay side? More specifically Kinsey Lane? Any info would be appreciated.
Sal Sorce October 31, 2012 at 12:57 AM
The ocean cut through Harvey Cedars during the famous 60's hurricane ... heard that southern area of LBI got hit hard with beach dune homes hit the most ... not sure if the word is true but some are gone ... a clean up for us all ... no one answering calls except for Stafford who indicated that no one is allowed back on the island not even the police ... downed trees all over the place in Stafford developments ... Hilliard Blvd. the short cut to the island was blocked with huge downed trees ... as usual several sped passed me ... not heeding my flashing lights ... it was dark and I almost hit a huge tree with a larger downed tree past Beach ... oh well the clowns are surely due to make their appearance?
Tom mama October 31, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Anyone know about north beach by Roxie between the bay and the beach?
John Schauder October 31, 2012 at 03:21 AM
any info on holgate(south end) of the island scott dr.area?
jeanne russell October 31, 2012 at 07:44 AM
Hoping someone has information on how the Bay Avenue area in Manahawkin fared. All phones are out of service and I can't get through to relatives.
Renzo c October 31, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Any word when the island re opens?
MarLou October 31, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Last night on the news they said no sooner than Saturday. The island is covered in deep sand.
Deborah Goldman October 31, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Our house is at the beach on 111th street - North Carolina Ave. in Haven Beach. Does anyone know how the beachfront made out there? We are hearing a lot of rumors - may have some news from someone who is helping out there. Will pass it along.
Ellen Schrettner October 31, 2012 at 06:12 PM
does anyone know when we can back into beach haven west?
rmw52 October 31, 2012 at 10:03 PM
My husband and son got into the Coves section of BHW yesterday. They could go up to Peter Rd. off Newell. There were two policeman posted after Peter Rd.
Peter Cowles October 31, 2012 at 10:35 PM
DAVID COWLES Where are you. Bro.
George Mushett November 01, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Susan, Have you gotten any more info ? My deceased parents lived on 9th St. by the ballfield.I am retired military, living in Va. Many happy memories of B.L.
Stacy Coffman November 02, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Any info on tennesee ave. in beach haven?
bruce w November 02, 2012 at 02:18 AM
There was a time when I was a kid and short wave hams were geeks sitting in basements and attics reporting first hand on disasters when we would know more about this kind of thing. We're now so dependent on internet and cell that we miss the opportunity to get real disaster news about people.

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