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Brick Begins to Flood; Few Stay Behind in Barrier Island Section

Mayor: high tide later could be the worst part of the storm

Areas of Brick Township began to flood early afternoon Monday, as Hurricane Sandy took aim at the Jersey Shore and brought initial bands of rain and high winds with her.

The township is under a local state of emergency that bans vehicular traffic on roadways.

Jersey Central Power and Light reported 892 customers without power in Brick as of 1:45 p.m., and emergency scanner chatter indicated power lines were coming down at a fast pace in various parts of the township. Scanner chatter also indicated a tree had fallen onto a home on Manchester Drive, causing a fire in the residence.

Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis said the protective dune erected at Brick Beach I had been completely destroyed, but a similar dune at Brick Beach III was holding up. The ocean had not met the bay, though there had been a small breach of the ocean dune in nearby Lavallette.

About 20 families had decided to stay in the township's barrier island section, Acropolis said.

The vast majority heeded the order to evacuate.

"My biggest fear now is the slow rise of water that's going to flood out areas where people are not used to having floods," said Acropolis, adding the evening high tide tonight could be the worst period of time in terms of flooding.

Various areas of the township flooded, including sections near the Manasquan River in Herbertsville. The River Rock bar and restaurant was surrounded by water by late morning.

Residents seeking to evacuate were being urged to call the township's storm call center at 732-262-1234.

Acropolis said residents wishing to evacuate may be brought by bus to staging areas, after which a more permanent shelter would be arranged.

KC October 29, 2012 at 06:52 PM
As of this AM according to the town's own website there WHERE NO designated shelters in Brick. People were instructed to go toToms River or Little Egg.
LOCALS ONLY October 29, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Sandy can take Marina Grill! Place sucks and the owner is a creep.
Ray Hernandez October 29, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Power out midstreams 3:30pm
Brick85 October 29, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Trees down on Greenwood lane. Road closed.
WMS826 October 29, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Why would you stay on the island. What if a boat slams your house or it catches fire.
Tara DiFrancesco October 29, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Everyone stay safe
john talty October 29, 2012 at 09:28 PM
stay off Forge pond road as some power lines are down.
Ann Schulz October 30, 2012 at 01:05 AM
That's my car :-(
Rob Bracken October 30, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Anyone know the status of Cedarcroft North or Raleigh Rd
Kevin Brennan October 30, 2012 at 05:01 AM
The status of shore acres?
Rich G October 30, 2012 at 12:08 PM
The help line told me there was 4 feet of water in Shore Acres.
Patty October 30, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Has anyone heard anything about homes on Perry Drive in Shore Acres?
Catherine Ottilio-Maggio, Esq., November 09, 2012 at 09:22 PM
We hope and pray for the best... for all....

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