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Brick Neighborhoods Asked to Evacuate

Barrier island, low-lying neighborhoods will be most affected by Hurricane Irene

The Brick Township Police Department has asked residents in certain neighborhoods to evacuate beginning Friday morning as Hurricane Irene approaches.

"We strongly encourage residents of the barrier island to evacuate by midday on Friday, August 26," said Capt. John Rein in an e-mail. "Residents of low-lying neighborhoods and areas that are prone to flooding are also encouraged to evacuate well in advance of the storm. Failure to do so could place you at higher risk as emergency personnel may not be able to reach you as well as putting emergency personnel at greater risk in their effort to reach you."

Officials have yet to determine if a mandatory evacuation will be needed at some point. Brick is currently , meaning hurricane conditions could be felt within 48 hours.

Rein said the Ocean County Office of Emergency Management is in the process of establishing regional shelters and the department will list those locations when they are made available. Brick Patch will also list those locations.

Rein said residents should prepare for the storm by securing loose items outdoors, ensuring that they have a supply of water and non-perishable foods, making sure they have necessary medications, checking on flashlights and batteries and making sure all vehicles are fueled and that everyone has cash on hand.

The township's Office of Emergency Management will continue updating residents throughout the weekend, Rein said. Residents should also monitor local media outlets, Comcast Channel 20 and the Brick Township Facebook page for continuing updates on the storm.

For calls in reference to evacuations, shelters or other municipal services, residents can call the Township Emergency Call Center at 732-262-1234. For emergencies, Rein said to dial 911.

Brick Prick August 26, 2011 at 11:36 AM
lololol !!! Another reason to stay....
yeah, okay August 26, 2011 at 11:39 AM
To be on the safe side, I would ignore that station. They only thing NJ 101.5 is good for is traffic reports.
Eternal August 26, 2011 at 11:44 AM
I live in the Coral dr area...should I grab cat and cane and head for the hills?
Concerned Brick Citizen August 26, 2011 at 11:59 AM
Both Scott P and Dan T are posting what is sensible and necessary. The problem will be neighbors who don’t heed the warnings about removing objects, which become missiles. It may not damage their property but do damage to others. Most who live in Brick can guess which areas which will flood and have always flooded. Sandy Point, Island Drive in Cedarcroft and many of the low lagoon neighborhoods. The best thing the Mayor did was the reverse 911 ordering an evacuation of the barrier island. If the storm surge is as bad as they predict the ocean could meet the bay in some areas. If you have a boat in the water, get it out now.
yeah, okay August 26, 2011 at 12:06 PM
I would think that most people would know if they are in a flood zone or low lying area. We've had enough costal storms to know. I posted a pdf file above that shows those area which would be effected the worst. Of course if you are new to the area, ask your neighbors who have lived in Brick for a long time.
Concerned Brick Citizen August 26, 2011 at 03:01 PM
I filled my car and drove thru the barrier island. I didn't see people boarding up. There was only the typical traffic. BTW there were no lines at the gas station and even at the bank. I guess everyone will wait until it is too late. Wife and I are ready if we do have to evac. Files in a plastic case with important paperwork.
Scott Pezarras August 26, 2011 at 03:12 PM
Batteries and flashlights are at a premium Lowes and Costco were out had to go to Toys r Us.
Concerned Brick Citizen August 26, 2011 at 03:54 PM
Wow... I can sell some of my extras at a premium. I'm just amazed at how many don't keep extras on hand or a flashlight. I have one of those "China" made leds from Harbor Freight in every room. Remember when they were giving them away for free no purchase necessary. The real issue though is if power remains off for three plus days. – That is my only fear.
Bricker August 26, 2011 at 04:02 PM
What parts of Brick are being evacuated? Is it true that roads off of Herberstville/ Rt 70 are being told to leave?
Barbara Martens Connolly August 26, 2011 at 04:15 PM
What about Cherry Quay??
Eternal August 26, 2011 at 04:32 PM
What about the Midstreams area?
Taren Afanador-Drysdale August 26, 2011 at 05:03 PM
Does anyone know about drumb point rd around shore acre area
read bull August 26, 2011 at 08:32 PM
im by brick memorial HS - should I bail out?
h wybolt August 26, 2011 at 09:07 PM
WHY ARE THERE NO SHELTERS IN BRICK OPEN...WHY ONLY TOMS RIVER
Eternal August 26, 2011 at 09:31 PM
Good question! If there is flooding we won't be able to REACH Toms River!
yeah, okay August 26, 2011 at 10:31 PM
The Brick website still has not listed the shelters. If they are telling people they must evacuate, where are they to go? They posted that when they get the list, they'll post it. When? When it's too late?
Taren Afanador-Drysdale August 27, 2011 at 01:22 AM
Considering I just moved here and I'm not familiar with what they consider low areas, maybe they should post that as well with the open shelters (list the evacuated areas too)
Scott Pezarras August 27, 2011 at 01:56 AM
Yeah Okay It is listed on the Township's facebook page, website, tweeter account, and B-20. It is a State Regional evacuation center and it is the Poland Springs Arena on the Toms River North High School Complex on off of Bay Ave.
Scott Pezarras August 27, 2011 at 01:57 AM
H It is because this is a Regional Center, cited by the State's OEM. It will hold around 1300 people.
Scott Pezarras August 27, 2011 at 01:58 AM
One of the highest areas in Town!
read bull August 27, 2011 at 09:56 PM
One of the highest areas in Town THANK YOU,, SCOTT P - MAY U AND YOURS B SAFE,
Scott Pezarras August 27, 2011 at 10:01 PM
Cammi you are welcome.
Mike H August 28, 2011 at 01:12 AM
I have a house 2 miles from the Mantoloking bridge. Also have a boat on Metedeconk river at Cranberry Cove Marina. Has anyone heard about likely storm surge by the Metedeconk?
disgusted homeowner August 28, 2011 at 12:42 PM
They were right. The storm DID leave quickly. Winds ONLY hit 50 or 60 mph and sunday morning were down to 20 mph and the rain had stopped. The whole thing was overblown and hyped up. The mayor and Irene were in cahoots!!!!!!!
disgusted homeowner August 28, 2011 at 12:43 PM
No batteries at walmart friday morning either. A rare commodity all of a sudden....
disgusted homeowner August 28, 2011 at 12:46 PM
If all of Brick was ordered to evacuate, half of the folks might not want to come back !!! Now there's a real prophecy for you..........
Nicole November 07, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I called the call center/transportation hotline 7322621234 listed on the township's website (where my neighborhood was listed). They told me where and when to arrive as they would be starting to accept people at 12pm noon Tuesday in preparation for the evacuation by 6pm. I went to the designated Brick shelter (Vets) and the Red Cross worker kindly escorted me to the Brick cops that were manning the shelter. The cops asked me who told me to come there, said, "This isn't a good place to be you don't want to be here", and after I told them that I did not have electricity 4x said, "Well at least you have electricity right?", then proceeded to grill me about where I lived shaking their heads like they've never heard of the neighborhood or street I live on *which is the first neighborhood listed on the evacuation list*, I told them I spoke to their call center for help and what time they told me to come. I didn't get there till the afternoon but they said, "no one is here". They phoned the call center to verify the neighborhoods and all the cross streets I could think of including the one listed on the evac order. You would have thought I was looking for halloween candy trick or treating in a senior citizen complex the day before halloween because they cops were just amazed that someone would actually want shelter and followed the order. I gave up trying to reason with them and left. So when you hear people aren't leaving, you can blame 5 cops that knew nothing not caring.
Nicole November 07, 2012 at 05:34 PM
BTW Thank you Red Cross for passing the buck. Glad I went looking for help, thinking I was doing the right thing. I guess staying is the right thing when the township doesn't care. The cops were more interested in watching the national guard move their big trucks around. No one is going to seek help when they are left to feel ashamed to be there, their truthfulness and intent questioned like a suspect on Law and Order, and leaving with the impression that no one cares about others in need. I don't even own the house I'm living in, the owners (my friends) evacuated elsewhere with family. I would have left with them except I have school in the next town over and have classes tomorrow. I couldn't miss them.
read bull November 07, 2012 at 05:41 PM
there is no 'eye' - it's not a hurricane.
read bull November 07, 2012 at 05:44 PM
what kind of a chinese firedrill are they "running"???? I feel so bad for the trouble you're having. Good luck to you and your family and stay safe!

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