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Voluntary Evacuation Urged in Seaside Heights

Police Lights (Photo: Jason Rojas/Flickr)

Police Lights (Photo: Jason Rojas/Flickr)

Borough officials have called for a voluntary evacuation in anticipation of the impending nor’easter, which is forecast to bring moderate to major flooding to the Shore area.

According to an official message from the borough’s Office of Emergency Management: “If you are elderly or have medical issues requiring special attention, please consider moving to upland areas west of the bridge until the storm passes. Although our first responders in the Police, Fire and EMS departments will be on duty, the conditions in town may cause delays or prevent them altogether from providing an immediate response.”

Those who elect not to voluntarily evacuate from Seaside Heights should “prepare for an extended period of immobility,” the statement said. “Please maintain sufficient gasoline, food, medicine and potable water.”

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Motor vehicles must be removed from Seaside Heights streets whenever snow results in an accumulation of two or more inches and shall remain removed from the streets for 24 hours after the snow stops. When parking your motor vehicle in your driveway please make sure that no part of the vehicle blocks the sidewalk or curb, the statement said. If your property does not have off-street parking we recommend that you move your motor vehicles to the parking lots located at Hiering Avenue & Ocean Terrace and opposite Breakwater Beach between Grant and Blaine Avenues. Any unoccupied vehicle parked in violation of these regulations may be deemed a nuisance and a menace to the safe and proper regulation of traffic, and any police officer may provide for the removal of such vehicle at the owner’s expense.

The statement was attributed to William Hibell, OEM Coordinator.

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