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Belmar Orders Mandatory Evacuations

Entire town should be cleared out by 12 p.m. Monday, mayor says

Belmar officials on Sunday ordered the complete evacuation of the borough by Monday afternoon. 

Mayor Matt Doherty said residents should leave as soon as they can and be out of town by 12 p.m. Monday. 

"We have been advised this morning by the National Weather Service to expect unprecedented record setting flooding in Belmar on Monday and Tuesday from Hurricane Sandy," Doherty said in a release.

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) has advised officials to expect power outages lasting up to 7-10 days, Doherty said.

"After close consultation with County and State officials, our Police Department, Fire Department, Fist Aid and Department of Public Works, I have signed a declaration of emergency for Belmar. This includes a mandatory evacuation order for all Belmar residents, and the closing of all business at 12 noon tomorrow, Monday," Doherty said.

"Please take care of your family and be safe," he said.

No Thanks October 28, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Does this include Wall/West Belmar between route 71 and and 35?
vickie October 28, 2012 at 08:19 PM
How far are they evacuating? To main street. To 71. to 35. what is the cut off
Tex October 28, 2012 at 09:12 PM
It's possible with the counter clockwise rotation of the hurricane and 70 mph winds, ocean water could enter through the Shark River Inlet into the basin with no where to escape. Rt 35 could be flooded. Just my hypothesis since I'm not a meteorologist.
confused October 28, 2012 at 11:46 PM
How can the major say by 12pm on Sunday,and the state says off the roads by 11 pm Sat. The governor declared state of emergency. Seems a little odd! Why would the mayor possible risk citizens, and rescue workers like that? Any input?

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