SEASIDE PARK - Seaside Park Police Chief Francis Larkin said police will be distributing sandbags to borough residents at police headquarters in about an hour.
Police ran out of a supply of sandbags earlier today as residents scoffed them up in preparation for Hurricane Sandy, the chief said. More are on the way and will be available to anyone showing proof of residency in Seaside Park, he said.
1:00 p.m. Gov. clarifies which barrier island towns must evacuate
Gov. Chris Christie issued a list of the 38 barrier island communities where residents are subject to mandatory evacuations Sunday.
In Ocean County, those are the Long Beach Island communities of Long Beach, Ship Bottom, Surf City, Harvey Cedars, Barnegat Light and Beach Haven; as well as Seaside Heights, Lavallette and Mantoloking. Seaside Park, just south of Seaside Park, wasn't on the governor's list, but Seaside Park police confirmed that borough residents also are mandated to evacuate.
The only community in Monmouth County ordered to evacuate is Sea Bright.
12:45 p.m. LBI officials meet to fine-tune evacuation plans
Long Beach Island emergency management officials are meeting at 2 p.m. today to fine-tune plans to evacuate the barrier island on Sunday.
Stafford police Lt. Thomas Dellane, who is the spokesman for the Long Beach Island Office of Emergency Management, said the Route 72 Causeway connecting the island to the mainland likely will be closed to eastbound traffic about 4 p.m. Sunday, the time Gov. Chris Christie's mandatory evacuation takes effect. Traffic will still be able to leave the island at that time, but Dellane recommended residents vacate as early as possible.
Southern Regional High School, 90 Cedar Bridge Road in the Manahawkin section of Stafford, will be open tomorrow to serve as a shelter for displaced Long Beach Island residents, he said.
More details will be available after 4 p.m. today, he said.
11:30 a.m. Governor orders evacuations of barrier islands
MIDDLETOWN - Gov. Chris Christie has ordered mandatory evacuations Sunday of the state's barrier islands, including the Atlantic City casinos.
SEA BRIGHT - Borough police have issued a voluntary evacuation for this flood-prone shore town. Police said residents at this point can leave whenever they want.
9:35 a.m. Assisted-living home gets ready to evacuate residents
OCEAN GROVE - Workers Saturday are helping approximately 110 residents at the Francis Asbury Manor assisted-living facility on Stockton Avenue in Neptune Township to pack up necessities in anticipation of a 10 a.m. evacuation on Sunday.
Most of the residents will be taken to a sister facility in Newton, in Sussex County, said Jan Carrato, a spokeswoman for United Methodist Homes, which operates both facilities.
The residents of Francis Asbury Manor on Sunday morning will begin boarding charter buses to take them to the Bristol Glen continuing-care retirement community in Newton, Carrato said.
About 20 residents whose medical needs cannot be accommodated at Bristol Glen will be evacuated to nursing homes inland, Carrato said. Meanwhile, 16 of Francis Asbury's residents have opted to temporarily relocate with relatives, she said.
Kathleen Hopkins, Bob Vosseller, Asbury Park Press