According to a recent report today, there are 14,210 residential properties on the barrier island stretching south from the northern border of Mantoloking with a combined assessed value of $9.8 billion; also 377 commercial properties, with an assessed value of $505 million, all needing to be evacuated.. This does not include the 5,240 parcels at this time.
ABC REPORT 11-3-2012
“We know people are there, we’re keeping an eye on them, and they need to stay on their property. If they come off their property to come off the island, then they don’t get back on. It’ll be a while before anybody gets back on the island until we make it safe,” Toms River Police Chief Mike Mastronardy said.
“That’s upsetting to homeowners who’ve only seen their barrier island from aerial shots.
The pictures are devastating and they are desperate to find out if their houses are still standing.” NORA MUCHANIC
“Residents are being forcibly evacuated tonight from seven Ocean County communities because of extensive repairs needed after the devastation Hurricane Sandy left behind, Seaside Height Police Chief Thomas Boyd said.Authorities told residents they may not be able to return home for months.“It’s looking bad. It’s a catastrophe,” Boyd said.
The towns affected are Seaside Heights, Seaside Park, island sections of Berkeley Township, South Seaside Park, Lavallette, Ortley Beach and Mantoloking. The decision followed an afternoon meeting among the chiefs of police in the affected communities and other county authorities.
Busloads of people were being escorted out, with several residents interviewed saying police and fire officials knocked on their doors, telling them they had five minutes to pack a bag before they had to leave.
Where is the state declaration of threat to the health and safety of the population there?
Where is the pre-planned accommodation of the evacuees?
Or in Katrina-like terms where are the trailers set up perhaps at Great Adventure to provide for what is termed an unknown time period.
We excoriated a sitting president who was more hampered by the actions of outright idiots than his command of the situation and a fourth estate who willed his incompetence.
The President alights in Brigantine and with the Governor issues a few video worthy hugs to the unhinged.
Mark this well citizens there is no longer private property or the right to self determination and it was posted here at 1AM so you could not see it.
But there it is.”
“In my home town in Louisiana, Oct. 3rd 2002 Hurricane Lili, Sept. 25 2005 Hurricane Rita, and 2008 Labor Day Hurricane Gustav all brought martial law in their aftermath.
I am very sure other towns have had martial law in the aftermath of hurricanes or other natural disasters. Why is it such a big deal ?”