LBI Causeway Bridge Eastbound Shutting Down

Mandatory evacuations of certain parts of Stafford and Barnegat expected to take effect at noon tomorrow.

The Route 72 Causeway Bridge headed east will shut down after 4 p.m. tomorrow, according to police and fire officials gathered at a first responders' meeting held earlier today in Harvey Cedars. The westbound lanes of the bridge will be shut down when winds reach 40 mph, police said. 

Although Stafford Police Chief Joseph Giberson stressed the importance of residents vacating as soon as possible.

Giberson and Long Beach Island first responders made the decision about the Causeway bridge after being told at the meeting, by a National Weather Service officials that "flooding in all bay/lagoon communities could reach as high as five to seven feet above the top of bulkheads."

"Look at your high tide table and add five feet on top of that," Jim Eberwine, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service told the group of first responders via speaker phone. "In all my years with the weather service, I haven't seen anything quite like this." Eberwine said that LBI residents should expect to see flooding and erosion problems.

Also today, the Stafford Township Office of Emergency Management ordered a voluntary evacuation of  the following areas of Stafford Township for today, and expected to issue a mandatory evacuation order for these areas around noon tomorrow:

Beach Haven West

Bayside (Mud City)

Cedar Bonnet Island

Mallard Island

Village Harbour

Cedar Run Dock Road

A similar order was issued for Barnegat and Waretown.

According to a press release from Barnegat Police Lt. Keith Germain:

"Voluntary evacuations are now in effect, and will become mandatory as of noon tomorrow for:

Areas along and north of Bayshore Drive including all lagoon streets, Pebble Beach section and Crosswinds in Barnegat.

Areas east of Lower Shore Road from East Bay Avenue to Barnegat/Stafford border. This would include both Mills and Powell Lanes to be evacuated, in Barnegat.

All areas east of Main Street in Waretown.

All areas east of Seventh Street in Waretown.

Bay Parkway from State Route 9 to bay in Waretown."

An emergency shelter for Barnegat and Ocean Township residents will be at the Brackman Middle School, located on Barnegat Boulevard North in  Barnegat Township. The shelter will  open at noon  on Sunday, October 28, 2012.

Residents in need of shelter from LBI or Stafford should go to Southern Regional High School 11-12 building on Cedar Bridge Road. The shelter will open on Sunday at  noon. 

Any resident in need of evacuation assistance or transportation should call the Barnegat Police at at (609) 698-5000, the Ocean Township Police Department at (609) 693-4007 or  Stafford  Township Police  at 609-597-8581.

Dave Frank October 27, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Please everyone dont go on the barrier islands!!!
Kathy Cloherty October 30, 2012 at 11:20 AM
When can we get back on the island to see our house?
Billy crawford October 30, 2012 at 02:17 PM
When will the bridge open?
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