BRIGANTINE ISLAND SHUT DOWN

Brigantine Island is no longer accessible. NO IN…NO OUT. Roads are blocked.

Hurricane Sandy to make landfall near Atlantic City, at approx 6pm et.

Full moon & high tide to make situation worse.

North end seawall of Brigantine has seen storm surge pour over top.

Substantial flooding blocks exit from island. STAY IN HOME.

MOVE property to highest levels in home.

Brigantine Police warn of dramatically rising water, during high tide & full moon later today.

Officer Jim Bennett, director of emergency management for Brigantine, says: 70 percent of Brigantine’s 9,500 residents remained. (even after mandatory evacuation order)

Bennett told reporter from San Francisco Chronicle; “My confidence is not very high”. “We’ve basically been told to expect to survive on our own for a while if we get cut off.

Countywide travel ban now in effect.

Only vehicles transporting essential personnel or those who provide essential public services including police, fire, EMS and authorized emergency management personnel will be permitted on roadways until this ban is lifted. The travel ban restricts travel on all county and municipal roadways

Brigantine Island access is now shut down, as of 4pm SUNDAY OCT 28.

Ernie Purdy & Brigantine Department of Public Works did FANTASTIC JOB of prepping the beaches for Sandy. SEE PICTURES HERE

Hurricane Sandy will have a severe impact on our region over the next several days:

  • Strong damaging sustained winds 35 to 50 mph over a prolonged period of time (24 to 48 hours).
  • Wind gusts up to near 75 mph.
  • Extremely heavy rainfall.
  • Major to record inland flooding along streams and rivers.
  • Major to record coastal flooding. The full moon on October 29 just makes things worse.
  • Options for the storm to miss our area are rapidly dwindling.
  • Confidence on the storm having a major impact on our region continues to increase.
  • The focus of efforts should be on when Sandy hits our region, not if Sandy hits our region.
  • Major coastal flooding is expected based on the current track forecast. Record coastal flooding is likely.
  • 10 to 12 foot storm tide is possible along the Atlantic Coast & the Delaware Bay. This would result in record coastal flooding in many locations.

NJ TRANSIT has shutdown of all bus, rail, light rail and Access Link service.

Governor Christie formally requested that President Obama declare a pre-landfall emergency for New Jersey. This declaration would allow the State to request funding and other assistance for actions taken in advance of Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to make landfall in New Jersey late Monday evening.

“The National Hurricane Center predicts that Hurricane Sandy will move along the New Jersey coast bringing the potential for severe weather conditions, including heavy rains, high winds, dangerous storm surges and stream and river flooding that may threaten homes and other structures, and endanger lives in the state,” added Governor Christie.

To ease evacuation, tolls are suspended until further notice on Northbound Parkway and Westbound AC Expressway.

Brigantine Beach could get 24-48 hrs of 35-45 mph gusts to 60-75 mph..

ALL Atlantic City Casinos now evacuated as well.

Comments

  1. Ken Schaffer says

    Great job by our dedicated Emergency Management team, led by Lt. Jim Bennett, our Brigantine PD, FD and Department of Public Works! Thanks to Ernie Purdy and John Doring for their relentless work preparing our beaches and low lying areas for this storm. People will complain that their street didn’t get “special attention”, but these guys give it their ALL, protect our Island and they’ve been going around the clock since Thursday! How about thanking them, a police officer or a fireman the next time you run into them around town.,..

    • PAT WILCOX says

      WE’RE IN MOONBAY. THIS MORNING LAGOON BLVD WAS UNDER 2 FEET OF WATER. BY NOON TIME THE WATER WAS GONE!!! THE YARDS BEHIND STEVE & SUE AND PAT AND MARY HAD 2 FEET IN THEIR BACK YARD. AFTER HIGH TIDE IT WAS ALL GONE. NO SIGN OF DAMAGE AT THIS TIME. SO FAR SOOOOOO GOOD.

  2. says

    My father worked for Red Cross all his life. He worked on disasters around the world. The most distraught I even saw him was when he couldn’t get a helicopter to two young women stranded on a rooftop on time. He absolutely hated it when people would not evacuate.

    If you don’t want to leave for your own reasons – - at least think about what you are doing to those who may have to rescue you. That is – IF YOU CAN GET RESCUED IN TIME.

    • Johanne Milnes says

      I agree so much with you! Last year everyone was warned …but Brigantine Times spent TWO pages laughing at the evacuation order as did many others….it wasn’t until the third page of Emmett’s article that he complemented the efforts of the first responders….So I think many chose to listen to the wrong voice. I was so infuriated last year as my blood is boiling this year. I just gave up my landlubber home to retire permanantly in Brigantine because I believe it IS the island you will love for life…I just hope there is a home there to return to at the end of this week. BE SAFE everyone….THINK SMARTLY!!!

  3. Laura O says

    any idea how 10th street south by the ocean is holding up? I have a house on 10th street south, 300 block. It is 55 years young and we are all hoping for the best.

  4. Greg fuller says

    I stayed for the atorm and walked down 10th st south today, no major flood damage on 200 block of 10th south. Unfortunately 100 block saw flood damage from bay and 300 block looks to have seen flood damage from ocean. Houses are not knocked down, but a lot have water and siding damage. – Greg Fuller

  5. Karen Cooper says

    Does anyone have any information on 35th Street (in back of the light house circle)? We’re eager for news. Much appreciated.

  6. Tyler says

    Have a house on 200 block on 5th South, a block from beach. Does anyone conditions? Any insight of when we can return to check on damage?

    • Olivier says

      TYler, The 200 block in that area didn’t suffer any significant damage from flooding, your place should be alright. Onto when we can go and check on our homes, it is up to big old Chris Governor Christie to allow access!!no one knows for sure but we all hope soon enough since AC and OC both allow access now.

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