TOMS RIVER-Due to the potential of back bay flooding, the Toms River Office of Emergency Management is warning residents to be alert over the next few high-tide cycles. Residents who live in flood-prone areas may want to think about moving their vehicles to higher ground, if necessary. Parking is available at Silverton Park and Castle Park. In addition, Toms River OEM has free sandbags available. These bags are not filled with sand. Fill is available at the Bey Lea Golf Course parking lot on North Bay Avenue. To reserve your sandbag, please call Toms River OEM at (732) 341-3267 Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30 (while supplies last).
Mayor Thomas F. Kelaher said since Superstorm Sandy the Township has added additional vehicles. “We now have four high-water rescue trucks, army vehicles and a swift water rescue team that is trained and certified to rescue civilians during flooding. We are much better equipped.” In addition, the Toms River Police Department has a new generator and four-by-four vehicles on standby to head to the beaches, if necessary.
OEM Coordinator Paul Daley says residents are encouraged to stay informed with the Township’s Emergency Alert and Warning Notification System, Nixle. “Go to www.nixle.com to register. This system will enable officials to provide essential information to registered citizens in the event of an emergency or weather-related disaster. You can also like our page on Facebook for updates.” https://www.facebook.com/TomsRiverOfficeofEmergencyManagem…/
“We advise residents to monitor forecasts this week and tune into 92.7 WOBM for information,” said Mayor Kelaher. “Motorists should allow extra travel time as some roadways may be temporarily closed due to flooding. They are also reminded not to drive through flood waters and risk getting stuck or incurring damages to their vehicles. High winds may be a factor and cause downed power lines or outages. Property owners should review their emergency communication plan and stock emergency supplies. Include food and water sufficient for at least three days, medications, a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.”