Long Beach Island, NJ Re-Entry Pending Gov. Chris Christie: Bridge Re-Opened Nov. 10 But Curfew In Effect
Long Beach Island residents will be happy to know that the bridge will be re-opened on Saturday, Nov. 10 pending "official notification" from Governor Chris Christie's office.
Residents of the New Jersey beach community have been waiting to return to their homes since a mandatory evacuation was put in place before Hurricane Sandy struck on Monday, Oct. 29. The island had been temporarily re-opened on Monday, Nov. 5, for a "grab and go," allowing homeowners to return home for a couple hours to gather important belongings. Now, LBI is preparing to once again re-open...this time for good.
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All residents, except those living in Holgate, will be allowed re-entry providing they have the appropriate documentation. A re-entry placard or proof of ownership/residency is required, states a press release on the LBI Emergency Management Coordinators page (although at 8:30 a.m. on 11/5 my vehicle was not stopped for documentation).
On Monday residents had been discouraged to start pulling out their damaged goods, with the township fearing that the then impending nor'easter would bring more chaos if massive piles of garbage were left at the curbs. However, homeowners and contractors will be allowed to begin the demolition and construction phases. According to the Long Beach Island Joint Emergency Operations Center, insurance adjusters and inspectors must have documentation and a work order to enter.
Those that will be returning to begin clean up will be allowed to place trash at the curb, but are asked to keep garbage out of the streets. Carpet, furniture, appliances and mattresses will continue to be picked up, but construction waste will not. Residents are asked to not only keep items like sheetrock and flooring separate, but keep fire hydrants and utility meters clear as well.
While Long Beach Island will be re-opened, some areas are still suffering the affects of Sandy. Emergency Operations reports that some locations do not have sewer, water or electric. Gas is currently turned off and a water advisory is still in effect. Residents are encouraged to boil water for at least one minute before using.
The re-entry to Long Beach Island has been held up by the nor'easter that struck earlier this week and the overwhelming amount of damage to some areas. According to the Press of Atlantic City, each town had to sign a letter to Christie in order for residents to be back on. The news outlet reported that Beach Haven Mayor Chuck Maschal refused to sign the letter to Christie because he believed that Beach Haven had got hit the worst in the storm.
Re-entry, pending the official notification from Governor Chris Christie, will begin at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. Curfew will be strictly enforced from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
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