With all the news and emergency broadcasts about the pending Hurricane Irene, the people of Ocean Grove have done a heck of a job taking this one seriously.
Although some of us are still anticipating staying in our homes through the rough parts, chairs, umbrellas, grills, and other summer items and plants have been tucked away where they can’t take flight.
Ocean Grovers obey the laws. And when the Governor says, “Get off the beach,” you get off the beach and let the trucks get their job done of protecting the residents of the town. Sand was pushed up toward the dunes as a bunker. Ocean Grove is not a low-lying area, as our houses were built up higher than the boardwalk and the beach.
Sure the high winds are going to be scary and most residents have taken precautions by boarding up windows with sheets of wood, and/or taping window pains that face the beach or where the wind will have direct access hit and the power to blow out glass.
The downtown area of Main Avenue is closed. No restaurants or shops opened for business today. The hotels and B&Bs have some straglers in town who couldn’t get out in time by air. But most people have been transported to other hotels. The senior residents at Francis Asbury Manor were driven to Newton, New Jersey by bus early this morning.
This is the information that I have from the Governor’s Office about the state of New Jersey on mandatory evacuations.
The following have been ordered to evacuate: Atlantic County: Absecon (east of Route 9), Atlantic City, Brigantine, Corbin City, Galloway Township (east Route 9), Lindwood (east of Route 9), Long Port, Margate, Northfield (east of Route 9), Port Republic (East of Route 9), Ventnor; West Atlantic City in Egg Harbor Township (east of Route 9), Cape May County: All of Long Beach island, Berkeley; Monmouth County: Keansburg, Spring Lake, Sea Bright, Monmouth Beach, Asbury Park, (limited areas-coastal) Wall Township (limited areas -low lying coastal), Manasquan (limited areas – loy lying/coastal; beginning Saturday August 27 at 11:00 a.m.)
In Ocean Grove, we haven’t been requested to evacuate yet, although the town is a ghost town with probably only 10 or 15 familiies still hanging in. Obviously, if we are urged to go, we’ll go.
Saturday evening at the Great Auditorium, the Frank Sinatra, Jr. concert has been canceled. And all activities for Sunday services at the Great Auditorium were canceled, too.
So if you’re reading this, pray for your neighbors to the south/east.
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