FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders issued its own state of emergency for Monmouth County Thursday night, Aug. 25.
Right now, residents living in coastal and low-lying areas are urged to evacuate voluntarily, especially those who have experienced flooding before.
“Last weekend we had 4 inches of rain and some of our evacuation routes were impassable because of flooding,” Freeholder Director Robert D. Clifton said. “This weekend we expect even more rain and wind, so it is important to make the decision to leave early before it becomes too late.”
The county has established shelters in Holmdel High School, 36 Crawford’s Corner Rd., Holmdel, and Wall High School, 1630 18th Avenue, Wall. The shelters will open at 5 p.m. tomorrow.
By tonight night, Gov. Chris Christie has said he would like to see everyone out of the shore area, especially those on the barrier islands.
A state of emergency will allow the Office of Emergency Management to mobilize all county resources and direct them where they are needed to protect life and property. These actions include ordering mandatory evacuations and controlling traffic on all roadways