Toms River Barrier Island Residents to be Allowed to See their Homes Today
A message from Toms River Township:
Good News for PELICAN ISLAND full-time residents! With ID, you will be able to go over the bridge, with your own car, to retrieve belongings, winterize, meet with contractors and start the clean up process. Please have proof of residency ready so it will not cause a traffic issue on the highway. You will be able to escort a contractor with you. The Governor’s evacuation orders are still in effect, but access will be permitted from 8-3 since there is still no gas, power, or utilities to that area. The Pelican Island area suffered minimal damage and all roadways are cleared of debris. Police checkpoints have been moved back to allow you easier access to your homes. The time limits imposed are from 8am – 3pm until further notice. These times will be strictly enforced. Together, the Toms River, Berkeley Twp. Police Dept., and the Office of Emergency Management have fought tirelessly for this and we need your cooperation adhering to the time constraints.
Over on the barrier island section, construction crews are making significant progress every day. Much of the sand from the roadways has been pushed back onto our beaches.
We have already started our PHASE ONE re-entry program for Ocean Beaches, Sunset Manor Shores, Monterey, Seacrest and Ocean Beach Peninsula. Toms River Police Chief Mike Mastronardy stated that the bus system went very well and without incident. This means that we will be able to start PHASE TWO on time.
Full-Time residents of Chadwick Beach, Chadwick Beach Island and Silver Beach will be allowed in on Monday, November 12th.
Full-Time residents of Normandy Beach and Shores will be allowed in on Tuesday, November 13th.
Business owners are allowed into their buildings during Phase 1 at the beach where your business is located.
Ortley Beach North is still a restricted area.
PHASE TWO will be for part-time residents to go into their homes for 1 1/2 hours to get important items.
PHASE THREE is for all owners to spend ample time with contractors, insurance adjusters and winterize homes.
All dates for these phases will be announced soon on our website.
Not everyone can be first—Town Hall and Police inundated with callers
In the Ortley section, Chief Mastronardy will let residents know what streets will be allowed in first, and this information will be posted on the township website at www.TomsRiverTownship.com. People can also sign up for the reverse 911 system, as well, to be notified.
Please do not call or email multiple times demanding access. Complaining to public officials will not get you into your homes faster. You are tying up resources when we need to be focusing on progress. A plan is in place to provide access to homes, on a street by street, house by house basis. What you think you see on the internet, or hear from friends, does not mean that there is truly a clear path and that there is not a sinkhole on your street. Engineers will make their assessments first.
A team of engineers has been inspecting properties daily. There are many homes, unfortunately, where access to the property will not be permitted.
The NJ Department of Community Affairs and Toms River Township Electrical Inspectors will be in the area of Green Island and Snug Harbor Monday.
For our mainland and barrier island residents that have flooding issues, please see the section entitled, “Guidelines for Electrical Problems after Flooding.”
For Gas restoration, please see the section entitled, “NJNG-HURRICANE SANDY RESPONSE UPDATE.“