Aberdeen Residents of Flood-Prone Areas Encouraged to Relocate
Tidal surges and heavy rains expected to cause large amount of flooding
Residents of flood-prone areas are being encouraged to relocate inland with friends or family.
According to Aberdeen Chief of Police John Powers, who also serves as the township's office of emergency management coordinator, the anticipated tidal surges in combination with high tide and heavy rainfall poses a serious threat to all residents in flood-prone areas.
It may become difficult or impossible for emergency responders to reach people in need depending on the conditions cause by the storm, he explained.
"The reason we're urging people in flood-prone areas to relocate is during the storm or immediately after, with these storm surges they are predicting and the high tides, emergency responders may not be able to get to them," he said.
Those who need to relocate but do not have a place to go will have the option of relocating to a shelter.
According to a release on the township website, residents must first go to the Aberdeen Township Municipal Building or the Cliffwood Vol. Fire Company at 478 Angel Street to be transported to shelters established at Monmouth University and Arthur Brisbane Child Treatment Center in Wall Township.
Residents transporting themselves will not be accepted at the shelters, according to the release. Those seeking shelter should be prepared to bring clothing, sleeping bags, and/or air mattresses.
Pets will be accepted only at Brisbane, but must be crated. Pet owners must also bring leashes, food and food/water bowls.