Lake Lefferts is one of several lakes in Monmouth County being pumped in preparation for the large amount of rain Hurricane Sandy is expected to dump on the area, according to Sheriff Shaun Golden.
“We pump some of those retention lakes and ponds out so to get the levels down so they can receive water from the drainage basins. That’s something we learned from Hurricane Irene,” Golden said.
Ravine Drive in Matawan is closed as officials pump excess water into Matawan Creek, according to Matawan Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Sgt. Thomas Falco.
Ravine Drive will remain closed until the storm passes, Falco said.
In August 2011, heavy rain from Irene overwhelmed the dam near Ravine Drive, washing out a large section of the roadway.
Falco noted that drivers should also anticipate Aberdeen Road being shut down during high tide.