Nobody Will Be Let Back Into Ocean City on Tuesday

Mayor Jay Gillian assesses damage at a 1:30 p.m. news conference.

In the wake of a once-in-a-lifetime storm, Mayor Jay Gillian announced at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday that a mandatory evacuation of Ocean City will continue for a third day.

Nobody will be allowed to travel back onto the island on Tuesday.

A mandatory evacuation order took effect at 4 p.m. Sunday as a massive hurricane approached the New Jersey coastline. The storm hit Monday and left extensive damage behind.

"Ocean City is not safe right now," Gillian said.

Two sewerage treatment stations are still not operating, the streets are littered with debris and downed electrical wires and there is structural damage to houses throughout Ocean City.

Gillian said city officials would meet on Wednesday morning to determine when to end the evacuation.

"I would be guessing, and I don't want to do that," Gillian said when pressed for an estimated time when residents could return to their homes..

"I have never seen a storm like this in my lifetime," Gillian said.

He noted major beach erosion "from point to point," flooded businesses on downtown Asbury Avenue and widespread structural damage to homes on the south end.

The city is still assessing the damage and couldn't begin to estimate totals, Gillian said.

He said he was thankful that there were no deaths or injuries in Ocean City.

He thanked citizens, city employees and emergency management workers for their cooperation.

The city housed about 30 people at Ocean City High School during the storm, and another 120 were transported to a shelter at Upper Township Intermediate School.

Ocean City High School will remain closed on Wednesday and trick-or-treating has been postponed.

Gillian said that by tomorrow morning the city should have more information for evacuated residents.

Mike October 31, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Wondering, how do you know who went in and why they were allowed?
Anthony Travia October 31, 2012 at 01:41 AM
I also will not leave next time.Everyone should attend the next city council meeting to express discontent.It,s fine to ask people to leave but to not let people back in is UNAMERICAN Anthony T.
ks October 31, 2012 at 01:50 AM
we are @ 1236 central. my neighbor just heard from realtor directly behind us on asbury. first floor tenant advises ground level realty office took on 6-8 inches of water. that would affect our ground floor garage/breezeway but not first floor. not sure how high your first floor is but any info is good info right now so trying to share what i know. all the best...
ks October 31, 2012 at 01:55 AM
I don't but i know some got in. If it were that truly dangerous, why would they let ANYONE in? And I respect first responders are out there working hard and that the president is touring tomorrow...maybe they were secret service, who knows? I think if people had some more info they wouldnt be so frustrated. You can't know, they know but won't divulge, and you can't go in because it's too dangerous, but some people are going in...as usual, there are people who know people who get special treatment. All people want is info, not just to really go in. Avalon has a public info officer who drives the streets and posts photos so people at least know what they're up against. We know nothing. We are told nothing. I don't mind staying out of first responder's way...no problem. Just let us know the level of flooding block by block on the grid. that would be HUGE info to know. I read that they are letting busines owners in and contractors. Why? If it's horribly dangerous, they would be putting citizens at risk. So the truth is, it is NOT that dangerous, or they would not be letting ANYONE in.
Jill Z October 31, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Barbara H: She hasn't mentioned meeting anyone from a senior citizen's home. She did mention that the one on Bay St and about 24th bused everyone out of OC. Hard to give long distance care.
Marion October 31, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Any one know how is 29th and West Avenue near the fire house?
Mike October 31, 2012 at 02:26 AM
No Duffer I am not kidding you. You need to stay out until it is safe to return. Hysterical people is NOT what is needed in these disaster zones and no one likes government until they need something. But, I guess there's no convincing you. Good luck on your return. Try not to get in the way when you do!
Mike October 31, 2012 at 02:31 AM
karen, think about you wrote. Some people need to go in to prepare for YOUR return. Do you want a lawless free for all? Can you just imagine that? These people have massive tasks to accomplish so you may return. Instead of creating more problems, give them a break!!!
Mike October 31, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Gee Matt, there are thousands of houses that will be needing contractor services. How many contractors will be available for these thousands? You know damn well it will take many months or even years before many of these properties will be fixed. A couple of days will make NO difference. I like Marks assessment. Had contractors built these shore houses better many would have faired far better in this storm. I am sure they look forward to dealing with people like you!
julie eddy October 31, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Let them stay next time. It's survival of the smartest. When you stepinto a puddle that is full of toxic chemicals or has a live wire in it, don't blame the town. When youknock over a candle set your house on fire and the fire dept can't save your house, don't blame the town. If your belongings are worth more than your life i feel sorry for you.
julie eddy October 31, 2012 at 03:44 AM
You all have no idea who is being let into town and who is being turned away. Why not assume the people getting in have first responder jobs, police, fire, ambulance, national guard, electric repair, gas repair, a lot of freaking people are on call in emergencies. Duffer sounds like a frat boy i went to college with, as a matter of fact he was from Jersey, let him in, as i said b4 survival of the fittest, no loss!!
ks October 31, 2012 at 05:05 AM
You are right. They are probably being allowed in to help. Sorry I was impatient.
ks October 31, 2012 at 05:11 AM
It's like waiting to hear if the biopsy says cancer or not (been there done that). City could provide more info. Guess they are more busy doing than posting about what's up. But for those of us waiting it seems like forever. Especially my teens who love our home. I keep telling them everything is ok but they see the Internet and are too smart to believe me.
Larry October 31, 2012 at 05:41 AM
The big picture is, it's not a big deal. Ask one of the home owners in Breezy Point. ALL the negative conditions THERE, (high wind, flooding ,equipment immobility) were all the same here in Ocean City. For the want of but a spark, there go us all. So, don't evacuate,loose power,light a candle,wear a metal name tag, and oh yes, thanks neighbor.
Tired of Hypocrisy October 31, 2012 at 06:39 AM
Odd remarks about the insurance companies not paying because of 'claim history' or being 'made whole'. I worked for a large insurance company and anytime a CAT struck, we immediately either went to or sent claim reps to the scene (ex. Hurricane Andrew - CAT 5 much larger than Sandy) to 'cut' checks for our insured for living expenses, i.e. food, hotels, car rental, etc. Assessments were done quickly as soon as we were permitted near the damage in the Miami/Dade area. Our staff worked round the clock in horrible conditions to insure our clients were made whole as soon as possible. Colleagues from other insurance companies worked alongside us assisting their insured. I do not know which company Ms. Soto is employed by nor what her position within the company is, but I am willing to bet, if you are insured by a reliable company & have the proper coverage, you will be made whole. I know I certainly would not purchase any insurance, let alone flood insurance from a company that will not 'renew' you based on your claim history, which by the way is against the law unless a claim(s) is found to be fraudulent. If your company does 'drop' you after you file a legitimate claim, file a complaint with NJ Dept of Banking & Insurance, Attorney General Office & Better Business Bureau. Trust me, the gov't offices enjoy investigating 'Bad Faith' insurance practices.
Tired of Hypocrisy October 31, 2012 at 06:58 AM
Good luck to those that 'can take care' of themselves. Hope they never need to call a police officer, firemen or emergency services since they are not needed, the person is self sufficient. Amazing! Not sure how many lived in O.C. during the '62 storm but the devastation was huge. South End took a huge hit. We were not permitted back for weeks. Of course there were not cookie cutter duplexes side to side either. Back then, O.C. could open the three drawbridges and it was impossible to get on the island. Our family did not try, what was to be, was, the house & contents could be replaced. Getting back on the island now to: Take care of spoiled food - what will you do with it? Doubt there will be trash pick-up for days. Pump water out of your home? To where? Back into the flooded street so the water slowly seeps back into the house? Hire contractors? Doubt that there will be much work done until insurance companies send out folks to assess which might take awhile since other area's were hit much harder than OC. Why not let the City Authorities do their job and if you are unhappy about it, you can run for office next time around. Warnings were issued early that the storm would be bad and mandatory evacuations were listed. If you have spoiled food, why didn't you remove the food prior to leaving? None of it makes sense unless there were a few who didn't know about the storm. Patience is a virtue. Lives are more important than spoiled food and stuff.
Tired of Hypocrisy October 31, 2012 at 07:07 AM
Treated differently? Are you serious? Not too elitist are you? Our family has owned a home in OC for more than 50 years (have you?) and paid taxes whether we were there full-time or part-time. How is anyone being punished? By being protected from possible harm and/or injury? Access your home immediately, why? It isn't going to change anything if it took on water or damage. You won't be able to fix it in an hour for goodness sake. I am amazed at the selfish, self-centered people who feel they are more important than anyone else. Shameful and immature. If you feel uninformed, who's fault is that? No one's since the cable, internet, power were all out. Did you want a carrier pigeon to bring you the latest news? Oh wait, you probably expected that since you want to be treated differently than others. Tsk, tsk. That is precisely the reason most of us who have lived/loved OC for many, many years, no longer enjoy it. The town has become a bunch of 'entitled' that feel they are better than others. What is that saying? Oh yes, nouveau riche. Can't buy class or dignity. The City management deserves thanks for staying through the storm, working to make it safe for the residents to return and instead, some people feel they are special. Ugh!
Tired of Hypocrisy October 31, 2012 at 07:14 AM
Maybe you should hire a helicoptor and fly over you home to take a look since you 'want answers'. You are not alone, most if not all homeowners want to know how their homes fared. The difference is, most of us will wait, thankful we are alive, knowing homes & contents can be replaced but lives cannot and that the City is working as fast as they can to make sure it is safe upon re-entering. Hope your home is fine when you return.
Tired of Hypocrisy October 31, 2012 at 07:18 AM
Most folks are complaining that they are getting no information on their homes, yet information is out about 'connected' people getting onto the island. Unless you have proof, don't repeat rumors please. It is probably one of those "I know someone, who knows someone, who told someone, that so and so saw someone...." Goodness gracious! Perhaps it was a city worker that so and so saw & then told so and so, etc. Maybe it was a Nat'l Guardsman in civvies going in to help. Perhaps it was one of our police officers or fireman going in. Maybe it was the Great Pumpkin going in to prepare for Halloween.
Paul B October 31, 2012 at 07:41 AM
Ashlea....I'm on 25th and Central....is that block okay also?
Debbie October 31, 2012 at 08:33 AM
Would love to see pictures. We are on 23rd and haven.
Paul B October 31, 2012 at 08:36 AM
Ashlea...can you email me please when you have a chance? stuntflyr1@gmail.com
chris parker October 31, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Be strong Ocean City. You have a great man leading the way to a Grand Reopening of the grestest town in NJ....Jay Gillian.
Mary Doherty October 31, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Couldn't agree more Kissima!
Mary Doherty October 31, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Yes, let our officials do their job!
melissa October 31, 2012 at 02:19 PM
I hope the patch let's us know as soon as the word is out! They had a meeting this morning and I'm so anxious to know so I can tell the hotel I'm at in cherry hill I have to stay another night. Check out is at 11?
Karen Donato October 31, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Anyone have information on 23rd and Simpson Ave.?
ks October 31, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Tired of HIP- That happened to me once by State Farm after I and nearly 100 california neighbors when we had a catastrophic from straight line winds like the one that happened 7/29 here in Linwood. 20 years with State Farm no claims. One claim = non renewal. It also happened to my husband. 20 years no claims with Farmers, then the Oakland hills fire happened. We didn't even live in Oakland and had NO claims. They non renewed us because they thought the neighborhood was similar to Oakland (which it was not, it was a beach community called Santa Cruz). And my OC neighbor who's had his condo insurance thru Farmers of Salem just got non0-newed. I'm with Farmers of Salem also for condo. Do you think they are going to offer me a renewal when they already non-renewed the guy next door and that was BEFORE sandy? Now he's with an AM Best B-- company. And the cost of the policy skyrocketed for a less secure carrier. Comon, get real, don't drink the insurance comany kool-aid. We all know insurers (except Federal flood) are in it when they expect to make a profit and out when they think it'll be too risky. We are, after all, "for-profit" corporations. Just saying. But it has happened to me twice related to catastrophics so don't act like it doesn't happen. Yes these claims may be paid out. But see how long they'll keep us. Even those who don't file. We're all on the same island. Actually, given we've just had a hundred year storm, one might think we're a better risk!
Common Sense November 01, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I guess the bass barn isn't the only place where your a complete jerk off.
Annie Green January 27, 2014 at 08:32 PM
I can't believe it has been over a year since this happened. Ocean City has come a long way since then. Annie | http://www.cdacontracting.com/


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