Travel Ban Remains in Effect as Region Begins Recovery From Sandy

Atlantic City Electric is in position to begin work once damage is completely assessed.

A travel ban is in effect until further notice as the recovery from Sandy, which made landfall as a tropical storm in Atlantic City Monday night, begins.

Sandy left Ocean City and Atlantic City devastated, as much of each city remains covered in water. Local officials have asked residents to remain off the road as emergency management crews begin to assess damage once daylight breaks in the area.

Atlantic City Electric was reporting 125,000 outages Monday evening, and said crews are ready to begin work once a full assessment is complete on Tuesday.

In Atlantic County, four of the five shelters at local schools were still open, with only Buena Regional High School reaching capacity. The other shelters are at Buena Middle School, Pleasantville High School and Pleasantville Middle School, while St. Augustine Prep School is accepting residents in need of continuous medical supervision. Galloway Township Middle School has also opened, as a "shelter of last resort." Residents seeking shelter here must bring their own supplies.

In Cape May County, Upper Township Middle School and the Woodbine Developmental Center each reached capacity. Shelters remained open at Upper Township Elementary School, Middle Township Elementary School and Villas Fire Hall, which is only taking residents from Lower Township.

Mandatory evacuations remain in effect for the barrier islands, including Ocean City. Four National Guard trucks were stationed in Cape May County throughout the day, assisting with rescues. According to the county website, 50 rescues were made in Ocean City and neighboring Strathmere.

As of 5:08 a.m., the National Weather Service out of Mount Holly classified Sandy as a weakening storm. It was projected to hit Western Pennsylvania this afternoon and New York Tuesday night. It is projected to turn left and move into southeastern Canada on Friday.

In the region, there are a pair of high wind warnings and a coastal flooding warning in effect throughout the day.

Greg Young October 30, 2012 at 10:58 AM
projection when we can go home?? (Ocean City). Eager to see my house... Technically, kids have school tomorrow in OC
betsy October 30, 2012 at 11:08 AM
Jim McElwee October 30, 2012 at 11:34 AM
@ of 6 AM: GSP is closed from Exit 167 all the way to end in Cape May, NJ. All WAWA ,s that I saw were closed and not expected to open until 8 am. No flights in or out of ACY Int. Airport until at least 6:30 PM (unofficial). Stay Safe, stay home if you can. Travel ban still in effect!
Phyllis DePrinzio Bonner October 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Would love to get home but think we'll have to wait until tomorrow to allow the city to assess damage and clean the roads from debris and sand.
Jon Smith October 30, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Any word when Ocean City will be open to travel again for people to assess damages?
L October 30, 2012 at 12:36 PM
If school is going to be closed, they should announce this ASAP. Some of us have gone quite far away due to the storm
Beth October 30, 2012 at 01:50 PM
karen October 30, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Oc schools closed wednesday. Got call from ochs
Ryan October 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM
You can see now why people don't evacuate. People don't want to wait 2 or 3 days to get back to there homes.
Richard Jacoby October 31, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Ryan, yes I see I feel like I should have stayed so I could be cleaning up now


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