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Travel Restrictions to Ocean City Lifted

But a nighttime driving curfew remains in effect on the island. City issues update on storm aftermath.

Travel restrictions have been lifted for access into Ocean City and all Cape May County barrier islands. 

The Route 52 causeway (9th Street Bridge) and the 34th Street Bridge are open for access onto the island. The Ocean City-Longport Bridge is still closed at this time.

The city is continuing damage assessment and cleanup of the entire island. We ask that the general public please refrain from travel into Ocean City to allow the city and property owners to continue their cleanup efforts.

Please stay out of areas on the island that have heavy equipment, contractors and critical assessment personnel. This is for your own safety and to help expedite the recovery efforts.

Residents and homeowners are encouraged to immediately begin the disaster application process by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

A mandatory driving curfew within Ocean City is still in effect from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. due to hazardous road conditions and power outages. Please use extreme caution while driving as travel on the island is still hazardous. Many roadways are still flooded or covered with storm debris.

If you are able to do so, trash, recycling and storm debris may be put out at your regular pickup area. The city is continuing to sweep the island and remove trash and debris until a schedule is determined. The Shelter Road Recycling Center has extended hours from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Additionally, the city has set up dumpsters throughout the island. Please visit www.ocnj.us for a list of dumpster locations.

Power is still being restored in many areas of Ocean City. Crews are working in town, however, the timeframe for restoring power is not known at this time.

Ocean City Schools will be closed on Friday.

Donna November 02, 2012 at 12:26 AM
When we came into town via 52 Causeway, we were stopped by police. He didn't even read our 'proof' and just waved us on. When we went out to dinner, no one was there. They had lifted the restrictions, I guess. Glad they did that though.
propertywatcher November 02, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Well Donna, I guess the useless police were too tired from harassing 80 year olds and fathers (returning home from emergency work - with credentials) with food for their kids (2 families, 7 kids). I guess the dumbasses don't know that "police" is a verb too! When you can't do your job, block all entrances and act like an asshole! Thank you OCPD! PS: My husband has a brain and so do the Longport Police. He showed his credentials, LPPD verified him and we had wonderful cold pizza!!!!!! SHAME ON YOU OC!!!!!!
Tired of Hypocrisy November 02, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Although frustrations are running high, is it necessary to use foul language towards the police that have been working long hours protecting and serving Ocean City. Hope you never are in need of a police officer, since you dislike them so much. Many residents are pleased that those that do not live or own homes in O C were not permitted on the island. With the reports of looting in other towns, O C police get homes and citizens safe in the aftermath. Thank you Officers.
Pete denDulk November 02, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Common people, THINK! Why does looting happen? Because houses that have stuff sit there uninhabited. That is the definition of 95% of Ocean City from November through March. This is just another example of people buying into fear, and letting the police flex their power a bit more than usual. There's no reason to be worried about looting on a statistically significant scale.
Gloria Cash November 02, 2012 at 07:50 PM
HELLO.. IM NOT SURE WHERE TO START, MY FIANCE IS IN THE MILITARY AND HIS LITTLE GIRL "CINDY GRAY" IS IN OCEAN CITY WITH HER GRANDMA, WE HAVE NOT HEARD FROM HER AND ARE VERY WORRIED, I HAVE SEEN THEM TALKING ON THE NEWS ABOUT DIFFRENT PLACES IN NJ THAT HAS BEEN HIT BAD BY THE STORM BUT HAVENT REALLY HEARD ALOT ABOUT OCEAN CITY NJ WANDERING HOW MUCH DAMAGE IS THERE AND IF ANY ONE KNOWS "CINDY GRAY SHES 13 YEARS OLD" IF ANY ONE HAS ANY INFORMATION ON OCEAN CITY AND HOW BAD IT IS THERE OR CINDY GRAY PLEASE EMAIL ME AT cash73701@yahoo.com AND PUT IN THE SUBJECT ON EMAIL INFORMATION ABOUT OCEAN CITY NJ OR CINDY GRAY... WE ARE VERY WORRIED ANY INFORMATION WOULD HELP THANK YOU... GLORIA

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