Waterfront Lacey residents must evacuate today according to a state of emergency declaration signed by Mayor Mark Dykoff.
Additionally, anyone who lives within 1,000 feet of a lagoon, bay, creek or river must leave their homes. Shelters are as follows:
- Southern Regional High School, Stafford, open now. NOT pet friendly.
- Toms River North High School, Toms River, open at 4 p.m. Pet friendly.
- Pinelands Middle School, Little Egg Harbor, open at 8 p.m. Pet friendly.
A state of emergency is in effect as of 4 p.m. in the township. "It has been determined that the Township of Lacey should then be declared a disaster area, and further that certain measures must be taken in order to ensure that the authorities will be unhampered in their efforts to maintain law and order as well as an orderly flow of traffic and further in order to protect the persons and property of the residents affected by the conditions," reads Dykoff's proclamation.
Additionally, all travel will be restricted to essential vehicles only as of noon Monday.
The township reminds residents that garbage and recycling collection is cancelled, and all cans should be secured and not left curbside. Also, Lacey Municipal Court is cancelled Tuesday.
Residents needing to move their cars can utilize the lots at Hebrew and Gille Parks.