MANDATORY Evacuations for Waterfront Lacey Residents

Travel on township roadways restricted after 4 p.m. Monday

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. 

gary k October 28, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Not gonna look like that in a day.
Ann October 28, 2012 at 07:06 PM
You can stay inland, read it again. For those within 1000 feet of water.
tiffany October 28, 2012 at 07:12 PM
What about a lake?
ed crowley October 28, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Ann the article states that " anyone that lives within 1000 feet of lagoon bay river or creek must leave the township" I think someone missed it on the proof reading.
ed crowley October 28, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Phone call from township says road restriction start at 12:00 Monday.
Kathy Candeletti October 28, 2012 at 08:49 PM
@ Ann....I read it again and this is what it says..........Additionally, anyone who lives within 1,000 feet of a lagoon, bay, creek or river must leave the township.
Ann October 28, 2012 at 08:52 PM
The actual declaration said waterfront, not lakes, bays or streams or creeks. Look at township website.
Deborah Lipuma October 28, 2012 at 09:32 PM
I have to work till 3 tomorrow. Do you hajj k I'd get in trouble if I was on my way home?
Melissa Gregg October 28, 2012 at 10:10 PM
I guess we are ok by the lakes...
erin October 28, 2012 at 11:06 PM
I live near the lake on deerhead off of chelsea st. Is it mandatory or voluntary to evacuate?
Randy Butternubs October 28, 2012 at 11:47 PM
This is going to be bad as Katrina I know it. Why hasn't the Governor sent help??
proud October 28, 2012 at 11:48 PM
So,are the restricted after noon tomorrow, or is it four o'clock? You can't tell from the conflicting information in the article and by lines. Thanks Nick for clearing up that residents in mandatory evacuation areas are required to leave their homes and not the township as was previously written. Apparently, Ed Crowley received a reverse. 911. I did not. Not a good time for bad information.
Lynn Biagi October 29, 2012 at 12:43 AM
All I know is i have to work tomorrow, Board of social services never closes...hope the do not drive after 12 rule does not apply to us.
Elaine Buzzeo October 29, 2012 at 02:35 AM
As Per the NJ SPCA. Don't be intimidated into leaving your animals behind. Take them to the shelter. Captain Yocum NJ SPCA has stated that Gov. Christie said if the shelter you go to will not accept your animals THEY will get you to a shelter that will. Pet Friendly Shelters are Pinelands and Toms River North High School. Again, do not leave your animals behind. Any complaints about shelters refusing animals or turning you away should be addressed after the storm to NJ SPCA.
Elaine Buzzeo October 29, 2012 at 02:40 AM
FB Exit 74 on Face Book has just announced that Toms River North High School Is FULL. That leaves only Pinelands as pet friendly. So, be interesting to see if these other so called shelters refuse people that have pets.
Sandy October 29, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Board of social services is closed tomorrow.
Randy Butternubs October 29, 2012 at 09:11 AM
What is the reason for the evacuation? I have a generator
What If October 29, 2012 at 12:24 PM
What's up Lacey Twp.Why don't we have a shelter in our town...
Randy Butternubs October 29, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Yea why don't we have a shelter? My rising taxes should have paid for a shelter with a few big screen TVs and game systems. Maybe we should take a closer look into where our property tax goes
Lisa Fekula October 29, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Anybody have info on Spar Drive or Ensign in Sunrise Beach area please? Any flooding or pics to share would be much appreciated. We have homes there and left due to evacuation. Thanks!
proud October 29, 2012 at 03:41 PM
The marsh adjacent to the roads you mentioned is full and crossing Sunrise Blvd. the bay is hammering either side of the channel at the mouth of the main lagoon that parallels Capstan Drive. That's about an hour ago. Last update because I'm not going down there anymore. Cedar Creek and Laurel Blvd. in Lanka Harborare also brimming and that was a couple of hours ago. A friend called from Forked River Beach and said it is likewise.
Lisa Fekula October 29, 2012 at 05:23 PM
proud October 29, 2012 at 05:26 PM
TJ Pniewski October 29, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Anyone have any info on the mouth of the Cedar creek section of Lanoka? Like Oxgoose, Sandpiper, or Meadowlark??? I've been out since yesterday afternoon.
Marilyn Calio October 30, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Any word on laurel blvd area?
Randy Butternubs October 30, 2012 at 06:19 AM
Its safe to say anywhere there was a slight chance of water come up at the highest tide, there is water up past where you never thought it would go
curiosity October 30, 2012 at 08:38 AM
Text someone who lives there and they got water in their garage.
Pamela Brown ♥ October 30, 2012 at 03:51 PM
WHAT??!!?? NO EMERGENCY SHELTERS AT LACEY SCHOOLS??? With a solar power system on the school, their reason: NO GENERATOR? Solar can be isolated to a building just for this reason. " mandatory evacuation for anyone who lives within 1,000 feet of a lagoon, bay, creek or river." SERIOUSLY??? with a 4 million dollar school surplus, the WATERFRONT community never thought to put in emergency power??? 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.
Elaine Buzzeo November 02, 2012 at 02:03 AM
It's a little late, but for those in need that have lost their homes, or have no power Lacey Methodist Church on Lacey Road, is serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to those in need. They also have shelter available and their doors are open. THEY ARE PET FRIENDLY. Sorry for the late posting, but I just got power back.
Elaine Buzzeo November 02, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Just wanted to also post, for those fortunate enough to have no damage and power, they (The Lacey Methodist Church) could use donations. They have been doing a lot for the Lacey Community since the storm and are continuing to do. They have breakfast, lunch and dinner supplied daily to those in need, are providing shelter to those in need, and are sending volunteers out tomorrow to help those on the water. They are the Lacey Methodist Church on Lacey Road (The Old St. Pius Church).


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