Township officials began to warn residents to prepare for potential flooding over the next several high tide cycles, though forecasters say it is unrelated to Hurricane Florence’s forecast.
Warning that back bay flooding might be possible over the next high tides, Toms River Office of Emergency Management offered residents living in those areas to consider moving their vehicles to higher ground.
Specifically, the parking lots at Silverton Park and Castle Park are available on the mainland.
“The Toms River Office of Emergency Management is warning residents to be alert over the next few high-tide cycles,” announced the TROEM. “Please make plans now to move vehicles to higher ground if necessary.”
There’s also free sandbags available for those who are prepping for possible flooding issues.
Call the township at (732) 341-3267 Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to reserve sandbags.
The bags are unfilled, but if you need sand, head to the Bey Lea Golf Course parking lot on North Bay Avenue.
High tides are approximately 8:49 p.m. Sept. 10, 9:21 a.m. and 9:37 p.m. on Sept. 11, and 10:10 a.m. and 10:27 p.m. Sept. 12.
The National Weather Service – Mount Holly has a coastal flood watch until later in the evening. The following counties are affected: Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Middlesex, Ocean, Southeastern Burlington, and Western Monmouth.
At this point in the forecast models, the National Hurricane Center reported Hurricane Florence was about 600 miles out to sea with winds of 105 mph, saying the timing and location of landfall was currently too far out to accurately determine.