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 UPDATE 6:15PMHurricane Sandy Update
 
Dear Neighbors,

The Camden County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) reminds residents that the County is operating under a state of local emergency.  Traffic on Camden County roadways is restricted to essential services and travel deemed necessary.



If it is absolutely necessary for you to be in a vehicle, never drive your vehicle into areas where water covers the roadway. Floodwaters are usually deeper than they appear. Just one foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the road.  Remember:  turn around, don’t drown.

The storm has created road closings, localized flooding and downed trees across the county. There have been reports of power outages by both electrical utilities and those utilities are working directly with the County to keep residents informed.

The current road closings that have been reported into the OEM include:

Several blocks of River Road is closed in Camden City
Admiral Wilson Boulevard is closed in Camden City
Creek Road is closed in Bellmawr
Cross Keys Road is closed in Berlin
Erial-Williamstown Road is closed from Jarvis to Annapolis in Gloucester Township
Kaighn Avenue is closed in Camden City and Pennsauken
Parts of Chapel Avenue are water-covered in Cherry Hill
Route 38 Westbound is closed in Cherry Hill due to a downed pole
Route 70 at Springdale Road is closed in Cherry Hill due to a downed pole
As a precautionary measure, the Camden County OEM is coordinating the evacuation of some residents of Haddonfield Mews in Haddonfield, and Habitat Apartments and a nearby mobile home park in Cherry Hill.  Because of the threat of rising water levels downstream of Evans Pond and the Cooper River, we strongly recommend that residents in both of these areas find an alternant place to shelter.

To assist, Cherry Hill has opened a shelter at Cherry Hill East High School, 1750 Kresson Road in Cherry Hill.

Camden County has opened a regional shelter at Camden County College’s Blackwood Campus inside the Gymnasium at College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road, Gloucester Township. The Office of Emergency Management has coordinated with the Red Cross and Kennedy University Hospital to provide staffing and security. The shelter is staffed by the Red Cross, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers and Community Animal Response Team (CART) volunteers.

The Camden County OEM recommends that residents remain in their homes whenever possible. As a reminder, please look in on your neighbors and the elderly during this storm.

For more information on Hurricane Sandy and Camden County’s response, go to www.camdencounty.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute briefings.

Hurricane Sandy Update
 Press release TIME 3:30PM


Now that Hurricane Sandy is coming closer to landfall, the region is starting to feel the effects of the 1,000 mile wide Category 1 storm.  The storm is about 100 miles off of the coast of New Jersey and is still heading directly for the state. At this point the Camden County Emergency Operation Center has been operating since 7 p.m. last night, and monitoring the storm for more than a week. All crews and essential personnel are in and all personal and vacation time has been revoked to combat this storm.


The Camden County Freeholder Board declared a local state emergency yesterday at 4 p.m. that has deemed all nonessential travel as hazardous. The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) continues to reinforce the road restrictions so Department of Public Works (DPW) crews can combat the storm. Freeholder Ian Leonard is on the roads inspecting hot spots throughout the County.

We are asking all residents and anyone working in Camden County to get off the roads and stay home.  At this point our crews are in the elements clearing inlets and assessing damage from trees and other debris. Furthermore, throughout this event stay away from all downed wires and lines no matter what utility.  

Current effects of the storm have created road closings, travel restrictions, localized flooding and downed trees. There have been reported power outages by both electrical utilities and those utilities are working directly with the County to keep residents informed.
Current road closings as reported into the OEM:
  • Several blocks of River Road has been closed in Camden City.
  • Creek Road is closed in Bellmawr
  • Kaighn Avenue is closed in Camden City and Pennsauken
  • Parts of Chapel Avenue are under water in Cherry Hill

It should be noted that any calls about power outages should be directed to the utilities and the Camden County 911 emergency system should be used for emergencies only.
The Camden County OEM opened a regional shelter at Camden County College’s Blackwood Campus inside the Gymnasium at College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road, Gloucester Township. The Office of Emergency Management has coordinated with the Red Cross and Kennedy University Hospital to provide staffing and security. The shelter is staffed by the Red Cross, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers and Community Animal Response Team (CART) volunteers. I also want to take this opportunity to ask everyone to look in on your neighbors and the elderly during this storm.  

County closings due to Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday, Oct. 30, include:

  • Camden County Government Offices will be closed
  • The Camden County Library System will be closed
  • Classes will be cancelled at Camden County College
  • The Camden County Board of Social Services will be closed
  • The Camden County Parks will be closed
  • All Camden County events will be cancelled
  • The Camden County Technical School will be closed

For more information on Hurricane Sandy and Camden County’s response, go towww.camdencounty.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute briefings.

BELOW: Water floods Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light, N.J., and the surrounding area, Oct. 29, 2012, as Hurricane Sandy moves into the area. The storm is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and coastal hurricane winds.

photo credit: U.S. Department of Defense

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