CARTERET — Mayor Daniel Reiman offered this weather update:
“A state of Emergency has been declared for parts of NJ including Carteret-
“You are advised to stay off the roads. Industrial road from Roosevelt avenue in the Hill Section to the Turnpike and Roosevelt Avenue in the industrial zone are closed to vehicles due to flooding.
“Nathan Hale School on Roosevelt Avenue and the Carteret Middle School on Carteret Avenue are being utilized as voluntary evacuation centers and will remain open throughout the storm.
“Areas prone to flooding and residents with special needs are being advised to evacuate voluntarily – but our emergency shelters are open to all. We do have pet cages available at the shelters for those with pets- if you need to evacuate please remember your pets.
“There is a mandatory evacuation of parts of the Dalbert Street mobile home park and on Noe Street from Leick to Pershing.
“We are currently feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandy with partial flooding and downed utility lines. Remember downed lines pose a threat of injury and should be avoided.
“With high winds, additional power outages are foreseeable.
“The storm is expected to intensify this evening.
“Carteret is a coastal community and the National Weather Service anticipates a full moon with extreme high tide, meaning the highest risk of flooding will be after 9pm tonight.
“If you have a storm grate or catch basin in front of your home we do advise that you try to keep this clean of leaves and debris to mitigate potential flooding. If you see a potential hazard and need assistance call us at the Office of Emergency Management at 732.541.4007 or police HQ at 732.541.4181.
“For weather updates on central NJ you can tune to WCTC on the radio at 1450 AM and 101.5 FM
“Borough offices and the schools will remain closed tomorrow. Public works, emergency services and the mayor’s office will remain open.
“The effects of Hurricane Sandy will be felt for several days after the storm as the utility companies attempt to make repairs and to reinstates service to effected residents. Remember even after the storm there will be significant cleanup of the town, our streets and roads, parks and public and private property.
“There for the safety of the children and all of our residents – we are directing that all Halloween celebrations or trick or treating be postponed from Wednesday October 31st to Saturday Nov 3rd between the hours of noon to 6 p.m.
“Please stay safe and stay off the roads.”