Residents Can Return to Homes in Point Beach

Officials announced on Wednesday afternoon that residents, property owners and business owners can check their properties

Residents, business owners and operators of properties owned and leased in Point Beach are now allowed to go back to their properties.

The town lifted the mandatory evacuation order east of the NJ Transit train tracks at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

However, police and government officials are urging extreme caution.

"Residents and business owners and operators are strongly urged to exercise extreme caution," a prepared statement says. "In many cases, structures in Point Pleasant Beach may not be in a safe condition and the permission to access those properties should not be construed in any way as a representation of the condition of the property."

"Also, as of the time of this announcement, there is no electrical service in the town and no definitive time when it is expected to resume.

"Residents and business owners and operators are strongly encouraged to confer with and retain, if necessary, experts in the areas of engineering, construction and utilities prior to entering their properties.

"Residents and business owners and operators should be aware that they enter their properties at their own risk and accept all responsibility for all known and  unknown consequences. Risks associated with entering properties include, but are not limited to, injuries and death because of structural damage, drowning, fire, explosion, electrocution and accidents of any kind.

The 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew and alcohol ban remain in effect until further notice. Violators will be subject to summons and arrest under a strict enforcement policy."

Mayor Vincent Barrella said on Wednesday that the oceanfront area has been severely damaged, that the entire length of boardwalk is either damaged or completely destroyed and that while Martell's Tiki Bar is still there, its pier is gone.


RBGold November 01, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Very grateful to you for keeping us informed throughout this horrific ordeal. We evacuated our home on New York ave. on Sunday to stay with relatives 30 miles inland. The AM1630 station we were told to monitor for information does NOT work outside the immediate area. :(. With no one to call and watching unspeakable tragedy unfold as we were glued to the television (until power was lost in Middlesex County), your Patch kept us informed with specific information for our area. Kudos to you and your team!
Denise Di Stephan November 01, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Thank you so much. I'm glad you and your loved ones are safe and I hope your home is OK.
Catherine Wilkins November 01, 2012 at 06:32 PM
I visited here a couple of years ago and loved it. I really hope your home is safe and that all this is destroyed can be repaired and made beeautiful again. Catherine Vancouver, BC Canada


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