Keansburg, New Jersey evacuates ahead of Hurricane Irene
By GARY BAUMGARTEN
Keansburg, a town along the Raritan Bay which leads into New York harbor and the Atlantic Ocean, is under a mandatory evacuation order.
Business owners are scurrying to put plywood up over their windows before Hurricane Irene’s unwelcome visit.
Some people are getting out of town ahead of the official start of the evacuation, Saturday at 5 PM. But others needed some convincing. Firefighters are going door-to-door with evacuation notices, and taking the names and addresses of those who are insistent that they must stay behind. That way they can account for everyone if the town, as is expected, floods, loses power and telephone service and is temporarily isolated from the outside world.
The famed Keansburg water park and boardwalk were open late Friday afternoon. But it was hardly worth the effort. Parking places, normally at a premium, were plentiful as tourists got the message to not come to the Jersey Shore. At least not until Irene leaves, damage is assessed and repairs are made.