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Sandy Strikes: Ongoing Updates for Cinna, Pal, Riv

The township's emergency command center will be staffed 24/7.

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UPDATE MONDAY, 8:30 P.M.: Hurricane Sandy has hit landfall in Atlantic City. Click here for information.

UPDATE MONDAY, 7:15 P.M.: Both the Tacony-Palmyra and the Burlington Bristol bridges are now closed.

UPDATE MONDAY, 5 P.M.: There are reports of a few downed trees and the creek in West Branch Woods off Stephen Drive flooding. We haven't heard many reports of local power outages yet. Our Moorestown Patch editor lost power at 4:30 so it could be coming our way.

UPDATE MONDAY, 10 A.M.: Trick-or-treating in Cinnaminson has been postponed until Friday. No word from Palmyra or Riverton yet. 

UPDATE MONDAY, 3:30 A.M.: The Forklanding Road bridge is closed.

UPDATE SUNDAY, 8:30 P.M.: A Red Cross emergency shelter will be set up in at the community center in Palmyra (capacity 200) beginning at 9 a.m. Monday. 

UPDATE SUNDAY, 8 P.M.: The following lots are available for resident parking: VIP Auto Sales, River Road; Presidential Center, Rt. 130; and the Shoppes at Cinnaminson, Cinnaminson Avenue.  

UPDATE SUNDAY, 4:30 P.M.: Cinnaminson schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday. St. Charles is closed Monday and Tuesday. The township building will be closed Monday.

UPDATE SUNDAY, 3 P.M.: Palmyra Borough Hall will be closed for normal business on Monday. A determination will be made on Monday if normal business will resume on Tuesday. 

UPDATE SUNDAY, 1 P.M.: According to Mayor Don Brauckmann, public works will be fully staffed today, picking up leaves first in the township's flood-prone sections, then in the township's low-lying areas, then to the bulk of the township.

However, all neighborhoods may not be cleared before the storm.

"They will be trying to get as much as they can," Brauckmann said. "We are aggressively trying to manage this as best we can."

At the storm's height, the township will concentrate on crisis areas.

UPDATE Sunday, 12:20 p.m.: The township's office of emergency management is asking residents to consider moving from the second floor of their homes when sleeping to avoid fallen trees or branches.

UPDATE SUNDAY, 10:30 a.m.: Palmyra officials are asking residents who live in low-lying areas to seek alternate shelter. 

ORIGINAL STORY: Cinnaminson is "well-prepared" for Hurricane Sandy's arrival in a couple days, according to Public Safety Director Michael P. King, who is part of the township's emergency management team.

The team has met three times over the last couple days to make sure the township and its residents are doing everything to prepare for the storm.

On Sunday, the public works department will be checking out the township's low-lying areas that are prone to flooding and will be picking up leaves. Leaves will only make matters worse, so the National Weather Service in Mt. Holly and Cinnaminson officials are encouraging residents to keep storm drains clear for drainage.

Cinnaminson's emergency management team will operate a command center, staffed 24/7, starting at 8 a.m. Monday until 8 p.m. Wednesday.

"If we have widespread outages," King said, "we'll extend that."

King said emergency officials will be very "fluent" with its residents as the storm progresses.

"Everybody is working really well together," he said. "We feel like we're well-prepared."

The emergency team will hold a conference call Sunday, too.

"If there's anything we need to modify, we'll do that," King said.

The latest weather report from the National Weather Service in Mt. Holly shows the path of the storm has moved slightly north and east but the potential for severe impact to our region remains.

High wind watches, flood watches and coastal flood watches remain in effect. 

To see the latest report, click here

On Saturday, the emergency management team contacted residents through Global Connect, an emergency messaging service, telling residents who live in flood-prone areas to seek alternate shelter during the storm.

"We're asking everybody to cooperate," King said.

To follow Cinnaminson Patch's coverage of Hurricane Sandy, follow our page here. There, you will find updated weather information, safety tips, cancellations, and more.

The message sent is reprinted below:

This is an important message from the Cinnaminson Township Police Department and the Cinnaminson Office of Emergency Management regarding the forecasted weather for our area.

All citizens living in flood prone and low-lying areas are asked to plan now for re-location with friends or family. Those with medical conditions requiring electric should consider developing a contingency plan in the event of a power outage.

Those in flood prone areas are asked to move any vehicles parked in the roadway beginning Sunday evening. The following lots are available for residents parking: VIP Auto Sales on River Road, Presidential Center on Rt. 130 and the Shoppes at Cinnaminson on Cinnaminson Avenue. 

Homeowners are reminded that tree branches and leaves should NOT be in the street as they can lead to blocking storm drains, and flooding roads. Any loose items such as patio furniture, decorations, lawn signs and trash cans should be stored securely to prevent them from causing damage or injury. 

Refer to the www.FEMA.gov website to learn more about emergency preparedness. Further updates will be provided as information becomes available. 

John October 27, 2012 at 11:23 PM
This is really amazing, on Friday I was watching people blow leaves into the street on willow drive, I guess they are assuming that the pick up is next week....Do they not know that the first full week is Nov 5, not next week....Those people should be given a summons for there stupidity.....We are not in a flood zone...oh well....people will be people.....
Dan Reynolds October 27, 2012 at 11:41 PM
I was just confused as to why people are even bothering to clean up leaves on lawns at all.
Ric October 28, 2012 at 01:52 PM
I just hope the Wayne Drive Bridge and the two on Parry hold up. August passed and the Devon Road Bridge is still not open. Otherwise I will be living in an island community.
Nancy VanTwistern October 28, 2012 at 02:14 PM
John, some people just 'live in their own little world'.....even this morning I see 'stuff' in many yards that's going to be blown all over the place....maybe even into my own house? Some are just naturally irresponsible and uncaring about all but their own.
John October 28, 2012 at 04:06 PM
@Nancy, your right about that, people do not care....this morning the public works dept was out picking up leaves ---- I just hope they issue summons to the people that had leaves in there front street....we cannot do anything about the ones that blow with the wind but the others should pay the PRICE..
Tim Cash October 28, 2012 at 05:52 PM
does anyone know what parts of Palmyra are considered Low-Lying. I can't seem to find any information on the web.
Christina Paciolla (Editor) October 28, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Tim, I'm actually trying to find that information out. If anybody knows, please comment.
Bethanne Murray October 28, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Do we have any information on school closings?
Christina Paciolla (Editor) October 28, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Not yet. The emergency management officials in Cinnaminson will have a conference call today at 4 p.m. and after that, will make determinations. I would be surprised if school is not closed. But we will present that information as an update to this article as soon as we get it. Make sure you check back here often and share with your friends and family.
Lindsay October 28, 2012 at 07:06 PM
How do I know if I live in a flood prone or low-lying area? I moved to Palmyra Harbour a few months ago and this storm will be my first.
John October 28, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I believe that at the closing on the property U should have been told in writing if U were in a flood zone....I also believe that insurance should have been offered do not know if I helped...have a good one
Dean October 28, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Normally, the places that flood in town are along the creeks..fork landing, the creek side of Cinnaminson Ave, Devon Road area, East Riverton, and Taylor's Farm. This storm will carry an unusually high storm surge and coupled with the full moon, tides will be extremely high. Therefore, normal areas that flood will be deeper and the water higher than normal which means there is a chance that places not normally affected may have flooding this time around.
Barb October 28, 2012 at 08:27 PM
St. Charles Borromeo School is closed for Monday and Tuesday. Holy Cross HS is closed for Monday.
Ruth Mays October 29, 2012 at 12:38 AM
You can check the interactive Google map, which shows where surge may happen in Palmyra. There will be a Red Cross shelter at the Palmyra Community Center as of 7am Monday. http://google.org/crisismap/sandy-2012
agent itchy October 29, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Leaves in the street result in water pollution. Excessive amounts of dried leaves is a source of pollution because they contain significant amounts of soluble nutrients, including phosphorus. When heavy loads of dried leaves wash into streams from storm drains and sewers, the nutrients cause algae blooms that turn the water bright green and cut off oxygen. This often results in fish being killed. A lack of oxygen causes the algae life to eventually die off, making the stream brown and smelly and damaging to the waterway's ecosystems. Property owners should rake leaves only to a grassy area along the road where runoff water can soak through leaves and into soil. This prevents water from pooling with leaves that wait on streets and curbsides, which allows the decaying nutrients to wash into storm drains. I highly recommend back yard composting.
FbS October 29, 2012 at 12:42 PM
hope everyone is doing well. Rain not so bad here as of yet. Looks like the total amount and wind gusts have been scaled back to almost half that was yesterday according to my pay service work weather info people.
John October 29, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Thats good Frank, the storm has not hit yet and if your paying for the weather your losing money, make sure U do not drive your car b/c if might get stuck in the WATER.. Hope your having a great day...
FbS October 30, 2012 at 12:50 AM
And my pay service forecast was right John. About 4" rain.. Which is what we got.

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