Cinnaminson Is Prepared for Irene

Township officials put an emergency plan in place.

As Hurricane Irene prepares to visit the Cinnaminson area with the same high winds and rains now pummeling the southeast coast, township officials are preparing an emergency management system for local residents.

Hurricane Irene is slated to hit Burlington County early in the morning Sunday.

, , , emergency management and other township officials met Friday afternoon to come up with a plan of action.

“We’re ready, we’re well-prepared,” said Michael P. King, public safety director for Cinnaminson Police. “We’ve done everything in the last 48 hours that could be done.”

Part of Cinnaminson are prone to flooding, and the main message coming out of the meeting is to encourage anyone who lives in low-lying areas to voluntary leave the area and stay in higher, dryer places.

Lt. Tim Young drove through the township Friday morning to check the creek, river and sewers. Public Works cleared storm drains as much as possible the past couple of days, King said, and Saturday, police will be going door-to-door in those flood prone areas to remind residents of emergency plans.

“If it gets really bad,” King said, “at some point, the mayor can sign a emergency disaster declaration and mandate evacuations.”

Starting at 9 p.m. Saturday night, a round-the-clock emergency operations center will be manned by police, fire, EMS, emergency management and public works to coordinate efforts.

“All of us will be together at one of the emergency services buildings,” King said. “While Central is doing emergency calls, we can help alleviate other problems through this system.”

The has also partnered up with the township and will make available one or more of the school buildings for emergency shelter if needed.

That information will be released as needed.

“They will provide busing for us to evacuate our people from their residences if need be,” King said.

Also, the Burlington County Chapter of the American Red Cross announced it will name . More will open if there is a need.

Updated information, news and weather reports can be found right here at Cinnaminson Patch, but also broadcast on the township’s radio station found at 1620 AM.

Township officials are also asking residents to wait at least 12 hours after the storm is over to drive around the township.

“If people can stay in, it gives emergency crews time to clear streets,” Young said.

King added workers would clean up the township Sunday overnight so mostly everything is ready by Monday morning.

“Everyone is working together,” King said. “Everything is in place.”

For a list of phone numbers and websites to keep handy this weekend, click .

For a list of tips Cinnaminson residents need to know for Hurricane Irene, .

To track the storm, click here.

For information about Red Cross shelters, click .

John Obuchowski August 26, 2011 at 09:12 PM
In the event of power failure & water service, Fill your bath tube & bucket, for use of toilet. Water heater, 30-50 gals. drinking water !!!! Ret. Chief. CPD
Dawn seagraves August 26, 2011 at 09:43 PM
Christina thank you for the wonderful job of keeping us updated. My family and I greatly appreciate all you do.
Paula August 26, 2011 at 10:01 PM
Why did the township dump my huge pile of weeds and dirt on my lawn (which has been sitting there for months) when they could have taken it where it belongs? My grass is probably dead now. I understand they were clearing the roads because of flooding, but they could have just removed it instead of moving it!
Christina Paciolla (Editor) August 26, 2011 at 11:23 PM
We're glad you like Patch!
Eddy Iannuzzi August 27, 2011 at 12:09 AM
Probably more important things to do for the storm than clearing weeds. I'm sure if you put it out again after the storm they'll get it.
John Obuchowski August 27, 2011 at 11:52 AM
Make sure all family members know how to shut off Electric, Gas & Water Mains. Also, keep fire extinguishers handy. Power & phone lines down, cells phones maybe bogged.
Nancy VanTwistern August 27, 2011 at 12:37 PM
Just want to say that we are very happy with the way our township 'cleans up' our streets etc.....NOW if only some would park their cars 'off the street' so a better job could be done but realize that 'some' don't have the room to park all of their vehicles.
Joe August 27, 2011 at 01:35 PM
Township comes around to move all debris off street ( very logical under the impending storm forecast). Neighbor comes home from work and throws it back in the street. (dumb #). Make a call to our police dept. as this could be a potential safety concern because water "is" going to back up toward my property! As usual, they do nothing! This has been going on for over 24 years I have lived in Cinnaminson. It seems when you try and do the right thing, those in charge fall short on their duties!
John Obuchowski August 27, 2011 at 02:36 PM
Joe, Police Officers have no authority in regards to your complaint. They can only enforce certain laws & regulations. They don't drive front end loaders. Voice you complaint to the Town Council. I know what your talking about !!! Normal pick up is curb side. No stip, in regards to neighbors or bad weather. Feel for you !
Extension Area August 27, 2011 at 09:05 PM
Is there in fact a mandatory evacuation for certain areas of the township susceptible to flooding such as the extension area?
Christina Paciolla (Editor) August 28, 2011 at 12:40 AM
Extension Area, There are no mandatory evacuations at this time.
JimE August 29, 2011 at 02:18 PM
They got very lucky with the brush that the winds were not as bad as predicted. If it was all that crap would have been back in the street! Was not the brightest move. They could have removed it while they were pushing it around, especially on New Albany Road which is an Emergency Evacuation Route. Not very smart at all, but lucky for them they scaved the worst.
Nancy VanTwistern September 05, 2011 at 03:54 PM
Maybe they didn't remove it because there wasn't the time or the manpower or enough equipment to do the entire town before the 'storm'???????


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