RAINBOW OVER OUR BEAUTIFUL NAVESINK

rainbow1A redbankgreen reader sent us this photo, taken from upper floor of the Riverview Towers highrise on Riverside Avenue in Red Bank Sunday after Hurricane Tropical Storm Irene blew through. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: JUST A BIT DAMP AT THE EDGES

Red Bank borough administrator and fire marshal Stanley Sickels, interviewed by redbankgreen in Marine Park Sunday morning, says the town escaped the wrath of Hurricane Irene.

That truck in the video is one that was donated to the town by the City of Long Branch last Thursday.

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WHAT WE’RE HEARING 4

Caption on YouTube video says ‘Hurricane Irene Flooding at McLoone’s Rum Runner in Sea Bright.’

Telephone pole snapped in half between first and second bridges to Barley Point Island, Rumson, 7:40 am…

Middletown side of Oceanic Bridge flooded, Rumson cops coning off access, 7:49…

SALVATION ARMY TAKES IN NURSING HOME

just_in1Emergency officials have brokered a deal under which the Red Bank Salvation Army facility will provide temporary shelter for most of the 113 elderly patients of a nursing home ordered evacuated Saturday in the face of Hurricane Irene.

Borough emergency management coordinator Tommy Welsh tells redbankgreen that under a deal facilitated by the Monmouth County and state offices of emergency management 80 resident of the Chapin Hill at Red Bank nursing home will be moved just two blocks away, to higher ground, at the Salvation Army building on Newman Springs Road.

“We thought at this point it would be a home run if we could just move them up the hill,” Welsh said, noting that the four-story nursing home on Chapin Avenue is just yards from the Swimming River, in a flood zone. “If, god forbid, something should happen down there, we wouldn’t be able to get to them.”

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SEA BRIGHT: BATTENED DOWN FOR STORM

Under an order to evacuate by 4 p.m. Saturday, residents and businesses owners boarded up properties, turning Sea Bright into a ghost town as Hurricane Irene approached.

Photos by Peter Lindner for redbankgreen.

RIVERSIDE NURSING HOME, APARTMENT COMPLEX ORDERED EVACUATED IN RED BANK

chapinBuses and ambulances on the scene at Chapin Hill at Red Bank nursing home preparing to move 113 patients, many of them wheelchair-bound. (Photo by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

just_in1Authorities ordered the evacuation of the low-lying Chapin Hill at Red Bank nursing home Saturday as Hurricane Irene neared, packing winds of 90 miles per hour in North Carolina yet leaving the anxious Jersey Shore eerily calm.

Also affected by an evacuation order was the 40-unit Locust Landing apartment complex on Locust Avenue, Tommy Welsh, coordinator of Red Bank’s Emergency Management Committee, tells redbankgreen.

A 1 p.m., two buses and an ambulance were on the scene of the nursing home, on Chapin Avenue near the Newman Springs Road bridge over the Swimming River, preparing to relocate 113 patients.

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GULP.

irene-sledger-082611Have they got your attention now?

The front page of today’s Star-Ledger is dominated by a single story, headlined “N.J.’s MOST DEVASTATING STORM EVER?’ (Click to enlarge)

From NJ.com, the Sledger’s website:

New Jersey is wearing the bull’s-eye for what could turn out to be the state’s worst storm ever, a Category 2 hurricane packing winds that could reach 100 mph, pushing a wall of water from the ocean as high as 12 feet and spreading floodwaters to inland towns.

Clearly, the newspaper reflects the consensus judgment of experts that we’re in for a potentially catastrophic storm come Sunday as Hurricane Irene lumbers north along the East Coast, with threat levels classified as “extreme” from the Carolinas to New England.