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People in NJ's Sandy-Torn Towns "May Want to Leave"

By Karen Araiza
|  Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013  |  Updated 3:43 PM EDT
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Oct. 30, 2012: Cars sit in flood waters from Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012 in Toms River, New Jersey.

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People who live in some of New Jersey's barrier islands and flood-prone mainland communities are being told to consider moving to higher ground. These are sections of Brick Township and Toms River in Ocean County that were hit very hard by Hurricane Sandy in October and are still very much in recovery mode.

"On the barrier island side, you'll see houses knocked down, in shambles, and some still on their sides," said NBC10's Ted Greenberg who covers the Jersey Shore.

In Brick Township, residents in flood-prone barrier island and mainland sections are asked to move their cars, and if necessary, go somewhere else. You can move your to car to any township parking lot on Friday before 4 p.m. and then after that, to any school parking lot as well.

In Toms River, the Office of Emergency Management issued a Voluntary Evacuation that starts today at 6 p.m. Acting Director, Paul Daley says because of the possibility of flooding, people who don't feel comfortable staying in their homes during the storm, should consider staying with family or friends.

Sandy dramatically changed the landscape in the Barnegat Bay, and that's made areas that were already flood-prone, even worse.

"The common thought on that is because the landscape in the Barnegat Bay was changed so dramatically -- there's so much debris and sand in the bay -- it's causing low-lying areas to flood much more easily than before Sandy," Greenberg said.

"They’ve seen serious tidal flooding post-Sandy during what used to be considered minor flooding events. Now we're talking about moderate tidal flooding, across the board. That's why you start hearing about these voluntary evacuations."

A Coastal Flood Warning is in effect until 11 a.m. on Saturday along all of our shorelines.

If you need help moving to higher ground, in Brick Township, you should call the police department at 732-262-1100.

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