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Evacuation Order Issued For Low-Lying Areas Of Jersey City

Jersey City, NJ (file / credit: Evan Bindelglass for WCBS 880)

Jersey City, NJ (file / credit: Evan Bindelglass for WCBS 880)

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A mandatory evacuation order has been issued for low-lying areas in Jersey City.

“Due to the unprecedented intensity and scope of Hurricane Sandy, We are encouraging, If possible, all voluntary evacuees to seek shelter with family and friends first,” Mayor Jeremiah Healy said in a news release. “The numbers of residents who need to seek shelter from flooding are very well likely to be much larger than those affected by Irene.“

Affected residents must evacuate by 7 a.m. Monday.

The areas under a mandatory evacuation order include:

• Residents in ground-floor or first-floor buildings for all streets east of Green Street, from Essex Street north to Columbus Drive;

• Residents in ground-floor or first-floor buildings for all streets east of Washington Boulevard, from Columbus Drive north to 18th Street;

• Residents in ground-floor or first-floor buildings in Port Liberte;

• Residents in ground-floor or first-floor buildings in Society Hill and Country Village.

The Municipal Court will also be closed, and the New Jersey Incinerator Authority has suspended all garbage and recycling pickups.