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Tent City at Racetrack Now Housing Evacuees

Hundreds were moved to Monmouth Park as temporary shelters around the area begin to shut down.

 

As local shelters set up to house those displaced by the ravages of Hurricane Sandy begin to close, hundreds of evacuees were moved to the giant tents erected at Monmouth Park for shelter on Wednesday, according to the Wall Street Journal.

”Owners of the original shelters told us the needed to go back to normal business,” said Red Cross spokeswoman Anne Marie Borrego.

According to the article, about two dozen buses from Monmouth University brought evacuees -- many of them old and disabled -- to be sheltered at the racetrack site that consists of about a dozen giant white tents that are bolted to the ground. They were joined by evacuees from other local shelters, and Red Cross workers were told to expect up to 2,000 to arrive on Wednesday.

The "tent city" was erected to serve as staging and a hospitality site for the thousands of utility workers that have descended in Monmouth County to help restore power to residents following Hurricane Sandy.

Oceanport Mayor Michael Mahon told Patch that he anticipated the tents to remain up and running for a minimum of two more weeks.

shannon November 07, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Doesn't seem like a safe place to be in a nor'easter!
Patrick Gleason November 08, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Better than a house with no power or heat.
shannon November 08, 2012 at 02:05 AM
True, but that won't be the case if the 60mph winds destroy the tents.
Peter Koenig November 08, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Are these refugees whose homes were damaged, or refugees with intact homes but no power? If the latter, JCPL should feed and house them - in hotel rooms, not tents.
colleen November 08, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Is the housing on Fort Monmouth being used at all?
William November 08, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Really makes you wish they'd turn the lights on and unlock a few doors at Ft Monmouth. It seems like a shame that thousands of empty housing units sit vacant while so many are in dire need.
William Staub November 08, 2012 at 05:45 PM
This is a great idea and comment! Are they using the old housing in Forth Monmouth? It may need a some utilities turned on or tuned up but it sounds like the perfect, temporary solution to the displaced! Isn't it Federal land?
nancy obermiller November 08, 2012 at 11:45 PM
The housing at Ft Monmouth is being used to house all the temp workers that are in town..
Joshua Cardinal November 09, 2012 at 12:48 PM
does anyone know if there is someone to contact in regards to donations for the tent city...I would like to donate beer to them
Bobby Lean January 29, 2013 at 06:16 PM
I could have used a beer when I was staying there.

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