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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.

Steve November 08, 2012 at 12:49 PM
How do you move many of the old and disabled to Monmouth Park tents with freexing weather. The only thing protecting them was a thin piece of plastic. Maybe they should have opened Monmouth Park Racetrack instead.
Erica Melone November 08, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Does the tent city need volunteers? Last I heard they needed them from 7 am - 12 midnight. Also is this a good place for people to bring clothes, food, 'stuff'?
Robin Foster November 08, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Why haven't we heard anything about the use of housing at Fort Monmouth as temporary or long term alternate housing for displaced people? How about Chris Christie getting help from the Feds to get that opened up?
rosemary sternbach November 08, 2012 at 06:13 PM
ditto on the Fort Monmouth idea.......................
jim Apruzzi November 08, 2012 at 06:27 PM
i agree, with Fort Monmouth , it can house 1000s of people and have heat and power. along with mess halls to feed all these people
dainty November 26, 2012 at 05:40 AM
any updates?? Is this all our elderly and poor?
Amy Byrnes (Editor) November 26, 2012 at 02:25 PM
The shelter was scheduled to close at the end of last week: http://patch.com/A-zHlq Still no word on plans to use the fort for long term temporary housing.

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