Mandatory Evacuation Ahead of Possible Dam Failure
The mayor and Cherry Hill's Office of Emergency Management ordered the evacuation along Park Boulevard.
Update, 10:35 a.m. Tuesday: The evacuation order has been rescinded.
Cherry Hill officials have ordered a mandatory evacuation for all residents along Park Boulevard near the Armory because of rising waters at the Evans Mill Dam and fears those conditions could cause a failure.
This evacuation applies to residents of the Farrell Place mobile home park, the Habitat Apartments and several homes between Sayre Avenue and the Park Place Condominiums. It does not include residents of the condominiums themselves.
Police and the fire department are at the mobile home park at this hour evacuating residents. Buses are available to whisk residents away from the area.
Residents are urged first to try to arrange stays with family or friends. An emergency shelter is also available at Cherry Hill High School East, 1750 Kresson Rd.
Water had nearly topped the dam by 5:30 p.m., and the main spillway and overflows were torrents of whitewater.
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