Stafford and Barnegat townships have issued voluntary evacuations for certain areas, and the Route 72 causeway to Long Beach Island will be closed at 4 p.m. Sunday, officials said.

The Stafford Township Office of Emergency Management on Saturday issued a voluntary evacuation of the Beach Haven West, Bayside Mud City, Cedar Bonnet Island, Mallard Island, Village Harbour and Cedar Run Dock Road areas.

Township police Lt. Thomas Dellane said in a news release that a mandatory evacuation order will be issued at noon Sunday.

The news release states that the National Weather Service has noted that flooding in all bay and lagoon communities in the township could reach as high as 5 to 7 feet above bulkheads.

At 4 p.m. Sunday, the Route 72 causeway will be shut to all traffic accessing Long Beach Island. Westbound lanes on the bridge will be closed when winds reach 40 mph, Dellane said.

Residents who are in need of shelter can go to Southern Regional High School’s 11-12 building on Route 9. The shelter will open at noon Sunday, and pets will not be permitted at the shelter, the release states.

Residents who want to move vehicles to higher ground are able to park in the gravel parking lot by the athletic fields on Cedar Bridge Road behind Southern Regional.

Any resident in need of evacuation assistance or transportation should call the Stafford Township police dispatch at 609-597-8581.

Residents are urged to monitor the Stafford Township website and Police Department Twitter account for updates. Police ask that residents limit phone calls to the department to emergency calls only.

In Barnegat Township, a voluntary evacuation was issued Saturday for all areas along and north of Bayshore Drive, including all lagoon streets, and the Pebble Beach and Crosswinds sections. The voluntary evacuation also includes areas east of Lower Shore Road from East Bay Avenue to the Stafford Township border and Mills and Powell Lanes, a news release states.

On Sunday, a mandatory evacuation will be in effect, and all residents have been advised to be out of the designated evacuation area by 6 p.m. After that, access to the evacuation area will be restricted, Barnegat police Lt. Keith Germain said.

In the Waretown section of Ocean Township, all areas east of Main Street, east of Seventh Street, and the Bay Parkway from Route 9 to the bay were under voluntary evacuation orders Saturday and mandatory evacuation orders by 6 p.m. today.

An emergency shelter will open at noon Sunday at the Brackman Middle School on Barnegat Boulevard North for residents of Barnegat and Ocean.

Residents are asked to contact Barnegat police at 609-698-5000 or Ocean police at 609-693-4007 for assistance with evacuations.

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