With Impending Hurricane, Lawrence and Some Far Rockaway Residents Leave En Masse for Shabbos


lawrence-far-rockaway-five-townsMatzav.com Hurricane Coverage: Lawrence, NY – The Village of Lawrence is urging residents, especially those in low-lying areas, to leave the area and go to a friend’s up north or in the city, its mayor said.

It will soon be shabbos and village officials are prepared to go around with a loudspeaker to make the latest announcements about Hurricane Irene and what people should do, Mayor Martin Oliner said. Village hall will remain open throughout the weekend. There is a coordinated effort with members of the police and fire departments as well as Hatzolah to prepare residents.

Matzav.com spoke with two Cedarhurst families, who related that the fear of serous flooding is very real.

“We are heading to relatives in Brooklyn,” Mrs. L. told Matzav.com. We are not taking any chances, though who knows what we’ll be faced with there. We all just have to daven.

“Those people who have been flooded in the past, take action now,” Mayor Oliner said. “Once it begins to rain, you pretty much will be stuck here. This isn’t a question. You can’t leave when there are 50 MPH winds. There may be a time where you’re stuck in your home with no phone – in one of the worst-case scenarios.”

Village officials will be waiting to hear the latest information, and will convene again at village hall at 9 a.m. or noon tomorrow, Oliner said.

“Based on predictions right now, people should make plans to leave,” he said. “If it wasn’t Shabbos, it’d be easy. All the rabbis agree that if it’s life threatening, they will tell people to leave.”

{Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter with the Five Towns Patch}