New Jersey’s coastal towns remain vulnerable to additional flooding

New Jersey’s coastal towns are still vulnerable to more coastal flooding during the afternoon and early morning high tide cycles.

High tide began hitting the barrier island communities after 3 p.m. today. For Atlantic City high tide came in around 3:54 p.m with the water 6 feet higher than normal. The next high tide will hit approximately 12 hours later. Coastal Flood Warnings remain in effect for the entire Jersey Shore until Friday 9 a.m.

On Long Beach Island, NewsWorks contributor Sandy Levine said portions of Central Avenue in Ship Bottom were entirely covered by shallow water around 4:45 p.m. (map). 

Earlier this afternoon the U.S. Coast Guard released three aerial photos of Ocean City, N.J. that showed widespread but shallow flooding. Despite how it looks Frank Donato, the city’s emergency management coordinator, told the Ocean City Gazette, “it’s not that bad. All in all we got pretty lucky,” said Donato, “There was some flooding in low-lying neighborhoods, but it wasn’t as bad as we feared it might be.”

500 homes were flooded in Atlantic City, according to a The Star-Ledger report at 1 p.m. Thomas Foley, the city’s emergency management coordinator, told the paper that many of the homes that flooded in this storm were damaged during Hurricane Sandy.

 

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