Tidal Flooding Hits Some Neighborhoods, Breaches Reported on Barrier Island

No rescues, however, and few reports of water intrusion into homes

The midday high tide Thursday caused water to overflow bulkheads in some Brick Township neighborhoods, but no one had to be rescued and there were few reports of water intruding into residential homes.

Some streets, but not all, in the Shore Acres neighborhood were under water, and bay water was overflowing the lagoon along Paul Jones Drive in that area. Most streets, however, remained passable.

It was a similar story in the Cherry Quay section, where many streets were under water, but generally passable.

In Seawood Harbor and off St. Lawrence Boulevard, there was no obvious flooding, though it was clear the neighborhood had seen some very minor tidal flooding earlier judging by a small amount of debris in the road.

Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis said the township prepared for potential rescues and manned fire houses with personnel ready to help, but rescue crews were not needed.

On the barrier island, personnel were evacuated around 1 a.m., Acropolis said.

There were several small breaches on the island, though most could be described as water overflowing dunes rather than a true breach. By 1:30 p.m. Thursday, all of the breaches had been repaired, Acropolis said.

The mayor credited the township's construction of a sand berm along the entirety of the Brick oceanfront with helping to prevent more serious setbacks, including the possibility of a true breach.

There were more serious breaches in Mantoloking, however, Acropolis said.

By 2 p.m. Thursday, 56 customers out of about 35,000 total in Brick were out of power, according to Jersey Central Power & Light.

The traffic light at the intersection of Route 70 and Brick Boulevard was not functioning, however police were directing traffic and there were no delays in the area.

Jim December 28, 2012 at 04:09 AM
I would try to find a sucker if I were you. Get a second citizenship. You are going to need it.
Don Smith December 28, 2012 at 02:53 PM
So I see where towns are having property reassessed because of distruction. I trust with higher water levels, food zone elevations and poor dune protection that the land it's self is worth less than it was. It is not just about revaluing the buildings. Be honest if the land floods such you need to be up 6' above grade does that not effect land value?
Chief Wahoo December 28, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Live by the property tax bubble , die by the property tax bubble. POP !
Andy Pat December 28, 2012 at 04:21 PM
If this is "God speaking to us?", what is He trying to say? Get off the beach!
Paul Michaelis March 06, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Karen, this isn't true. The water level isn't higher because of debris because at low tide the bay still empties, it's not a corked bottle. If it's higher it's because of wind direction or a breach at the ocean front.


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