Weather Update: Wednesday’s Storm

baflThe entire State of NJ had an inordinate amount of rain this past Wednesday and Thursday.  Unfortunately, Mantoloking also received a licking from a strong Nor’Easter.  During the Nor’Easter, we had one minor breach on East Avenue.  In Bay Head, water actually came over the rocks in one place.  This storm is a case study on why a replenished beach is needed— A steel wall or rocks alone will not do the trick— we need sand in front of any structure placed at the dune line.
As with all Nor’Easters, at the tail end, the wind shifts from North East to South.  A hardy South wind coupled with a full moon and high tide brought significant amounts of Bay flooding to town.  This flooding resulted in the closure of many of the side streets in town.  Although worrisome, this is a common event that we experienced for many, many years prior to Sandy.  The extent of flooding was also increased and prolonged by the ongoing DOT work in many parts of town.
The sun is now shining and hopefully this was the last storm of a very busy winter season!