Wind, tides spur flooding along parts of New Jersey shore
SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. (AP) — High tides and strong winds caused flooding in some parts of the New Jersey shore Friday.
No major problems were reported. But Sea Bright’s fire department conducted numerous rescues of people who had become stranded in flood waters overnight Thursday into Friday morning in the particularly flood-prone community, which is wedged between the ocean and the Shrewsbury River.
Ocean City and Ventnor opened schools two hours late Friday to let flood waters subside before parents and school buses tried to navigate the roadways. And Wildwood closed a bridge into the city during the morning high tide.
Parts of Long Beach Boulevard, the main road through Long Beach Island, also were impassible Friday morning because of flooding. By midday, the road was passable although standing water remained in several spots, slowing traffic and causing geysers of spray when a vehicle drove through the water too quickly.
Some low-lying neighborhoods in Atlantic City also were experiencing flooding Friday morning.
Surging surf was expected to cause some beach erosion. Roiling waves covered newly replenished beaches in Bay Head, Brick Township, Point Pleasant Beach and other locations, with the surf reaching to the base of newly burnished sand dunes.
Another round of flooding is expected with the evening high tide starting around 7 p.m. Friday.