Winter Storm Saturn Hits Long Beach Island, NJ: More Flooding Following Hurricane Sandy Damage [PHOTOS]
Long Beach Island, NJ was once again subjected to flooding following Winter Storm Saturn. Four months after the small beach community was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, the 18-mile long vacation destination was once again under water in some sections.
Rumors began to circulate on Wednesday, March 6 that a mandatory evacuation was set in place for LBI following the threat of the "Snowpocalypse." However the Long Beach Township Police Department informed residents that the evacuation was only voluntary. They released the following statement on LBTPD.Org:
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The current forecast through March 7th projects beach erosion, rain, snow, high wind and moderate to severe flooding. We recommend a voluntary evacuation of ocean front homes from 72nd st in Brant Beach to 84th st in Brighton Beach in addition to ocean front homes in Holgate. Expect, at times, for parts of Long Beach Blvd to be impassable on March 7. The high tide at 5:45 a.m., on March 7 is likely to flood parts of Long Beach Blvd on the south end of the island. Areas which are prone to bay flooding should secure property including moving cars to high ground. Monitor local weather sources and make plans in consideration of the forecast.
Late Wednesday evening pictures of the flooding began to be posted on Twitter and Facebook. Locals posted reports of the ocean pounding the embankment in Holgate, and approximately 4,200 homes were without power in the area.
[Click HERE to see a video pieced together of flooding on the Island by Kyle O'Leary.]
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