A look at Long Beach Island, NJ
Long Beach Island is a low lying barrier island and, as such, is prone to flooding from tides and rain.
Storms and extreme tides can cause the island to flood. In the case of rain, the drains can be quickly overwhelmed. In the case of tidal flooding, bay water backs up through the storm drains into the streets.
In the case of rain, the water is fresh water. However, in the case of Tidal flooding, the water is salt water. People run their cars through the standing water not realizing the corrosion damage that the salt can cause.
In some cases, you can actually see minnows in the street as a result of tidal flooding.
Check out our LBI Webcams page for a list of webcams on the island to allow real-time monitoring of flooding.
The flood heights can range from minor annoying puddles to destructive floods.
The height of the flooding resulting from Hurricane Sandy surpassed the flooding of the March 1962 Storm. The picture below is of a home that was not flooding in the 1962 storm. However, Sandy resulted in several feet of water in the first floor. The blue line indicates the approximate maximum height of the water based on interior and exterior waterlines. This house was about a block and a half from the bay in North Beach Haven.
Bay Avenue in Beach Haven was completely flooded. Thanks Bob Dunlap for sending the two photos below. The photo below was taken from the front door of Fred’s Diner.
This is typical tidal flooding. This is salt water. If you go through it with your vehicle or bicycle, you should rinse it as soon as possible.
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