New Jersey weather: Coastal flooding expected to worsen at the Jersey Shore

OCEAN CITY, NJ (WPVI) — Drivers in Atlantic City said they were caught off guard when heavy rain, gusty winds and high tides left puddles of water on the road.

Several cars were stranded in flood waters across the city as the effects of the coastal storm continue to hit the region.

“You just don’t know how high it is until you stand on it. Then I realized, oh my god, there was nothing I could do,” Kellie Iacovone said. “The water was up to my thighs.”

Earlier in the day, more cars struggled to get through major intersections.

In Sea Isle City, the streets looked more like rivers. The Action Cam captured a postal delivery truck making its way through floodwaters.

Wildwood experienced significant flooding that trapped people in their homes and off certain streets for hours.

“I walk barefoot six blocks just to get where I need to go in the freezing cold water,” said Colleen Reichardt of Wildwood.

With a coastal flood warning in effect through Tuesday night, the flooding is expected to only get worse.

“As you know we are on a offshore island, flooding is always an issue. Today and tomorrow is one of those days,” said Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr.

Small urges people to take this storm and flooding seriously.

Atlantic City’s flood control plan was activated on Sunday.

“We bring in our flood vehicles. We’ll bring in the flat bottom boats. The police department is bringing in their flood Humvee vehicles to respond,” said Scott Evans, Atlantic City’s emergency management coordinator.

Severe flooding is expected on Route 30, Route 40, Melrose Avenue from Delaware to Massachusetts Avenues and the West End in Chelsea Heights.

Free parking will be offered to city residents through Thursday noon at the Wave parking garage on Mississippi and Fairmount streets.

In Ocean City, schools were dismissed early ahead of the flood and possible further flooding of the streets.

Waves raged in the bay on Monday afternoon as water inundated parts of Bay Avenue.

People say the last few days of wind and rain have been challenging.

“The waves are awful. Walking the dog is hard,” said Dennis Segich of Ocean City.

Cape May County director of emergency management Marty Pagliughi says some locations at lower elevations on the shore could experience major flooding before the storm passes.

“Today there were no bigger failures than we saw. We’re just waiting and holding our breath and crossing our fingers for today’s tide,” Pagliughi said.

As for beach erosion, early reports indicate significant beach erosion.

Officials say they won’t know the extent of the damage until later this week.

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