New Jersey weather: Coastal storm brings more flooding to the shore

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (WPVI) — Jersey shore residents are still grappling with flooding from a coastal storm but conditions are expected to improve on Wednesday.

Tuesday afternoon’s flood between 4 p.m. (Atlantic City) and 5 p.m. (Cape May) will be the last moderate flooding, according to AccuWeather. Early morning tide on Wednesday morning is expected to be low.

In towns like Sea Isle and Wildwood, roads became rivers.

Atlantic City activated its flood mitigation plan on Sunday, providing resources such as flood craft and flat-bottomed boats.

Drivers parked in low-lying areas of Atlantic City have been urged to bring their cars to the Wave Parking Garage, where there is free parking until noon Thursday.

The siren system, normally used to warn youths about curfews, sounds when floods are imminent.

“If you hear those sirens and it’s not 10 a.m., that means move your car. Flooding is happening in those areas,” said Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small.

Ilene Rennard needs a new garage door for her seaside home in Sea Isle City.

“The bottom panel of the garage door gets taken off regularly because people go through the storm quickly,” Rennard said.

She says the last few days during the flood have been nerve-wracking, with intermittent a foot or two of water in her first-floor garage.

Her neighbor put up a “NO WAKE” sign to discourage people from speeding through the floodwaters.

“It’s just splashing and banging against the doors of the property on the first floor,” Rennard said.

City officials also issued a statement discouraging motorists from driving through flooded streets.

Portions of Landis and Central Avenue were flooded at high tide as a coastal low impacted by the remnant of Hurricane Ian overhangs our area.

Beach erosion was another problem. Early reports indicate significant erosion, but officials won’t really know the extent until later in the week.

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