Storm leaves beach erosion at the Jersey shore

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Large cliffs were eroded on several beaches along the Jersey shore following the storm that soaked our area for several days.

The waves have taken their toll in North Wildwood.

“Unfortunately, the berm in front of the dunes has completely disappeared, meaning that every high tide is flushed directly into our dune system. We’ve lost over 50 feet of dune at this point,” North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello said Wednesday.

Now the concern is the next coastal storm.

Rosenello turned to the state Department of Environmental Protection for help, saying that due to the damage, driving sand from Wildwood is no longer an option.

“That really leaves our only alternative being an offshore dredger, and for that we really need the State of New Jersey, the NJ DEP, to work with us,” Rosenello said.

He says the state agency for emergency management is down to assess the damage.

There are also plans to lengthen the steel bulkhead in the 15th Avenue area for more protection.

The storm has eaten away at the beaches along the coast.

Harvey Cedars on Long Beach Island has 10-foot bluffs where beach entrances used to be.

Rehoboth Beach in Delaware was also hit, and city officials are asking people to stay away from wires and sharp debris while crews clean up.

Avalon has significant beach erosion from 12th to 22nd Streets.

There is a planned beach fill with the Army Corps of Engineers before the summer, but if another storm comes, the county may have to act.

“We have ongoing authorization from the DEP to return sand if it needs to, so we can move on to that,” Avalon Emergency Management Coordinator Ed Dean said. “The dune system provides protection for the island and when we get to erosion like that, that’s why it’s so worrying, because we need to conserve these dunes.”

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