Most of Shore Spared by Nor’easter

BY David Cruz, Senior Correspondent |

Note to Mother Nature: If you want to impress people in Monmouth County, you’ve got to do more than blow some wind and drop some sleet.

“It’s not that bad out. It’s just a little rain,” said Michael Morin.

There are not too many places open on Main Street. But Federico’s on Main Street in Belmar is doing great delivery business. Owner Michael Morin says he’s not impressed with this nor’easter.

“I said when I woke up this morning, eight to 12 inches, we weren’t coming in but it’s just a little rain,” he said. “I mean it’s a little flooding over there but nothing. Not much at all.”

The predictions were dire but down here on the shore there was mostly just sleet and freezing rain, no snow accumulations to speak of. There was some flooding around high tide this morning from the inlets and that left some cause for concern.

“We got through the beginning of the high tide this morning so now we’re anticipating the high tide later. What we need from Mother Nature is for the winds to calm down during the day to let the water recede. Otherwise, we’re going to have one high tide on top of another, which increases the chance of flooding here in Belmar,” said Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty.

From here it looks pretty intense, but Belmar actually had only minor flooding, comparatively speaking. Part of Route 35 had to be closed down until the water receded. But as the mayor — and anyone who lives around here will tell you — this isn’t so bad.

We’re in Manasquan. This is the Manasquan inlet, that’s Point Pleasant over there. When it comes to flooding in this area, this is the source.

Mayor Ed Donovan is also a little worried about tonight’s high tide but — especially when you think of what Sandy did to this region — Manasquan was unfazed. Still, the mayor wasn’t celebrating just yet.

“Especially when we have a lunar high tide, right, that’s higher than normal to begin with, and then when you have a storm where the wind is blowing out of the east or the northeast, it pushes all the water into the back bays, so as the tides come in, water has no place to go when the tide should normally go out. So one high tide builds on top of another and we wind up getting up to four or five feet higher than normal, which then covers our streets, some of our streets,” Donovan said. “Lucky today.”

There were some scattered power outages around Monmouth — about 1,500 customers in all — but no major property damage and no injuries reported. So, mostly a bullet dodged and if this was the lion part of March, the lamb part can’t be too far away.