By Briana Vannozzi
Waves pounded the surf in Brigantine, Atlantic County. Forty to 50 mph wind gusts paired with pelting rain made it tough for neighbors to do anything, but hunker down.
“I know during Sandy, both the bay and the ocean met, the seawall broke, but this is still ridiculous,” said Dave Kopf.
“A lot of water, a lot of candles and everything for food, just make everything make sure your comfy at home,” said Myriam Aiella.
Joaquin may not be making landfall, but with another storm in the mix, residents in coastal towns know they’re not out of the woods yet.
“The main concern now is the car, because the streets flood and you’ve gotta go somewhere, so,” said Kathy Eouing.
“We’re looking at some of the high water table right now which is about 7.5 feet which will bring us close to most bulkhead locations by the bay. We don’t expect any life threatening or catastrophic event from this noreaster what so ever. But we are anticipating some flooding, which we’re prepared for,” said Brigantine Fire Department OEM Deputy Coordinator LT. Tim Daley.
At high tide, rising floodwaters flowed through neighborhoods. No one was ordered to evacuate here, though Gov. Chris Christie made special note about preps for the southern most counties expected to be hit hardest.
“All the flood buser trucks are ready and and in place, from the fire department aspect we have high wheeled vehicles like the two ton truck behind us and that’s been fueled up and ready to go. All the generators have been serviced, they’ve been checked,” said Daley.
Brigantine received about $3 million in post-Sandy infrastructure grants. That storm was a curse and a gift according to the county OEM offices we spoke with today, because now they’re prepared.
“Personnel are in place from the OEM side and we have shelter that’s been identified and if that’s needed,” Daley said.
Residents who didn’t heed warnings to pull their boats, may be regretting that. This metal pontoon slamming against a seawall is all that’s left of a cruiser. Thankfully, emergency management officials say we’ve missed the brunt of it.
“When we looked at it initially, we looked at a 1-2 punch of a noreaster with really high water tables with a stacking effect coming in off the coast with even more high surge and high water predicted and winds the fact that its taken an offshore turn is gonna help that water recede a lot faster,” Daley said.
Now they’ll just have to wait it out.