Analysis: Is More Flooding the New Normal for NJ?

Friday, December 21, 2012

A view of Toms River, New Jersey, following heavy rain. (Juliane Bilotta/Jersey Shore Hurricane News)

High wind and heavy rain caused delays at local airports, thousands of power outages throughout our region, and flooding in places along the shore in New Jersey Friday.

Justin Auciello, who runs Jersey Shore Hurricane News, has been amassing photos and reports from residents on his site. He said some of them are reporting up to a foot of water in the streets, in areas like Brick Township and Toms River.

“Based upon the firsthand reports of the people who have lived in these communities, some of whom have lived here for decades, they’re saying that this is totally abnormal and they’re quite concerned for, you know, for their homes, for their property,” he said.

He said some are even wondering if this is “a new normal” for New Jersey.

New Jersey’s State Climatologist isn’t quite convinced. But David Robinson does believe Sandy changed the topography of some waterways.

"That would redistribute the tidal waters, and perhaps make some areas more vulnerable than they were prior to the storm," he explained.

But, he said, it remains to be seen whether that's a permanent change.

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Comments [3]

johncpaily from Mangalore

We are paying the price of our ignorance of energy cycle of nature and our mismanagement of the environment. Two basic and simultaneous opposing forces govern the energy cycle of nature and sustain the climate. When Sun and its force [light/heat] unwinds on one side of earth, earth [matter] and its force winds or cools the other side. The cyclic climatic change manifest when these two principle force give way to one another smoothly over period of time. When environmental heat is pushed up unilaterally and time period given to earth to cool is shortened it breaks the principle and design on which nature functions. This leads to Accelerated Climate Change leading huge destruction by fire/wind, flash floods/ snows and earth quakes. The end event would be huge volcanic eruptions that can cripple civilization and cool earth. Nature is not designed for human self and nations oil based economic interest and power – awaken we are on the edge. Knowledge can help us survive and enter the Golden Age – We need to review and redefine the knowledge on which we are founded and act to survive and live on. Someone help me spread the knowledge. It is life time work without self and obtained by Grace-

Dec. 23 2012 07:48 PM
Steven D. from Toms River NJ

If you look,yesterday 12/21/12 @ 08:06 was low tibe at Island Beach State Park.Had it been high tide,the flooding on the barrier island would have been worse.Get ready !This IS the new norm.

Dec. 22 2012 04:19 PM
Steven Erb

The amount of sand that is in the bay is monumental. If 80,000 Tons to fix a small piece of the Mantoloking bridge is a pimple on a cows butt. The sand that went in just filled the Bay up and not only the Waterway's opening up. THE SAND IN THE BAY CHANGE THE SIZE OF THE PAIL. To put it in lamens terms. No doub't. I think were in trouble…I grew up in Mantoloking. It's unreal there….

Dec. 22 2012 02:59 PM

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