Powerful March winter nor’easter causes damage, erosion at Jersey Shore

A nor'easter caused a portion of the wall separating the Manasquan Inlet from Point Pleasant Beach to collapse.

A nor'easter caused a portion of the wall separating the Manasquan Inlet from Point Pleasant Beach to collapse. (3/15/17)

POINT PLEASANT BEACH - A powerful winter nor’easter caused beach erosion and serious damage at the Jersey Shore.

A section of the wall separating the Manasquan Inlet from Point Pleasant Beach collapsed and the entire area experienced a lot of washing out due to storm surge.

The section of the wall that was damaged was slated to undergo a $600,000 repair from a combined effort of Point Pleasant Beach and the New Jersey DEP. A borough engineer tells News 12 New Jersey that they are working on a temporary fix for the time being.

Public records show that the wall was originally constructed almost 90 years ago.

The powerful storm also caused significant beach erosion. About 5-10 feet of beach was washed away in southern Ocean County. But officials say the sand dunes held up to the storm.

“The dunes are really just a lifesaver. As we learned during Sandy, [the dunes] really protected our town,” says Harvey Cedars Police Chief Robert Burnaford.

Toms River officials say some of the beach washed away in the Ortley Beach section of town. The area was slated for a federally funded beach replenishment system this spring. Officials say constantly adding sand themselves is a waste of money.

"We just keep replenishing these dunes… We need to get these beaches replenished now,” says Toms River OEM director Paul Daley.

Although the nor’easter brought over 20 inches of snow to parts of New Jersey, most of Monmouth and Ocean County only saw rain or a light coating of snow.

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