Nor’easter causes erosion at Jersey Shore beaches

Monday's winter nor'easter caused significant beach erosion along the New Jersey coastline.

A steep cliff is all that remains of the temporary sand dunes in Ortley Beach, as the rough surf carved away most of the sands.

Homeowner Judy Armaniaco says that she is worried about the lack of protection for her home.

"I just hope I don't have to redo my house again," she says. "I wouldn't be able to afford it and would have to maybe never be here again."

Ortley Beach was one of the towns devastated by Superstorm Sandy, which is why the temporary sand dunes were installed.

Parts of Toms River also saw some damage from the storm. Mayor Tom Kelaher says that a sand bar in the ocean offered some protection during the storm, but only at the beginning.

"During the night all hell broke loose," the mayor says. "About 75 percent of our dunes are gone."

The storm caused flooding in the Chadwick Beach section of Toms River. Parts of Route 35 were flooded out. Residents tell News 12 New Jersey they were going to monitor the high tide cycles because they know that some low-lying areas along the bay often flood.

Mayor Kelaher says that he is working with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to bring in sand to rebuild the temporary dunes. He says that he does not want his residents to be vulnerable to other storms. Work on permanent sand dunes is not expected until early spring.

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