Snow, sleet, rain give way to heavy flooding
What started as a mix of snow, sleet and rain gave way to heavy flooding, high winds and a concern over icy conditions.
The storm that started Saturday night was the second to hit Jersey in four days. Different areas across the state saw different types of precipitation. Morris County saw snow overnight. Middlesex County was hit by a wintry mix, leaving roads slippery and slushy.
The Jersey Shore received little to no snow, mostly rain that resulted in flooding. High winds from the storm caused a rough surf. Parts of Sea Bright were underwater Sunday, leaving residents shocked.
?We expected snow, we didn?t expect harsh rain,? Ava Bamberger, a Sea Bright resident, said.
Sea Bright Assistant Fire Chief Jay Rock said that even though snow was expected, floods have become a routine matter for them.
?We have a dedicated flood truck here, which will go through about four and a half feet of water,? Rock said. ?We can use [the truck] to evacuate people if necessary.?
Sea Bright police shut down about a three-mile stretch of Ocean Avenue Sunday. Parts of the avenue were 3 feet underwater.
Residents and officials braced themselves for more rain and high winds Sunday night. In addition to flooding concerns, residents worried dropping temperatures will turn the rain into ice, creating slippery roads and dangerous conditions.