Jersey Shore communities see flooding caused by heavy rain, high winds

Photos taken at Fairway Mews in Spring Lake Heights show rainwater covering some of the golf course.

Jim Murdoch

Apr 3, 2024, 9:59 PM

Updated 21 days ago

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The Jersey Shore took another pounding on Wednesday as strong winds and heavy rains combined with a storm surge to cause flooding in low-lying areas.
Massive waves crashed at the mouth of the Manasquan Inlet. The force of the water continued along the parking area, moving around garbage cans but not getting into the streets or businesses.
In those low-lying areas in the town near the drawbridge, water filled the area in just a few minutes and left some roads nearly covered.
Further south in Ocean County, winds gusted close to 50 mph. That pushed those large waves into the protective dunes in Bay Head. Twilight Lake remains in place, but Thursday morning's high tide could be a few inches higher than what will occur Wednesday evening, threatening any vehicles left in low-lying spots.
In Ortley Beach, there were more problems. A look at the beachfront just after low tide showed waves were already reaching the dune cliffs. Toms River set aside $350,000 for replenishment before Memorial Day weekend.
It's not just tidal flooding. Photos taken at Fairway Mews in Spring Lake Heights show rainwater covering some of the golf course.
Thursday morning's high tide will come just after 4 a.m. along the beaches, with bays reaching high tide several hours later.


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