Monmouth County prepares for possibility of Henri storm surge, flooding

As weather officials track Henri’s path and its potential impact on New Jersey, some boat owners in Monmouth County were preparing their vessels for the possibility of storm surge and coastal flooding.

News 12 Staff

Aug 21, 2021, 1:54 PM

Updated 964 days ago

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As weather officials track Hurricane Henri’s path and its potential impact on New Jersey, some boat owners in Monmouth County were preparing their vessels for the possibility of storm surge and coastal flooding.
Brian Noonan has docked his boat at the Leonardo State Marina for 20 years, enduring many storms, including Superstorm Sandy. Noonan is once again securing his boat, hoping to ride out Henri.
“This time of year is when you get ready. Because you never know with these particular storms, you never know which way they’re going to go. It’s too close to take for granted,” he says.
Leonardo resident David Pool says that he isn’t taking any chances with his boat. He luckily found a spot further back in the marina.
“Safety, caution, just being prepared. Getting ready for the storm. I’m gonna move the boat tin the back and hopefully ride it out,” he says.
While many boat owners batten down the hatches, others headed out to sea for the day, hoping as the storm approaches it will help clamming conditions.
“Hopefully we get some more swells and a little bit more wind, because it’s easier for us to work in that,” says Mark Smith, of Belford.
As the hurricane heads north, its exact path is not fully known. It was unclear how much of an impact it would have on New Jersey.
The Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management was hard at work drawing up plans for the storm.
"We prepositioned some assets in…for the Bayshore Raritan Bay area. If there is a shift and we do experience flooding. we have our highwater vehicles and some public works machinery at the ready to assist any of the local towns,” says Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden.
Coastal Flooding is on the forefront of the minds of the OEM crews as a full moon high tide is expected to accompany an expected 1-3 feet of storm surge.
"Our local OEM coordinators know what to expect. Everyone in this area is sensitive particularly after Sandy and experienced now,” Golden says.
But boat owners and residents along the coast remember the effects of Sandy – one of the most devastating storms to hit the area – and are preparing just in case.
“I don’t think anything is going to be as bad as Sandy but you always have to be conscious of the surge and the amount of the water that comes into the marina,” says Leonardo resident Dan Smith.
Henri is expected to make landfall by Sunday afternoon. But effects from the storm will arrive early Sunday morning.
Parts of New Jersey may see heavy rain and strong winds. Coastal flooding is also a concern.


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