Jersey Shore beach erosion seen up and down coast
It's a good thing Hurricane Joaquin never made its way to New Jersey because the strong winds and rains the state dealt with over the past several ways caused a number of problems along the Jersey Shore.
There are reports of moderate to severe beach erosion up and down the coastline, with the worst hit areas in Atlantic and Cape May counties. On some beaches, the dunes were either completely or partially washed away. Officials in North Wildwood told 6ABC they plan to start replenishing their dune at some point this week.
New Jersey local and state officials also spent much of Friday and Saturday dealing with a number of road closures. In Cape May County, a vacant house fell into flood waters after its structure was weakened.
According to NJ 101.5 Meteorologist Dan Zarrow, the coastal flooding threat will be much lower today, but not gone completely. A Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect for Cumberland and Cape May counties until high tide. Unlike the past few days, only minor flooding is expected today at the times of high tide.
Beach erosion will continue to be a problem though, as the ocean churns out four to seven foot waves.
NJ101.5 reporter Dino Flammia was in Belmar this morning where officials put a makeshift dune in place last week in hopes of holding the water back. Flammia said the dune, about 30 yards away from the boardwalk, looks like it held up throughout the storm. Belmar, which lost its entire boardwalk during Sandy, also prepared for the extreme weather by pumping water out of a low-lying coastal lake near the beach.