As images of broad Wildwood streets deep underwater spread throughout social media Saturday, residents in the community were making plans to evacuate low-lying areas and officials were helping provide emergency shelter.

"It's not just tidal flooding giving us problems today," Wildwood Police said on Facebook late Friday. "High winds have caused damage to a number of structures throughout the city and these wind speeds are beginning to pick up once again.

Officials in Wildwood had established an emergency shelter at Wildwood High School's gymnasium. Police said residents could call 609-522-0118 if they needed assistance.

North Wildwood officials said the flooding they experienced was even greater than that seen in superstorm Sandy.

Elsewhere in southern New Jersey, officials in several towns continued to struggle with the storm heading into Saturday evening — though the late high tide hadn't been as problematic as one earlier in the day.

“This is definitely one of the worst Northeast storms that we’ve experienced in a long time,” acting Atlantic City Fire Chief Scott Evans told the Press of Atlantic City. Officials rescued more than 125 people from floodwaters Saturday in that community, according to the report.

Further north, Route 36 remained closed from Sea Bright to Monmouth Beach in Monmouth County, Middletown Police said Saturday evening.

Emergency officials in Manasquan tweeted out a picture showing streets flooded with ocean water and icy chunks of snow.

Early Saturday, the Sea Isle City Chamber tweeted a picture Saturday morning of its John F. Kennedy Boulevard entirely submerged by icy water:

According to a report by NJ.com, widespread flooding was reported in several more Shore towns early Saturday, including Ocean City, Avalon, Stone Harbor, Barnegat, Cape May, Atlantic City and North Wildwood,

The National Weather Service forecasts moderate to major flooding for southern New Jersey and moderate flooding for northern New Jersey Saturday night.

But Officials say that Saturday night and Sunday morning's tidal flooding isn't expected to be as severe as Saturday morning's.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report

 

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