South Jersey still grappling with flooding Sunday — but much less of it
As expected on Sunday morning, the third high tide to hit New Jersey's shoreline in the course of this weekend's massive snowstorm did not have nearly the impact of the previous peaks from Saturday morning and evening.
New Jersey 101.5 Chief Meteorologist Dan Zarrow said Cape May, which saw a top-five all-time crest on Saturday morning, only crested about 2 feet above normal Sunday morning.
However, in both Atlantic and Cape May counties, first-responders had to wait until the storm system passed through the Garden State in order to go out and properly assess damage — meaning the total impact of flooding in South Jersey may not be fully known until late Sunday at the earliest.
As of Sunday morning, many roads remained closed in Cape May County, including access roads to North Wildwood and Sea Isle City, and the George Redding Bridge in a low-lying section of Wildwood. The west end of North Wildwood remained flooded in the late morning hours, and beach erosion continues to be a concern up and down the shoreline.
In Atlantic County, all roads into Atlantic City were back open.
Businesses and homes alike sustained significant wind and water damage along the southern coast. Some warming centers remained open Saturday night for those without electricity, but local officials reported very few weather-related rescues as the storm wound down.
"There were no rescues that we are aware of," said Diane Wieland, director of the Cape May County Department of Tourism and Public Information. "State Police was working with that, so we did not have any of those issues."
The Atlantic County Emergency Operations Center said it received very few calls overnight Saturday into Sunday.
Patrick Lavery is New Jersey 101.5's evening news anchor. Follow him on Twitter @plavery1015, email firstname.lastname@example.org, and listen for his live reports Monday through Thursday nights between 6:30 and 11 p.m.