Tidal Flooding Hampers Ocean County Coast After Storm
By Phil Stilton
TOMS RIVER–The East Dover and Silverton sections of Toms River experienced coastal tidal flooding Friday morning after a passing winter storm brought rain and winds across the area overnight. Local fire departments are on standby at this time, monitoring the situation in the event that it worsens.
Flooding has also been reported in Seaside Park, Brick beaches, Forked River, Point Pleasant, Forked River and Island Heights.
According to Toms River Office of Emergency Management Coordinator, Paul Daley, the water is starting to recede in most areas.
“It’s the same areas that were affected in Sandy, Silverton, East Dover, the island, but just not as bad,” Daley said. ”We had two rescues, one from a home where their basement flooded and there were electrical issues and a car rescue. This is one of those things you should just wait out and wait for the water to recede, there’s no need to have to be rescued from your vehicle.”
Daley said in some areas of the town, flooded roads prevented school buses from reaching their stops, but students were able to walk around the flooded roads to get on the bus at alternative stops.
“Route 35 south is still bad, we have north and south bound traffic on the north side,” he added. “We called for mutual aid just in case, with deuce and a halves [military style transport trucks], but that wasn’t needed, the National Guard also helped us out over on the island.”
Toms River Police and Fire Departments urge residents not to drive through flooded streets, use caution and plan for extra time for travel.
Access to Brick township sections of the barrier island were closed for the day, Daley said access is open on the Route 37 bridges, but residents should check their town’s availability beforehand.
The storm also cause power outages across the county. 1,283 homes in Toms River are without power and nearly 1,500 in Manchester.
Photos by Toms River Fire Department & Jersey Shore Hurricane News.