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Brick Bulks Up Dunes Before Nor'Easter; Winter Storm Warning, Flood Watch Issued

NJDEP will reimburse township for dune help; snow amounts hiked

Brick Township is bulking up dunes along its oceanfront in preparation for a coastal storm that is on the way.

Crews began moving extra sand onto the beach Wednesday and will finish by Thursday night, the township said in a statement. The sand is being shaped into a protective berm.

"With the weather forecast calling for the potential of moderate coastal flooding it is essential that we build our beaches and berms as much as possible to protect areas that were devastated by Sandy and are still vulnerable,” said Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis.

"The crews will work until it is done," said Acropolis.

There is no tally on the cost of the sand, but the township will be reimbursed by the state Department of Environmental Protection to tune of 75 percent.

In the statement, Acropolis thanked Gov. Chris Christie for providing funding for dune protection in anticipation of the coming storm.

"We would be doing it anyway to protect the families and homes from further damage and loss, but it is reassuring to know that a significant part of the costs will be paid for by the state," he said.

A coastal flood watch has been issued for the Ocean County area, according to the National Weather Service. Widespread minor flooding is expected during Friday's high tide periods, and moderate flooding is forecast for Saturday's high tide.

Wave heights are predicted to reach between 8 and 12 feet Friday afternoon through Saturday morning, bringing moderate to severe beach erosion.

High tide at the Mantoloking Bridge will occur at 10:08 a.m. and 11:46 p.m. Friday, and 11:11 a.m. and 11:38 p.m. Saturday.

On the oceanfront, high tide will occur and 5:20 a.m. and 4:48 p.m. Friday, and 6:13 a.m. and 6:40 p.m. Saturday.

Also, a winter storm warning has now been issued for Ocean County. The warning predicts 4-8 inches of snow along with "a trace of ice." Snow Friday morning will turn to rain, but then back to snow late in the day Friday into Friday evening.

The Shore area is "on the edge" of the line between heavy snow amounts and lighter amounts, and the forecast could vary, the warning said.

Chief Wahoo February 07, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Jersey Shore is from now on, always one storm from being TKO......So tell me now, how much is ur property value worth, if you have to pucker up your butt cheeks everytime a storm forms in the Atlantic.....Time to fight those bloated assesments and property taxes......thats why they want you out of your houses.....its the only way the statuas quo can remain in power The public servants need to be cut and cut and cut
J.JONES February 08, 2013 at 12:04 AM
Best wishes to all by the shore...
wookfish February 08, 2013 at 12:20 AM
bye-bye beach...again
Nicole February 08, 2013 at 12:31 AM
Oh great, Just great...! another flood..
J.JONES February 08, 2013 at 12:35 AM
@Chief the public servent have no control on mother nature...and you support for all those people who still want there homes and lifes back like you probable have is just not right..Best comments are those you keep to your self...This isn't fair to the families ..
Betty Ann February 08, 2013 at 12:48 AM
@ Topps: Thanks for commenting on what all of us at the shore are thinking. We have had enough heartache since Sandy. Wherever each of us choose to live, I'd never comment on why someone chooses to live in a t-pee, hut, or bungalow or whatever. Guess Wahoo never spent a day at the beach in their llves. They are missing out on a beautiful place.
Brick Mom February 08, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Brick is always one step ahead. So thankful for all the hard work that the township of Brick has done. We will batten down the hatches. No storm will overcome Brick. We will rebuild Brick by Brick... God Bless all...
Mschenk February 08, 2013 at 02:51 AM
I am new to the area. I am right off of old hooper ave. do we have anything to worry about as far as flooding is concerned?
KC February 08, 2013 at 05:48 AM
The public servants may be saving us. What do you expect them to do? Vegas is beginning to look better and better. With our luck, if we all moved to Nevada there would be a drought! Nowe everyone is gonna go out and buy plastic water bottles and gasoline and the cycle continues. God I hope we get spared this one. I really hope and pray the power grid holds up and that our homes don't flood.
KC February 08, 2013 at 05:54 AM
Not sure Ms, check the FEMA maps and at the very least prepare for the possibility of a power outage. That is not a township specific problem, but rather an anywhere you go problem these days and is a possibility I am afraid. If the forecast worsens a generator is not a bad idea, but mine sat in my garage for four years before I ever used it (for Sandy).
RiverLiving February 08, 2013 at 11:35 AM
CHIEF. It looks like you must live in a small bungalow, park your car on the grass, have spare tires up aginst your garage, and trees growing out of your gutters. The waterfront communities pay approx. 70% of Brick taxes, but i guess you dont realize that. If they dont pay your will go up, which you will probably delay for a few months and complain at the local bar, while having a few beers, thers always money for that.
JD February 08, 2013 at 01:04 PM
Why don't they just build some permanent retaining walls... like those on Monmouth Beach. In the long run, it would cost the state, county, etc less money. The sand dunes just need replenished after every storm... as does the beach.
Jeff in Sa-ra-so-ta! February 08, 2013 at 01:35 PM
The sand is constantly changing from the normal flow of the Gulfstream. Go to Sandy Hook and see where the lighthouse is. That used to be at the extreme Northern tip. The groins (jetties) are there in the first place to slow down the movement of the sand. To keep the beach as it is is costly as we have seen. Mother Nature has its own vision which is, at times, seemingly at odds with ours.
Jo Amesco February 08, 2013 at 04:00 PM
"if you have to pucker up your butt cheeks everytime a storm formsh " - Ha Ha , thats a funny one .!
Jo Amesco February 08, 2013 at 04:21 PM
why do I have a funny feeling that the tectonic plates have shifted.. They are not telling anyone.? why do people have to have a GPS survey.?? - because the current ground markers are no longer accurate. The last updates with those markers were in the mid 90's. The were reported to be off by an 1" since the 60's.. If those plates moved, there's a greater problem coming - and they are not telling anyone here about it ? don't worrie folks, stuff like this, they wouldn't tell the town people about it. our government will keep it quite for a while.
LandmanNJ February 08, 2013 at 06:26 PM
I always liked your kind of thinking, but to install bulkheading (4-5 feet high) at point of access to the beaches, with breaks so often as to allow sufficient access by foot and vehicles. Bulkheads would certainly absorb a lot of the "shock" and withstand the storms without requiring much repair / replacement like the sands that keep shifting.
William Hammski February 08, 2013 at 06:29 PM
What you all fail to remember is that "The Ocean ALWAYS Gets What it Wants".
wookfish February 08, 2013 at 06:31 PM
the same Monmouth Beach that's not open to the public?
Jeff in Sa-ra-so-ta! February 08, 2013 at 07:13 PM
@Billy the kid: congratulations for your gaining some awareness of your own arrogance. @Jo: the shifting is a natural occurance that is now able to be quantified by our technology. How often and at what rate is the question.

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