Brick Makes It Through Two High Tides; Power Restored to Most

Number of residents without power down since Wednesday afternoon; No breaches or washovers in Mantoloking

After nearly 500 Brick residents lost power Wednesday afternoon, most had the lights back on by Thursday morning.

Jersey Central Power & Light reported just eight customers without power township-wide by 5 a.m.

Brick also survived the first ocean high tide of the latest nor'easter. There were no breaches of the oceanfront anywhere on either of Ocean County's two barrier islands. An earlier rumor of a breach was determined to be untrue by officials.

Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis said while Route 35 remained opened, there was one small washover of the township's dune berm near the Ocean Club condominium complex, formerly known as the Thunderbird.

"Some residents, for some reason, decided to take sand from the berm and level it off," he said.

Township officials were on hand to monitor the second ocean high tide, which occurred at 3:08 a.m.

As of 5 a.m, no officials reported any issues, nor did any scanner chatter indicate any anomalous events on the barrier island.

Mantoloking officials said their oceanfront areas survived the first high tide period as well.

"We have made it through the first high tide without any washovers or breaches," the police department said in an update posted online.

"If the situation worsens overnight we will use the reverse 911 system to alert residents," the department said.

The next high tide on Barnegat Bay, calculated at the Mantoloking Bridge, will occur at 7:58 a.m.

Bru Mil March 07, 2013 at 01:20 AM
"Some residents, for some reason, decided to take sand from the berm and level it off," the Mayor said. Shame on those residents. They still want an ocean view and did not like the high sand berm the Brick workers struggled to build up. They should be fined and made to rebuild it.
Bru Mil March 07, 2013 at 01:22 AM
Where were all those state troopers when the berm was leveled off? Why did they not see who did that and arrest them?
Daniel Nee (Editor) March 07, 2013 at 01:36 AM
This happened in another oceanfront area of town as well. We're planning a larger article on it when we get all of the details and can give everyone the complete story. The "Reader's Digest" version is that it isn't being taken lightly and DEP has been notified as well.
Missing Brick March 07, 2013 at 01:48 AM
Make it out of cement next time. Also, 5 feet higher just for good measure.
Ri-Brickulous! March 07, 2013 at 02:06 AM
I heard on NPR this afternoon that some oceanfront residents in Ortley, who wouldn't sign easments, just had dunes built behind their houses to protect the rest of the town from the storm. I would love to see pictures if anyone can find any.
Ri-Brickulous! March 07, 2013 at 02:10 AM
They're too busy harrassing contractors... err, I mean chasing all those roving gangs of looters.
Samuel Clemens March 07, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Portland Cement is one of the ingredients of Concrete. I think you mean Concrete.
Robert Cammarano March 07, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Don't touch the dunes please!!!!
debbie tomes March 07, 2013 at 02:44 AM
totally agree!!!!!
Sherry L March 07, 2013 at 03:15 AM
Great reporting and keeping us informed of our beloved Barrier Island. Thank you.
KC March 07, 2013 at 05:26 AM
This is what causes a lot of trouble. Now why should insurance or FEMA pay if those same condo residents were flooded? After what happened in Mantaloking we now know, it isn't just their own properties they put at risk. You just can't fix stupid, but you can fine them.
Kim E March 07, 2013 at 06:40 AM
I love it!
Daniel Nee (Editor) March 07, 2013 at 08:28 AM
Thanks Sherry. We've always tried to cover as many barrier island issues as we could - even well before Sandy. Without going into personal details, I can say that I am personally very well aware of the unique barrier island issues and will always strive to be first to report on them.
yeah, okay March 07, 2013 at 11:13 AM
Thank you Daniel for your updates on the Barrier Island. I was unable to find any info on the status of Rt. 35 anywhere else. It's the route I use for work.
Barbara Smith March 07, 2013 at 11:42 AM
"RESIDENTS"?????? There are none. Did anyone stop to think that just MAYBE the WIND levelled off the dune?????
jack cee March 07, 2013 at 12:48 PM
The resident that he is talking about leveled off the sand that was on his property.If you owned ocean front property and someone dumped tons of sand on it how would you feel?Bricktownships deed easement gives them the right to do whatever they please on someones property.That will never pass.
Fight Club March 07, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Lower all property values for any by the water. The FEMA maps are telling you living by the water is NOT valuable.
Laci March 07, 2013 at 01:52 PM
John Kilby March 07, 2013 at 02:16 PM
KC Ocean Club does not have any residents since Sandy and it will be a while perhaps owners drove from there temporary motels and permanent homes to play on the sands!!!! If you buy the Mayors story I have a bridge to sell you. JK
Mike March 07, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Jack, that resident should be burned at the stake. They dumped tons of sand on his beachfront property to protect his and hundreds of other properties. What a selfish jackass he is.
Tarkus March 07, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Good Morning Chief Wahoo!
Linda Malerba March 07, 2013 at 05:50 PM
barrier boob March 07, 2013 at 05:51 PM
It is true. All work on shorefront houses was stopped last week because some idiot stole some of the Army Core of Engoneer's sand to sure up their dunes. I heard it was about 10K worth of sand. Now because of this guy no work on decks,etc can proceed. I hope Dan Nee can get to the bottome of this
jack cee March 07, 2013 at 06:00 PM
MIKE we are talking about an area that did not breach during sandy.The dune that was there did its job.Sure the dune took a beating and needs to be widened but NOT made any higher.Yes the guy who pushed the sand towards the ocean was wrong but it is his property and the dune that was there did its job.We the home owners always repaired the dune on our own.We don't need anybody telling us how a dune should be made we have 50 years experience.bricktownship wants to build a 22 ft high 75 wide dune.The ONLY time that area ever flooded was when the water came from the bay.
Watchman March 07, 2013 at 08:03 PM
How much do you want to bet ,that if what you state is true, they are not paying full taxes?
Ocean club at mantoloking March 07, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Wonder what town you are living in where you can get away with "not paying full taxes"??? Not ONE person is able to reside at the ocean club thanks to Sandy. If you have been able to have the town allow taxes to be unpaid, please let us all in on it. We are all paying for a place we can't live in for months now with no tax relief in sight!!!!! Sad when people have to put lies out there. Wonder how it would benefit the Ocean Club by "leveling off" the sand? What a ridiculous statement.
Minimew726 March 07, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Unfortunately Brick didn't make it through the 3rd high tide. Just heard there is a breach that they are trying to repair right now
Local4life March 07, 2013 at 11:30 PM
Sorry, We need strong dunes along the coast, made from stone. Not the huge dunes people are talking about, they don't work. I was looking at those bayhead rock dunes over the weekend, that's what's needed. Not too big, but they do the job. If we add the massive dunes being talked about they come with adding to the length of your beach, the ocean will take it back, we need to protect our homes while not adding length.
Patty Poulos March 08, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Well stated -- Barbara Smith and Linda Malerba -- they should know their facts -- not fair to pay taxes with no relief if we can't live at Ocean Club! Totally not fair! Patty Watty
Cp March 10, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Curretly, the only residents of the ocean club are seagulls, because they are the only ones that can get by without electricity and running water. Unless the mayor has new science behind how large amounts of sand are moved by birds of a feather, then he may want to reconsider just who actually moved the dune if anyone at all. What an incredibly bold, misinformed statement to make for a mayor of a large township.


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