Nor'easter storms the shore

September 26, 2008 3:16:36 PM PDT
In the battle between ferocious ocean waves and the beach, the water usually wins and it happened again with this latest nor'easter The 3 foot cliffs tell the tale. One beach in the north end of Ocean City lost a significant amount of sand over the last couple of days. Sadly, this area was part of the $7-million beach replenishment project completed just last spring.

Several storms over the last month and a half badly eroded the beaches at Strathmere, but this latest one knocked down dune fencing and gobbled up 15 feet of dunes and reduced the beach elevation by two to three feet.

"There's probably a foot of sand on top of the large concrete blocks out there, so that kind of gives you a feel for how much depth of sand that we lost just from over the last two or three days," Upper Township engineer Paul Dietrich said.

Public works employees blocked a beach entrance where the stairs were completely undermined and had to be removed. Nearby, expensive waterfront homes were protected by newly installed steel bulkheads, some of which homeowners themselves are paying for. Strathmere is slated for a beach fill project this winter.

The nor'easter also caused street flooding during high tide in shore towns' low lying areas like here along Haven Avenue in Ocean City.

There is no real flood or wind damage to speak of.

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