Big cleanup from spring Nor'easter

May 13, 2008 3:55:39 PM PDT
The spring Nor'easter that blew across our region is gone. But the cleanup is just beginning. It has been a busy day at the Jersey Shore. Residents are cleaning up after a spring Nor'easter that brought flooding, and damaging winds.

Some homes and business were flooded out.

Tree trimming crews didn't have much down time today. Branches and limbs were downed all across Atlantic and Cape May Counties, and thousands remain in the dark. Atlantic City Electric reports more than 2600 homes in Atlantic and Cape May Counties are without power. Delmarva says nearly 600 customers are still affected.

All along the New Jersey coast the cleanup from yesterday's powerful storm was underway. In North Wildwood folks at Casey's on 3rd were tearing up carpets and assessing damage that included beer coolers and hardwood floors.

Many residents heard warning sirens and moved their cars to high ground... some not fast enough. In Atlantic City, as in many other beach towns, there was severe beach erosion.

In Avalon there has been a lot of erosion between 12 and 20th streets. Not good news as the summer season draws near.

Parts of Delaware saw some of the most severe damage. Flooding forced people from their homes. Today, they're picking up the pieces.

In Kitts Hummock, a beachfront community, lawns don't have to be mowed anymore... not after yesterday morning when flood waters suddenly forced residents from their homes.

One resident said, "It was real fast. We didn't have no time, no warning or nothing, just get up and get out."

Mary Jester's son is glad the family's trampoline survived the storm, but his sister's dollhouse is down the road, and clothes are scattered about the yard. The family's trailer is no longer fit to live in.

Jester says "I can't afford to rebuild again. I mean, you can see from the of the shed, its collapsed."

Residents waded through the water in Kitts hummock. Just about everything is under water there. Some homes suffered only minor damage, but others were hit hard. Today there's still plenty of water and mud.

For Mary Burke a boat was the only way out of Kitts Hummock yesterday. Her basement is covered with mud. Despite the mess, burke echoes the sentiments of most residents in this waterfront community.

"I'm not going to go away until I wash away."

A lot of people in the Diamond State are talking to insurance agents today, and those with private drinking wells have been warned to boil their water.