Ocean City Streets See Flooding Amid High Tides, Strong Winds

Date: 2021-10-11 19:20:46

OCEAN CITY, NJ — Several low-lying streets in Ocean City were impassable on Monday due to a combination of high tides and strong winds.

The National Weather Service issued a coastal flood warning on Saturday in effect for Ocean City through 5 p.m. Monday.

“Northeasterly winds gusting beyond 35 mph are expected to contribute to flooding,” the service said.

Several people posted pictures of flooded streets on the Ocean City, NJ Flooding Facebook group, run by the Ocean City, NJ Flooding Committee, a civilian group and chapter of Higher Ground.

The areas where streets were covered in water include 14th Street and Haven Avenue, West Avenue and 42nd Street, the 3100 block of Bayland Drive and West 17th Street.

Water levels peaked during at least three tide cycles this weekend on the bay side of Ocean City. The water level reached 5.84 feet on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and again on Sunday just before noon, surpassing the scale’s threshold for “minor” coastal flooding of 5.3 feet.

Officials reported a peak water level of 6.17 feet on the mean low water scale at 1 p.m. Monday. The tide surpassed the scale’s threshold for “minor” coastal flooding and pushed toward the threshold for “moderate” flooding.

The National Weather Service categorizes “moderate” tidal flooding as water levels between 6.3 feet and 7.3 feet MLW.

The peak tide on Tuesday is expected to fall to 5.9 feet and then down to 5.2 feet on Wednesday, below the threshold for “minor” flooding.

Ocean City officials urge residents not to drive through flood waters or barricades.

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