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Brick Begins Joaquin Preparations; Current Dune Sand Will Have to Do For Storm, Officials Say

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Locals walk the beach in the Brick Township portion of Normandy Beach, Sept. 30, 2015. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Locals walk the beach in the Brick Township portion of Normandy Beach, Sept. 30, 2015. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

As the forecast track of Hurricane Joaquin appeared more and more as if the storm would be at the Jersey Shore’s doorstep by Monday morning, Brick officials began preparing for its potential impact.

Nowhere along the state’s coastline is more vulnerable than Ocean County’s northern barrier island, where dune systems destroyed during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 have yet to be rebuilt following delays in gaining easements to complete a federal beach and dune replenishment project. In Brick and Mantoloking, however, an extra layer of protection exists in the form of a steel sheet pile wall anchored into the ground to help protect the island from breaches.

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The positioning of the steel wall has made it more difficult for Brick Township to bring sand into the area, though, and after working several days after erosion last week, the sand that was most recently brought in has already been eroded back into the ocean.

“Everything we pushed up south of Brick Beach III has gone back into the ocean,” said Mayor John Ducey. “At high tide, the ocean is hitting the wall, so there’s no sand for us to push up.”

The wall, plus the sand that remains intact, will act as the township’s barrier during a potential Joaquin impact.

Brick has also begun advising residents to move their cars to higher ground in the event of a storm and has prepared its systems to warn of any evacuations that could become necessary, Ducey said. Additionally, the township has sand bags available for residents at the recycling center on Ridge Road.

“We’re telling everybody to gas up their generators and get some water, batteries and things like that,” Ducey said.

The recycling center will be open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for the rest of the week.

Other communities have also started the process of getting ready for Joaquin’s potential impact.

In Lavallette, sand has been pushed up onto beach entrances, effectively blocking them by creating a makeshift berm where water could penetrate the dunes. The north in Toms River’s Normandy Beach section, front loaders were at 5th Avenue, shoring up makeshift dunes along the hobbled oceanfront area.

A front loader shores up dunes in Toms River’s Normandy Beach section, Sept. 30, 2015. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A front loader shores up dunes in Toms River’s Normandy Beach section, Sept. 30, 2015. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

In Seaside Heights, crews continues to work on a temporary dune line, said Borough Administrator Christopher Vaz. Borough employees were also inspecting storm drains, fueling and running OEM vehicles and testing generators.

Seaside Heights is also in the process of scheduling manpower for its municipal electrical utility and placing sandbags at its Public Works buildings.

A commercial fishing boat navigates breakers at the mouth of Manasquan Inlet. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A commercial fishing boat navigates breakers at the mouth of Manasquan Inlet. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Though unrelated to Joaquin, heavy surf made Manasquan Inlet treacherous for boaters. Two U.S. Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Life Boats stood watch at the inlet, guiding commercial fishing boats, party boats and other vessels safely through the waterway.

A U.S. Coast Guard crew keeps watch over a party boat entering Manasquan Inlet, Sept. 30, 2015. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A U.S. Coast Guard crew keeps watch over a party boat entering Manasquan Inlet, Sept. 30, 2015. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

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  • Chuck Cumella

    The “holdouts’ will be personally accountable if the island breaches again. If the mainland floods, due to the lack of a solid dune system, they will PAY!!! One way or another……… No threat here; just full promises. I’ve had it!!! Christy lied to us. He’s useless…

    • Frank Rizzo

      No Chuck…I WILL BE THE ONE WHO PAYS…through my homeowners insurance and taxes. And pay for all of you too close to the water year round.

  • Chuck Cumella

    Be safe; have a nice day Brick Township…

  • Rich

    “Gov. Chris Christie, who has been on the presidential campaign trail, did not release a statement on the hurricane. His press office said he may issue one on Thursday.”

    Somebody finally told him NJ is in trouble because of his dereliction of duty (no dunes, no beach replenishment, no eminent domain for dune easements on the oceanfront holdouts).

    His PR staff is preparing a statement (and lining up “photo ops” back home) while he’s in NH or Iowa. THANKS FOR NOTHING!

    Since he’s left us with no protection, he should take responsibility and lie down on the sand to hold back the waves!

    http://videos.nj.com/nj/2015/09/days_of_onshore_winds_heighten.html

    • JW

      I can’t blame him for quitting already. Things got bad for him, so he skipped town like anyone with sense would. Not that he should be excused of course- he’s a total jerk- but anyone should understand why he’s on permanent vacation from here on out. He cut and run because he’s screw up. That’s about it.

  • Chief Wahoo

    Get ready for the knockout punch. ……Governments are not here to help. They only know how to take…..Christie probably hopes the NJ shore goes underwater and this gets him a bump to 3%… Tick TOCK. Tick TOCK. ……..Stay Safe & Good Luck.

    ANARCHO-CAPITALISM (Until the sheep understand this. You will be at public takers mercy)

    • JW

      The only sheep here is you. Too bad that when you’re proven wrong, you still won’t shut up.