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Residents of Brick Neighborhood Plead for Flooding Relief

Marshes off Knoll Crest Avenue in the Seawood Harbor section. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Marshes off Knoll Crest Avenue in the Seawood Harbor section. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Residents of one Brick neighborhood say they have grown tired of repeated flooding and now fear they could become infested with mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus as spring and summer approach.

Several of the concerned residents from the Seawood Harbor neighborhood came to a recent township council meeting to speak on the issue, with some saying the flooding has become so frequent that there is constant standing water on their properties.

“There are parts that have become like quicksand, where if you walk through the yard with boots on you need someone to pull you out,” said Stephanie Argyris, whose home on Knoll Crest Avenue is often surrounded by standing water, and had a 19 inch-deep flood during last week’s high tides.


“There is one to two feet of water sitting in the retention basin at all times,” she said.

Seawood Harbor is located off Mandalay Road, set largely by itself between Barnegat Bay and marshes, with panoramic views of the bay and the Route 37 bridge to the south.

Though the residents concede that flooding will occasionally be an issue in a waterfront neighborhood, all say the problem has gotten worse in recent years. A bulkhead the township installed in 1998 is allowing more water to fill the street than before, and two holes the township drilled into it in order to allow water to flow back into the bay are exacerbating the issues, they said. The group came to the meeting to present the flooding concerns to the township council and see if the possibility existed to engineer a solution – either preventing flooding in the first place or figuring out a way to allow it to drain after a storm.

“My son had to walk through seven inches of water to get home from the school bus stop,” said Bernard Brody, another Knoll Crest Avenue resident.

One of the residents, an emergency room physician, said her concerns centered around the mosquitoes that would likely hatch in the neighborhood due to the standing water, especially with the mosquito-born Zika virus spreading across the globe.

“I am deeply, deeply concerned over this,” said Catherine Hanlon. “If you have a day with wind less than four miles per hour, you’re going to have this in Ocean County in a heartbeat. This is standing water, this is not the ebb and flow of a tidal pool that prevents malarial and West Nile mosquitos from hatching.”

Council President Paul Mummolo said the township engineer, Elissa Commins, is already looking into a fix.

“It’s a complicated situation, but we’re trying to look at it the best we can and see what we can do,” said Councilman Arthur Halloran. “It will take some time, but I know they are on top of it. “

  • SoWhat?

    I remember the first time I went into the Seaweed Harbor neighborhood, back in the 1970s. I asked the person with me ” why would anyone live back here in a marshland?”.
    That place was built in a swamp and now they want the town to fix it?
    People are just stupid if they don’t determine they might get flooded if they buy a home in a salt marsh or a low area flood basin.
    My grandfather didnt build his house in midstreams in the 1950s because he said it was a swamp and the area has flooded many times since then.
    His house is high and dry and has never flooded.

  • Spell Check

    There was a reason people don’t live on marshland. All you people in brick are beggers with your hands out wanting to help fix nature you dumb people didn’t account for your homes location when you bought it. I bought in brick and was well aware of this before I bought . There’s areas all over here that were bad ideas to build on. Remember f cove was supposed to be homes till it was stopped they built to close to Mother Nature. These people deserve every bit of flooding. do not tell me when they purchased their homes they were unaware,they were just greedy and chose homes near the water. Drown in your mess morons. Stop funding anything like this this is solely those peoples direct responsibility not yours and mine.

  • Spell Check

    Let’s see the photos of this lady’s kid walking in half a foot of water. They exaggerate everything. I bought a waterfront home but I want to control the tide pattern and I want the town to pay for that too.

    • Kimberleely

      Dear Spell Check, I have seen how deep the water is, first hand. Oh I dont even live on this street so I have NOTHING to gain from my statemant ‘cept to speak the truth.

  • ThatGuy

    That neighborhood is so far out of the way its like a island. Live at your own risk if you choose to buy a swamp house.

  • J W

    Global Warming won’t hold back the sea folks.

  • Mifga

    I love living in Seawood Harbor. I never flooded before Sandy. As long as the town collects the exorbitant property taxes from me then they need to keep the streets clear of flooding. No one is asking the town to help with their property just the access road into the community. And really all the hateful people on this blog should relax, no need to hate…you may be in a similar situation in the future. Karma is a funny thing.