As waves stirred up by Tropical Storm Hermine continued to lash local beaches Tuesday, a portion of the steel sea wall protecting Brick’s oceanfront has, again, been exposed.

The sea wall is supposed to be covered by a 22 foot-high vegetated dune and act as a second-line defense from storms, but legal wrangling over easements have prevented the dunes from being built. Thus the wall – which was covered before the 2016 summer season – was acting as the only barrier between homes and roadways and the ocean.

The wall was exposed near Jeannette Drive in the Normandy Beach section, and significant cliffs were present throughout the neighborhood. The wall was not exposed at Brick Beach III or Brick Beach I.