Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Sunday, March 14, 2010:
Street flooding last evening was the worst in many moons, easily beating out any storms in the last five years or so. There were buildings damaged all over the place.
After about 7 p.m. the Boulevard was shut down from Ship Bottom to Beach Haven. Police diverted traffic onto Ocean Boulevard but the stretch from southern Ship Bottom into Brant Beach required plowing through the encroach high tide bay. A number of vehicles were conked out by 18 inches of water, made deeper by the wakes of vehicles going the other way.
However, even as the Boulevard bit the passibility bullet, the gusts finally laid down and the wicked wind part of the storm was over. The parting volleys of this nor’easter could be heard most of the night, as thunderstorms formed and loosed more buckets of rain – to add to the almost 4 inches some areas on Ocean County got – including 4.05 in my gauge.
While I would not rate the storm as historic, it was adequately severe, based on the impressive 68 mph winds gusts. It was yet another notch in the handle of March’s storm gun. It’s obviously not a month to be ignored when it comes to ruinous sky events. I wouldn’t be surprised if the perpetually-predicted “Big One” hits in March.
While the ocean has no trouble cleaning itself up after a storm like this, the bay and places like the Mullica River will need some significant drain time to neutralize the run-off. The good thing is this time of year the backwaters are at their ice-out cleanest so the settling process, the return to unstained muck-free water, should take place quickly.