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Cumberland County suffers additional storm damage

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DOWNE TWP. -

A storm with high winds, rising tides and conditions residents say were comparable to Hurricane Sandy left it's mark on the bay communities of Cumberland County late Thursday night and early Friday morning.

The storm was a surprise to the residents of Gandy's Beach who are still struggling after Hurricane Sandy.

"Around midnight, it was getting pretty wild," said Gandy's Beach resident Tom Lieb.

"It depends on where you are, it's random. Its just as bad or worse in some places as Sandy was and no body even knew about it."

Residents reported to county officials 10 to 15 foot waves.

The storm damaged a road in the process of being repaired from Sandy and scattered 4000 pound concrete blocks around the beach.

Some county officials believe more could have been done to prepare for additional storms in the wake of sandy.

"The DEP would not allow the mayor of Downe Township to put in some barriers to protect residents that are here, protect this road, protect this work that was done, he requested it at least a week ago, they turned him down," said Director of the Cumberland County Freeholder Board Carl Kirstein.

Kirstein also mentioned several dikes in need of repair, a problem the DEP was trying to correct prior to Thursday's storm.

"We just spent an excess of 70,000 dollars, almost completed that project and probably would have been complete next week, now we've got to re-do that project completely," said Don Olbrich, division head of the Department of Public Works.

Olbrich hopes the clean-up effort will be finished this weekend.

He says no houses were lost in the storm but the flooding was similar to Sandy.

Residents are now left with the frustration of having to pick up the pieces after another storm.

"It re-did something I had fixed for sandy, but everything is kind of different, it came in from a different angle and different problems, like other peoples homes, I couldn't believe what happened" said Lieb.

After Thursday's storm both residents and county officials will continue to do what they have been doing for the last two months, try to recover from a damaging storm.

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