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South Jersey wakes up to storm aftermath

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Wide spread flooding, high winds, and rough surf eroded beaches overnight Thursday. Some parts of our area dealt with snow, others high winds and lots of rain.

Streets in Wildwood filled with sand and water, some drivers left their cars in the middle of the road because they had no other choice.

In Ocean City, contractors describe the scene as messy.

"We pulled up this road was blocked off here and we could see the roof here was completely blown off," Contractor Scott Lindholm said.

That roof sent debris flying, breaking the windows at city hall. While there was tidal flooding in Ocean City, emergency management officials say their preparations paid off.

"Two days prior to this storm for about 48 hours straight we worked, public works crews that is,  collected as much sand as they could to reinforce this berm and it looks like it did its job," Frank Donato said.

On Stone Harbor Boulevard crews worked to fix 19 utility poles that were snapped by the wind.

In Atlantic City some residents lost their cars to flood waters.

"Its hard you know cause I have to do all this and fix it. And dry it out and it won't start, so I have to buy a new computer for it," David Garrow said.

In Ocean City, officials are grateful things weren't worse.

"For the most part we lucked out. It seemed like the storm sped up overnight and the winds kind of died down overnight. So we didn't get the tidal flooding we were fearful of," Donato added.

Thirty-five thousand Atlantic City Electric customers lost power during the storm. Atlantic City Electric says they expect to have everyone back on by the end of the day Friday.

 

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