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Coastal Flood Advisory for Wednesday Morning

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The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Advisory in effect for Ocean City, Strathmere and nearby coastal areas from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 3.

Strong easterly winds and rain could combine to cause minor flooding in the early morning hours of Wednesday and Thursday.

Water levels are predicted to crest in the hours around high tide on the bay side (Ninth Street Bridge) of Ocean City at 3:40 a.m. Wednesday. High tide on the bay side of Strathmere near Corson’s Inlet is at 3:25 a.m. Wednesday.

The NWS predicts a water level of 5.5 feet on the mean low water scale (MLW) for Wednesday morning. By comparison, the peak water level reached a similar height last week on Monday and Tuesday. Visit www.ocnj.us/octides to compare this prediction to other recent and historic tide levels.

The advisory is likely to be extended with a water level of 5.8 feet MLW predicted for 4:54 a.m. Thursday.

Residents should be prepared to move vehicles to safe places before going to bed on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. The roads closer to the beach including Central and Wesley avenues are typically at higher elevation. Parking at all municipal lots in Ocean City is free. Parking also will be available at the Trinity United Methodist Church at 20 North Shore Road in Marmora (please read letter from Trinity if you take advantage of this service).

For your safety and the protection of your vehicle and neighboring properties, never attempt to drive through flood waters, and do not drive around barricades.

For Police and Fire Department emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 609-399-9111.