Special Weather Statement: Flood Advisory

Special Weather Statement: Flood Advisory

The October 2018 storm caused road closures, but continued work to mitigate flooding has lessened the problem, residents say.

A National Weather Service Coastal Flood Advisory will remain in effect for Ocean City through 11 a.m. Thursday (Oct. 10). A more severe Coastal Flood Watch has been issued for Ocean City from 4 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 10) through all of Friday (Oct. 11).

Strong north and northeast winds are predicted to extend through the end of the week, and the NWS warns of coastal flooding with successive high tides through Friday.

The short-term advisory forecasts water levels to peak in the hours around high tide on the bay side of Ocean City at 6:13 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 9). Forecasters project a tide of 6 feet on the mean low water scale (MLW). This projection falls into the upper end of the “minor” tidal flooding range. By comparison, flooding last Thursday (Oct. 3, 2019) reached 5.98 feet MLW. Visit www.ocnj.us/octides to compare these predictions to other recent and historic tide levels.

High tides throughout the rest of the week include:

  • 6:44 a.m. Thursday (water levels are currently predicted to reach 5.9 feet)
  • 6:59 p.m. Thursday (prediction is 7 feet)
  • 7:25 a.m. Friday (prediction is 6.8 feet)
  • 7:40 p.m. Friday (prediction is 6.5 feet)

Residents should monitor conditions and be prepared to move vehicles from areas that typically experience flooding. The roads closer to the beach including Central and Wesley avenues are at higher elevation. Parking will be available at the Trinity United Methodist Church at 20 North Shore Road in Marmora (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. City crews are out clearing storm drains in advance of the storm, but storm preparation can include making sure inlets near your home are clear of debris.

We will continue to provide updates and information as the forecast develops. For Police & Fire Department emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 609-399-9111.