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Dunes Circumvented in Bradley Beach

Hurricane Irene forces water towards boardwalk

Massive storm surge from Hurricane Irene continues to pound the Jersey Shore even as Hurricane Irene passes through the area and moves towards New York.

A 7:15 a.m. new moon high tide and a huge influx of water being pushed onshore decimated sand dunes along Bradley Beach, largely sparing the borough of major damage as a result.

"These things did their job," Bradley Beach Police Chief Leonard Guida said of the sand dunes.

While the dune was breached in some areas and the protection was circumvented in walk through spots, damage to the Bradley Beach boardwalk and beachfront could well have been disastrous had the dune system not provided protection.

Dunes created a bottleneck effect in walk-through areas that normally allow access from the boardwalk to the sandy oceanfront beaches that are normally filled with sunbathers at this time of year.

Guida also reported some flooding in the Sylvan Lake area near the Avon-by-the-Sea and Bradley Beach border.

The storm surge gapped nearly 50 yards of beach and completely washed over jetties. Large white caps were held at bay by high, fortified dunes along the borough's beachfront, but sand piles created by borough employees at dune openings proved no match for the rushing ocean.

Similar reports are being heard from across the area as ocean water surges past or around dunes towards local roads and boardwalks.

Tropical storm force winds are expected to continue today even as Hurricane Irene moves out of the area.

Alice August 28, 2011 at 01:36 PM
Any one have an idea of what happened in LBI? There has been no coverage there.
Linda August 28, 2011 at 02:57 PM
I'm interested as well. Have been searching the web for first hand reports and info has been non-existent. Like to know when we can head back.
carol August 28, 2011 at 03:23 PM
Does anyone have any info on neptune city - we r in Bijou Villa on Shark River but rode out the storm in nyc - cant find any info? Did shark river overflow??
Amy August 28, 2011 at 03:54 PM
Thank you for posting the pictures...I spent the night n Freehold and have been wondering what happened at home in Bradley Beach! Yay for the dunes!!!
Daniel Nee (Editor) August 28, 2011 at 05:44 PM
Alice -- It's tough because no one is allowed back on the island yet. From what I understand damage has been relatively minimal. We had pretty significant coverage of the island before the storm arrived, and as soon as we're let on, we'll be reporting back on it.
Linda August 28, 2011 at 08:02 PM
We're headed to Ship Bottom now. The causeway is open. Heard from a local friend that power never went off. Some water through the beach walk so we'll be checking on flooding in our utility room. I'll be happy to post an update later this evening when we arrive.
BJ McCormick August 29, 2011 at 04:37 AM
I think the real story here is that dead sea turtle that washed up and the lady that was gonna hack it up and take it home.
David Simmonds November 01, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Glad to see Bradley came out OK campared to other places. My son lives on LaReine, and can't get hold of him. Guessing power is out in Bradley.

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