A Look Back…100 Rescued from North End

In case you missed it, Steve Lemengello posted this story on the Press of Atlantic City site a few days ago.

Brigantine had a tense night, as the fire department rescued 100 people from areas of the north end after the seawall was breached in two places, Mayor Phil Guenther said.

“This was in the north end and golf course area,” Guenther said. “People had to be removed from their homes by high water vehicles and boats.”

“Firefighters were out in 40 mph winds in small boats, 10- to 11-foot boats, to rescue folks who chose to stay,” said Police Lt. Jim Bennett.

In addition, Guenther said, there were two structure fires and a roof collapse.
There was two to three feet of sand in roadways near the seawall, Bennett said.“Both ends of the seawall were breached completely by the ocean,” Bennett said. “But the seawall held. Structurally, it’s fine. We’ve lost railings and sheeting, but it (held up).”

The 100 rescues joined about 70 others at the last resort shelter at the community center, which Guenther said was still open.

There was still debris in roadways, Guenther said, a travel ban was still in effect and it was unclear when people would be allowed back.

Guenther and Bennett both estimated that could happen on Wednesday, but added that assessments were still being made.

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1 thought on “A Look Back…100 Rescued from North End”

  1. Not sure how the seawall was “breached.” The ocean simply came in where the seawall ended on both ends…north of 14th st. and south of 10th st north.

    Another interesting observation. In looking at the NOAA photorecon photos, the dunes held up fairly well. Seawater got into some areas via the rampways to the beach/dune cuts. The dunes themselves, while battered, saved Brigantine. City officials should give consideration to CLOSING OFF the dune cuts and redoing rampways to the beach. Put them at an angle to the beach, eventually gettting to the beach and most importantly put them OVER the dunes, not through a dune cut.

    Although more expensive, some consideration should be given to extending the sea wall around the houses north of 14th steet north, perhaps to the beach access road. This extenstion doesn’t have to be like the main sea wall, but could be some sort of low cost material to prevent a future wash around.

    Finally, city should quickly shore up the wash around areas and any dune cuts due to a possible Nor’easter next week.

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