UPDATE: Good Luck Point, Pelican Island Hit Hardest by the Storm, Mayor Says

Emergency management officials surveying damage now, flooding some areas compared to December 1992 storm

So far, it appears that Good Luck Point, Pelican Island, South Seaside Park and Glen Cove areas of Berkeley took the brunt of damage from Hurricane Irene, Mayor Jason J. Varano said.

Varano and other emergency management officials are out in a Chevy Suburban surveying the damage now. They got part way down Bayview Avenue coming from Ocean Gate and were stopped by flood waters, Varano said.

"This looks pretty bad here," the mayor said. "Good Luck Point is probably underwater. We're not sure of the home damage yet."

However, Berkeley Shores, the Amherst Beach and Allen Road Beach areas seem to have made out fairly well, even though the waters are up to the bulkheads, Varano said.

"Berkeley Shores is looking pretty good," he said.

It's another story in Pelican Island and South Seaside Park, where the water is two to three feet deep in some places.

William Vannella, deputy public works director, compared the flooding to the December 1992 Noreaster.

Roads into Pelican Island are blocked off, he said.

"People are driving by with their vehicles to look and putting wakes into people's homes," Vannella said.

Flooding is also bad in South Seaside Park from Barnegat Avenue towards Bayview Avenue and from 20th to 24th streets, he said.

There doesn't appear to be any structural damage to South Seaside Park homes, Construction Official Willaim Schultz said.

"It's amazing," he said. "Most people boarded up their homes, that's why."

Power stayed on in most sections of the township, except for portions of Holiday City, Glen Cove and portions of Bayville, the mayor said.

Varano and emergency management official Rip Bondulich were planning on touring any sections that might have been affected by the storm.

"We're down by the Ocean Gate Yacht Basin," Bondulich said earlier this morning. "We can't even get to Good Luck Point. We have to get a bigger vehicle."

High tide crested in South Seaside Park around 11 a.m. Officials are concerned that the west winds will continue to push more water into Pelican Island and the bayside of South Seaside Park during the day.

The westerly winds will push water out of the mainland back bay and river areas, Vannella said.

Berkeley Patch will continue to update storm damage as more information becomes available.

skizma August 28, 2011 at 02:35 PM
This is no surprise....always flooded during northeaster's and of course this.....
Linda Breslin August 28, 2011 at 03:00 PM
Can anyone tell me the status of Bayville, Chelsea Avenue, near Ocean Gate?
Patricia A. Miller (Editor) August 28, 2011 at 04:49 PM
Hi Linda, I live off Chelsea in between Pine Beach and Ocean Gate in Bayville. It's okay to come back.
Patricia A. Miller (Editor) August 28, 2011 at 04:50 PM
Hi, Thanks! Will keep you posted throughout the day as more info comes in. We had to evacuate yesterday. Just got back.
foggyworld August 28, 2011 at 06:16 PM
Could people posting these much needed photos add the time and the tide because things change drastically as the tides show.
foggyworld August 28, 2011 at 06:20 PM
"Good Luck Point could be underwater." We have an armada of boats in Bayville and I can't imagine why good not civil servant citizens haven't been asked to photograph as much as possible from boats. One need not be employed by the town to be helpful.
Janina August 28, 2011 at 06:57 PM
I just took these pictures. There is flooding going into Good Luck Point and Bayview is very flooded in the usual places. Hope these help!
Tattoo August 28, 2011 at 07:03 PM
anyone know how Midway Beach bungalos made out ???
foggyworld August 28, 2011 at 07:30 PM
Janina, thank you so much for giving us some information. Do you remember the time and was it Sunday. I can work out the tidal status if you don't know it. I have just placed an add in the Patch TR asking for a boatowner to photo all of Good Luck Point with the pertinent information and have offered to pay for the first good batch because those are our homes the Mayor doesn't know about. If I get the photos will post them here for all residents. The ultimate answer would be to use those taxpayer funded mosquito commission helicopters but I don't see that happening. Those are our homes and those of our neighbors who pay ludicrous taxes to receive no answers. It's the old joke: What is a camel? A horse designed by a committee. These folks are paid and neighbors aren't deemed worthy of helping out. Very sad and Good Luck folks keep checking here and email our neighbors.
Janina August 28, 2011 at 07:41 PM
Hi Helen. You are very welcome! These pics were taken around 2:00 today after high tide. The picture of the young man in the road was taken looking north toward Good Luck Point on Bayview just past Veeder, There was patchy flooding covering the road further on so I didn't want to risk going further north. The bay conncected with the wetlands on the west side of Bayview so I'm not surprised they want a larger vehicle to go in and investigate. Good luck and best wishes!
Jim Lanza August 28, 2011 at 07:42 PM
Anyone know if Bayview is passable from Ocean Gate to the Ocean Gate Yacht Basin yet?
Catherine Galioto (Editor) August 28, 2011 at 07:49 PM
We have some reader-submitted photos of that area in this gallery: http://patch.com/A-l42g
foggyworld August 28, 2011 at 08:34 PM
I can't thank the many neighbors and friends who have assured me of the condition of Good Luck Point. A friend has checked and I will be getting photos that show my house is standing as are it seems the others. The only part of Good Luck Drive that is flooded is where it always is - down toward the end. Most of the street is dry and the wind is westerly and moving the water out as fast as can be. Question of my day is: how much money could this State save by letting neighbors be neighbors? Politicians in the main have not proved helpful here and they are an expense we just cannot continue to fund for the sort of work they perform. People count and really have been amazing now that Patch is here to let us speak up and do some work for ourselves and each other instead of paying for lacklustre commissions. Bravo Patch and please you one neighbor in particular and your companions.
foggyworld August 28, 2011 at 08:39 PM
Last sentence should have read: Bravo Patch and bless you one neighbor and your companions.
Linda Breslin August 28, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Thank you for the info Patricia. Do you know if it flooded by Chelsea since you had to evacuate?
Lori August 28, 2011 at 09:11 PM
does anyone know if you are allowed to re enter South Seaside Park, my son lives over there and wants to go home
Catherine Galioto (Editor) August 28, 2011 at 09:17 PM
Contact the Ocean County Office of Emergency Management, call 732-341-3451.
Larry August 28, 2011 at 09:34 PM
Thanks for the information. My in-laws are trying to get back home to Ceylon Avenue on Pelican Island. Is the area by the marina flooded, or can they get through?
Catherine Galioto (Editor) August 28, 2011 at 09:40 PM
It is hard to say with certainty. The Mathis bridge has been opening and closing as conditions change with the tides all day. Next high tide is 6 p.m. Contact the Ocean County Office of Emergency Management, call 732-341-3451.
Sharon August 28, 2011 at 11:28 PM
I have heard from couple of folks down in Midway that we faired well there. No major damage reported, didn't look like Ocean breached dunes and any water was from rain that looked like it drained as it came down. Water from bay at around 4PM 1/2 way up between bay and Central Ave along length of Seaside Park and half of Miller's Camp has backup. Heard it was no worse than a good Nor'easter.
Karen Wall August 29, 2011 at 12:06 AM
Jim, I was out that way within the last hour. There were still areas where the road has 8 inches of water. I would be very, very cautious.
foggyworld August 29, 2011 at 01:43 AM
I believe I read just a few hours ago that the entire ban has been lifted but go to google and type in: Is Southseaside Park bridge open for residents to return home?
foggyworld August 29, 2011 at 04:57 PM
It was difficult to be selectively evacuated when our house is built way above code and it was disheartening to read that Good Luck Point was probably under water when it wasn't true and to find trucks were used to make those assessments rather than boats which we have many out here. Not once have the people of Good Luck Point received a bit of good news and yet we who live in the wetlands cope with these things almost weekly. Most of us worked on the entire neighborhood for 2 days tying everything in sight down. The damage so called is mud on the street which is already drying out. Flooding is part of our environment and those who live here learn quickly how to become adept at dealing with watery streets which in the main only collect water in certain areas. I am disappointed that we heard only official bad and incorrect news but did use the internet and Patch to pass the truth of the situation on to each other. Wonderful neighborhood but as often is the case, we are left to solve problems that don't exist and no we should not have been forced to evacuate and we who have been robbed didn't need to hear that our neighborhood was now open season which in fact wasn't true either. I bought waders the week we moved in here and use them every now and then because again, this is the wetlands and we all have the equipment and skills or neighbors who do who carry us through all sorts of bad weather most folks sadly miss.
Tabitha October 30, 2012 at 11:46 AM
I am trying to get back to my home on Pelican Island. We evacuated last night around 5pm right after the telephone poles went down. I have children and dogs. Can anyone tell me if the bridge is deff open to re~enter the area? Thank you very much.
Larry October 30, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Anyone have any info on Green Island? Would appreciate.
Catherine Galioto (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Green Island and the other areas of Silverton are grappling with widespread flooding: http://tomsriver.patch.com/articles/much-of-silverton-under-water-east-dover-firehouse-evacuates-toms-river-flooded-with-emergencies#photo-11948455
Catherine Galioto (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 12:01 PM
The eastbound bridge remains closed. http://tomsriver.patch.com/articles/route-37-eastbound-on-mathis-bridge-closed
Kevin Bennett October 30, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Anyone have info on North Avenue - Ocean side - Seaside Park?


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