South Jersey Shore Town Preparing For Coming Storm
By Robin Rieger
BRIGANTINE, N.J. (CBS) – Public Works Department front end loaders hit the beach in Brigantine’s north end, piling sand in front of beach access point Thursday, ahead of the nor’easter predicted for the region.
Superintendent Ernie Purdy says they are trying to prevent any storm surge from hitting the streets
“It’s the most vulnerable area during a northeast storm because the beaches aren’t as big,” Purdy explains. “I’d say we have about fifteen blocks that we cover.”
The street access points they are filing in are not far from the Army Corp of Engineers dredging project that is pumping sand from the north end inlet onto the beach where superstorm Sandy did a lot of damage to property and people’s emotions.
For some residents, the thought of another storm coming, even though not as big, is frightening.
“It’s scary even though you think it’s never going to happen again,” says Anna Ligamerie.
She is renting a home until her Sandy damaged house is repaired. Ligamerie says she doesn’t need any more worries.
“It’s not going to be that bad, you’ve got to think positive,” says Purdy.
He says many residents have concerns.
“My secretary’s been getting calls all day long, ‘What are you doing? Are my catch basins clean?’” says Purdy.
Water and sewer department crews are working on that end of it, pumping sewer stations down as low as possible to keep any water from the storm from flooding out stations.