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Much Of Southern Jersey Shore Flooded After Late Winter Storm

By Robin Rieger

SEA ISLE CITY, NJ (CBS) – While authorities aren’t sure what compelled the driver of a Jaguar to drive through flooded Landis Avenue in Sea Isle City on Thursday, especially when a van was already stuck, Councilman Bill Kehner had a thought.

“I hate to label anybody, but we do tend to have a few idiots who think they have a motor boat instead of a car,” Kehner said.

A boat would have helped many southern Jersey Shore communities that are still swamped with water following the early morning high tide on Thursday and Wednesday’s storm.

Chopper 3 was in Avalon, where two vehicles just barely made it past each other in the flood waters that covered many streets there.

On street after street in parts of Stone Harbor, Chopper 3 captured more flooding. And on Stone Harbor Boulevard, crews continued the cleanup and repair of telephone poles downed by the storm.

“If it rains, it floods,” said Nick Cantwell.

He also said this type of flooding is typical in his West Wildwood neighborhood. He had to wade through the water.

“It wasn’t too bad – up to my knees in some spots, but it’s not bad. Kind of cold though,” Cantwell added.

Wildwood fire captain Ernie Troiano III said the flooding is what they normally see, but Wednesday’s winds caused plenty of extra problems, like roofs blowing off and broken windows.

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