ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBS) — Heavy winds, rain and ice caused tidal flooding at the Jersey shore, especially on the barrier islands. With temperatures expected to plummet overnight, officials were concerned about black ice.
Tidal flooding along the New Jersey coastline washed away the pre-storm salt solution that keeps roads clear and dry.
Governor Chris Christie on Tuesday afternoon said state crews were back plowing and salting where they could.
“We still have sufficient resources in the south to deal with the salting to keep roads safe down there,” the governor said.
With temperatures dipping into the 20s, black ice and slippery roads are a major concern.
“I would ask all motorists to stay off the road if you can,” Christie said. “If you absolutely must, go slowly, prepare your trip smartly.”
Flooding overwhelmed neighborhood streets in Ventnor and in Atlantic City, where tow truck driver Rafael Maldonado saw dozens of cars boxed in on Fairmount Avenue.
“Cars that were parked, a lot of them got flooded,” Maldonado said. “A lot of risk takers are in the water, everybody jammed up now.”
The Atlantic City Fire Department had to rescue the driver who was stuck in the inlet section of town.
“Just out there stranded, so we got him in a high-water vehicle, took him back to the firehouse and he’s notifying somebody to pick him up,” said Battalion Chief Angelo DeMaio.
Ventnor also reported several rescues and there were concerns water would go into people’s homes.
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Virgin Perez built a barricade for her row house on Arizona Avenue.
“The truck sometimes comes too fast around and the water goes inside,” Perez said.
Across the street from Perez, the Gitto family stayed safe and snug inside all day.
Tom Gitto said in the 55 years living on the street, he’s seen plenty of flooding, and this was one of the scarier Nor’easters.
“We were pretty nervous because it actually came up to the top step,” Gitto said. “The rain was the problem today. It couldn’t drain off. It just happened to hit at high tide and we’re stuck with it.”