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Brick Deploys Flooding Task Force Units

Early morning Saturday high tide could pose problems

Brick will deploy a special task force Saturday to combat problems presented by flooding, officials said.

The task force units will consist of police, fire and EMS personnel and will have access to heavy duty military vehicles, watercraft and cold water rescue equipment, said Brick Police Sgt. Keith Reinhard.

"These task forces will be strategically located and have been deployed in the low lying/prone flood areas of the township," Reinhard said. "We have experienced an above normal high tide [Friday] evening at approximately 6 p.m. and anticipate another high tide [Saturday] morning at approximately 6:30 a.m."

Some areas of the township experienced flooding Friday morning, including streets in the area of Tilton Road, as well as streets in the Shore Acres and Baywood neighborhoods. Pilot Drive was especially affected.

The township closed off access to the barrier island Friday. Photographs from Mantoloking indicated flood water nearly to the door of the borough hall on Downer Avenue there.

Brick residents in need of assistance are being encouraged to contact the police department at 732-262-1100 or 9-1-1 for an emergency.

Lori Morrison December 23, 2012 at 02:04 AM
After the storm surge the bays were filled with sand from the beaches. Parts of the bay that were 10ft deep are now 5ft or less. There is no place for the water to go, the marshes look like lakes now.
Ken December 23, 2012 at 02:11 AM
20 & 30 mph winds out of the east pushed the water in from the ocean. Just like winds pushed the water back out when it switched out of the west .
Mark December 23, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Anyone know how Toms River Township is going to handle this?
Chad Hutchinson December 23, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Don't know if its still an issue Francesca, but for the future, the "Flooding Task Force" actually doesn't have access to watercraft. It's the guys you see in the 5 ton and 2.5 ton "army" trucks. It's more of just a rescue team for the residents mainland. Sorry. You can always ask though. Maybe the boat unit can help. Also, I am no engineer? but i definitely think a part of the flooding is from the sand in the bay and drains. During low tides on the barrier island, the sand actually is above water in the lagoons.
Elaine DeGrande December 27, 2012 at 12:54 AM
We need to have the lagoons dredged to get rid of all the sand that came in with Sandy Storm!

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