Rain, Flooding, Etc. ... on a barrier island ... in Ocean City, New Jersey
Coming from the mostly dry, flat farm lands of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania ... my experiences on a barrier island were like most people: a few weekends or maybe a week in the summer depending on our family situation. I can still recall the first time my wife and I, and our young son, spent two full weeks at the shore over 30+ years ago. Wow.
But until you have spent more continued time here, as I have during the past 15 years; you really can't appreciate the aspects of heavy rain, flooding, the tide charts, etc. Even when I was living in the Northend and the Gardens areas, in mostly quite higher elevations, you were always in a flood zone throughout the barrier island of Ocean City, New Jersey. But mostly, the impact was not directly felt by me.
Then for a year and a half while our house was completely renovated, we rented with our close friends on the Bay around 4th Street. That was the enhancement of my understanding and further education regarding heavy rain, flooding, high tides, moving automobiles, etc. I became much more of a "local" during that time frame.
So for the past couple of days, and this complete weekend, we aren't expecting a lot of traffic here in Ocean City ... not too much real estate business either, unless it is by phone or email. The elements play a powerful role on the life of the residents of a small barrier island like Ocean City, New Jersey. And although this major resort town brings in the business for the entire summer and additional activity during the two shoulder seasons, it's now just a sleepy little South Jersey shore community getting ready for the colder weather as fall continues along and winter seems to be getting closer.