Coastal experts and town officials along the Jersey Shore do not expect major beach erosion to follow Thursday's nor'easter. , calls this storm a run-of-the-mill nor'easter, but said areas impacted by Jon Miller, professor of coastal engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology are expected to bear the brunt. Superstorm Sandy
"Unfortunately, it seems like this nor'easter is going to be targeted for the biggest impacts from the middle of
south to about Monmouth County ," Miller said. Long Beach Island
However, as Miller also pointed out, many shore towns have built up large
in advance of these storms as they await a major beach re-nourishment project by the dunes . Army Corps of Engineers mayor Tom Kelaher said that following Sandy, his town has spent over $1 million to replenish sand in Toms River and on privately-owned beaches that signed Ortley Beach . easements
"Nothing is 100 percent, but we feel pretty confident that what we've done should get us through this storm," Kelaher said.
While erosion is not a major concern, according to Miller,
will continue to be an issue through Friday all the way up the coastline, past flooding and on to Atlantic City . Sandy Hook
"The real problem here is that we have higher than normal astronomical tides, which in this storm happens to be enough to put us into the moderate flooding threshold," Miller said.
, as well as the OEM in Ocean County Office of Emergency Management , have been activated. Seaside Heights
Meanwhile, hard-hit barrier island communities in
and Brick got some good news Thursday. The federal government gave the green light to build a steel sea wall, and is seeking bids for the $36 million project. The work is expected to begin in February. Mantoloking