I went up on the boardwalk this morning to see the aftermath of Ida. There is some beach erosion - at low tide there was not much beach showing. However, it was not as bad as I expected. The ramp by the Music Pier lost the bottom part but the stairways all appear to be intact. The dunes took a lot of punishment but they did their part in keeping the ocean contained. The boardwalk was not damaged and when I was up there around 10 am this morning there were already open signs! OC merchants are resilient!
Taking a drive along West was not as good. 9th Street is flooded from the bridge to Haven (street in back of McDonalds) and this was about 6 hours after high tide. That area always floods but I have never seen it that bad. Driving sough on West was sad - looking towards the bay most of the roads to about 18th were flooded. You do not realize how much higher Asbury is than West until you see it after a storm. At one point I was nervous about going through water with my RAV4 and there were areas where you just drove in the middle of the road. I turned back at 46th - West was completely flooded there and watching some trucks go through convinced me I did not need to go further!
Going north on West was even worse. I got as far as about 6th or 7th and then turned back - that is how flooded the road still was. Before you buy a house in OC west of Asbury see what the area looks like after a storm....
I had read in the newspaper that the National Guard had been called out. It was strange seeing the trucks in OC.I am glad I live in the area of OC that I do.
Thank you to everyone who called or emailed to see how Serendipity and I were doing! We weathered the storms and the winds rather well and can't wait to see you again!
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