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Screenshot from JOH.

Screenshot from JOH.  Fishing clubhouse disappears into the deluge.

1992 nor'easter along the east coast. National Weather Service depiction.

1992 nor’easter along the east coast. National Weather Service depiction.

JOH of Ocean Grove sent us a video link showing the fishing pier coming down during the 1992 nor’easter—-see below:

It is good to remember important events in our town’s history, because we all can learn from history and it gives us the opportunity to talk about the OG fishing pier  (currently the non-fishing pier as its remnant remains land bound on the OG beach.   See comments linked below) —–Paul Goldfinger, editor @Blogfinger December, 2015.

News story from Newswork:

An intense nor’easter struck New Jersey 23 years ago today, generating some of the worst damage since the Ash Wednesday storm of 1962

Dubbed “The Great Nor’easter” by the National Weather Service, the storm, which forced the evacuation in at least 20 Jersey Shore municipalities, destroyed sections of the Bradley Beach and Belmar boardwalks and swept away a significant chunk of the Ocean Grove fishing pier, according to a New York Times report.

As the storm surge peaked and wind gusts increased during the morning hours, small private boats were called to rescue some from houses along the Manasquan River, as drawbridges ceased to function due to power outages and Coast Guard boats could not access the area, the report said.

According to the report, some residents in low-lying areas in Monmouth, Ocean, and Atlantic counties were evacuated by police boats and National Guard trucks.

The  National Weather Service found that the storm “resulted in unprecedented flooding and coastal erosion, which may have permanently changed the coastline.”

The flooding lasted for days. The National Weather Service report stated that the hardest hit coastal areas included Union Beach, Atlantic Highlands, Sea Bright, Monmouth Beach, Sea Girt, Long Beach Island, and Longport.

“As a result of the full moon on December 9 and an unusually long storm duration that affected several tide cycles, the resulting tide caused the most severe flooding along the New Jersey coast in nearly 30 years,” a U.S. Geological Survey study found.

In Union Beach, 300 cars were destroyed by sea water and 690 houses were damaged, according to the National Weather Service report.

The highest wind gusts of the storm was recorded in Cape May, peaking at 80 miles per hour. The storm killed two in New Jersey, damaged 3,200 homes, and caused $750 million (1992 dollars) in damage.

Portions of the state were declared a federal disaster area.


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