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New Jersey hit hard by ocean surge, coastal flooding during snowstorm

Link to article as published in USA Today

Coastal communities from North Carolina to southern New England worked to recover Sunday from moderate to major flooding that struck during high tides as a blizzard and high winds hammered the Mid-Atlantic region.

"This, in my opinion, is worse than (Hurricane) Sandy," Len Desiderio, the mayor of Sea Isle City, N.J., told CBS Philly Sunday. "We're dealing with severe Flooding."

The National Weather Service said coastal flood warnings remained in place Sunday from North Carolina to Maine. Three consecutive high tides Saturday and Sunday aggravated by storm winds and the pull of a full moon created havoc along shoreline areas.

As the storm surge flooded the underground electrical infrastructure in downtown Ocean City, N.J., on Saturday, Delmarva Power cut power to hundreds of customers as a precaution, according to the Associated Press. Atlantic City was also hit by flooding, and firefighters struggled to deal with a blaze in Sea Isle City because of flooding, the AP reported.

Record high levels of water were reported in three New Jersey locations: Great Channel at Stone River, Cape May Harbor and Delaware Bay at Cape May, the Weather Channel said. Floodwaters rose to 9.27 feet in Lewes, Del., on Saturday, setting a record there.

Pounding waves damaged the north end of the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk in Delaware and dunes were  washed away, according to The News Journal.