Storm of 1962

Eerie feeling forebode flood

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Written by Laura Stetser Wednesday, March 07, 2012 08:59 pm

Fifteen-year-old Davine Reid just knew something bad was going to happen that night.

“I told my friend we’d better hurry up and get home. There only was a shallow wind, but the moon was so close to Earth, and it was a full moon. I’ve never seen the moon that close. I just had a feeling something was wrong.”

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Tales of the Tides: Armenia

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Written by Submission Wednesday, March 07, 2012 08:58 pm

We had been living in Avalon for about two years at the time, having moved here from Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1960. At the time of the storm I was 12. My dad was a painting contractor who was known in the community for his cooking.

I remember the town officials stated that the only people who would be allowed to stay were the police, firefighters and volunteers. I remember my dad asking if we wanted to be evacuated, and my mom, sister and I said we would stay. Once the town was evacuated it looked like a ghost town.

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Tales of the Tides: Borenstein

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Written by Submission Wednesday, March 07, 2012 08:57 pm

The apartment building at 100 South Providence Ave. in Atlantic City, constructed by my great-grandparents in 1916, endured its first brush with Mother Nature during the March 1962 storm.

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Request for ’62 storm stories opens the floodgates

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Written by James Fitzpatrick Wednesday, March 07, 2012 08:55 pm

When we let the public know a few weeks ago that we were putting together some special coverage commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Great Atlantic Storm of 1962, we were hoping to get enough material to fill a page or two.

What we got from so many generous and thoughtful readers was a flood – of memories, pictures and newspaper clippings from people for whom the Ash Wednesday Storm was truly a watershed event.

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Advances in forecasting continue to improve warning time

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Written by R.J. LIBERATORE Jr. Wednesday, March 07, 2012 08:52 pm

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – The next time a storm like the Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962 takes aim at South Jersey, the winds may howl and dangerous waters may rise with each high tide, but there will be something different about the way the storm impacts the coast.

We will be better warned.

Those are the words of NBC40 meteorologist Dan Skeldon in talking about what he calls the “five-high” storm that blew in on Ash Wednesday of 1962 and lasted for five successive high tides over three days.

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Downbeach recalls ’62 storm

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Wednesday, March 07, 2012 06:15 pm

The sand partially buries cars outside the White House Bar at Atlantic and Washington avenues, the site of Ocean City Home Bank today.
Many people who were here in 1962 remember the storm that battered the coastline 50 years ago this week. For three days the winds howled and refused to let the tide go back out. Each successive high tide built on the one preceding to raise the water level in the streets until the rising bay and ocean waters met in some locations.

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A newlywed reporter remembers covering the big storm

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Written by Bill Barlow Wednesday, March 07, 2012 05:45 pm

Anthony Zurawski of Avalon remembers the aftermath of the 1962 storm. Anthony Zurawski of Avalon remembers the aftermath of the 1962 storm. (photo by Jen Arthur)

Islands were inaccessible for weeks

Anthony Zurawski would likely remember the March, 1962 storm no matter what, but he has another strong reminder – he was married a few days before the storm hit.

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Friends from Philly recorded storm’s devastation

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Wednesday, March 07, 2012 05:19 pm

Nick Mauri of Ventnor holds a photo of himself on the beach in Atlantic City after the storm of 1962.
VENTNOR – Nick Mauri was a senior in high school living in Philadelphia at the time of the 1962 storm.

“I remember being in school and my friend saying, ‘I wonder if the house is still there,’ Mauri said Monday, March 5.
Mauri’s family had a summer home on Vendome Avenue in Margate, and his friend Jim Minia’s family had a summer home in Longport.

Together they drove down to the shore to survey the damage, and Mauri took his camera along for the ride.

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‘We were all caught by surprise’

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Written by Submitted by Robert Bransfield Wednesday, March 07, 2012 04:26 pm

WILDWOOD CREST— On the first morning of the storm we attempted to ride from the Crest up Pacific Avenue to Wildwood High School, but Pacific Avenue was flooded. We turned around and the lower end of Pacific Avenue was flooded.

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Roving Photographer > What’s the worst storm to hit the Wildwoods?

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 07, 2012 04:10 pm

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Barb Steere, of North Wildwood
I was here during the ’62 storm. I was just a young kid at the time but I remember watching the flooding and things floating down the street from the house on 16th Street.

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Councilman shares March 1962 storm memories

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 07, 2012 03:54 pm

AVALON – When a nor’easter is in the forecast, Dick Dean of Avalon thinks of the March 1962 storm.

If that’s not enough to jog his memory, he still lives in the same house along Ocean Drive in the borough. Dean, who is 76, has been an Avalon councilman since 1987.

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Richard Dietz: For a while, it was fun

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Written by Bill Barlow Wednesday, March 07, 2012 02:35 pm

photos courtesy of Richard Dietz/Anglesea Photos -  March 1962 storm

Richard Dietz knows a lot of things change in 50 years.

Showing book after book of his photographs from the March 1962 storm, he points to one image in which the dinner special is visible: roast beef, 85 cents.

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Sea Isle City took the brunt of `62 Storm

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Written by Columb Higgins Wednesday, March 07, 2012 01:47 pm

Artist Hank Guarini reveals his artwork to be hung in the museum during the formal commemoration ceremony of the 50th Anniversary of the March storm of 1962 in the Sea Isle City Library on Tuesday, March 6. Guarini was inspired from a photo taken by Pat Haffert of residents being evacuated from the island during the storm. Artist Hank Guarini reveals his artwork to be hung in the museum during the formal commemoration ceremony of the 50th Anniversary of the March storm of 1962 in the Sea Isle City Library on Tuesday, March 6. Guarini was inspired from a photo taken by Pat Haffert of residents being evacuated from the island during the storm.

Boardwalk, hundreds of homes destroyed

SEA ISLE CITY – Sea Isle City was among the hardest hit of all South Jersey towns during the March 1962 Storm.

The Sea Isle City Historical Society (SICHS), in partnership with the Cape May County Library System, hosted a series of special events to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March Storm of 1962 this week. A variety of displays and special programs marked the anniversary.

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Bill Callahan remembers seeing the damage from above

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Written by Bill Barlow Wednesday, March 07, 2012 01:00 pm

Bill Callahan, a lifelong resident of the Wildwoods, had a unique perspective on the storm of March 1962 storm. He was a pilot, and took his small plane along the coast to see how bad things were, but only after the winds subsided.

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The aftermath of the storm: Ocean City

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 07, 2012 12:46 pm

Photos by Bob Monihan, courtesy of the Monihan family

4101 Central Ave. 4101 Central Ave.

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Are we ready for next time?

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Written by Bill Barlow Wednesday, March 07, 2012 12:42 pm

Changes in forecasting, building codes mean better safety, but most agree there’s always another storm.

It wasn’t the wind, strong though it was, or at least the direct damage from the wind. It wasn’t even the high tides. It was the duration, say several who remember the northeast storm of March 1962.

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Tales from Ocean City: Charlie Palermo

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, March 07, 2012 12:14 pm

Brothers Charlie and Fred Palermo owned Palermo’s Market on the corner of Fourth Street and Asbury Avenue when the storm hit.

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Tales from Ocean City: Susan Rumer Peifer

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, March 07, 2012 12:14 pm

Susan Rumer Peifer was a teenager when the storm hit her home on 11th Street.

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Tales from Ocean City: Diane Smith Reese

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, March 07, 2012 12:13 pm

She was 9-years-old and a tomboy when the storm hit. Where others saw devastation, Diane Smith Reese saw opportunity.

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Tales from Ocean City: Dot Turner

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, March 07, 2012 12:13 pm

The Turner family had just moved to Ocean City, settling on North Street when the big storm hit.

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What floods when

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 07, 2012 12:12 pm

The following is a list of what areas will flood when the water rises to a certain height.

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Tales from Ocean City: Nancy Likens Bell

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, March 06, 2012 02:48 pm

The Likens family, Joe and Lois and daughters Nancy, Lois and Bettie-Ann, lived on the south west corner of 57th Street and Central Avenue.

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Ocean City Facebook friends share memories

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Written by Claire Lowe Tuesday, March 06, 2012 02:42 pm

Ocean City Facebook friends share memories

 

Tales from Ocean City: Sandy Corson Beyel

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, March 06, 2012 02:38 pm

In 1962, the Corson family, Mackey and Evelyn and their two daughters, Sandy Corson Beyel and Susan Corson Brown, lived at the end of Eighth Street, in Snug Harbor along the bayfront.

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Tales from Ocean City: Ginni (Williams) Szczepanski

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Written by Ginni (Williams) Szczepanski Tuesday, March 06, 2012 01:23 pm

I was only a little over a month from my 11th birthday during the time of the March 1962 storm. At that time, my mother, Edythe Selvagn, brother, Tom Williams, and I were living at Fourth Street and Atlantic Avenue in the Life Saving Station.

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