Donna Cramer remembers the storm in Margate

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Hackney’s had waves wash out the bottom of the restaurant.
My sister, Debbie Smith, and I grew up in Margate on the 300 block of Argyle Avenue, between the ocean and the bay. Our maiden name was Levy.

I was 6 at the time and my sister was 9. We vividly remember waking up that day, and the ocean and the bay actually met. My sister remembers that when they met, it formed a big wave. The water luckily only came up to the second step of our porch.

We had no power, but our neighbors had a fireplace. I remember my Dad carrying me next door since the flooding was so bad. The neighbors also had a wood-burning stove in their garage. They made us eggs, and they made coffee, which they brought to some of the elderly neighbors who didn't want to leave their homes.

After the storm my parents drove us through Margate and Longport, and we could not believe how much beach had washed ashore. The beach block was just all sand – so many homes were destroyed. Our grandparents had a summer home in Brigantine, and they wanted my dad to check to make sure it was OK. However, when we got to the Brigantine bridge they would not let us over there since we did not have proof of residency.

Donna Cramer

Egg Harbor Township

Photos submitted by Donna Cramer

Boats in a Brigantine boatyard destroyed the docks.   Cramer’s grandparent’s house on 17th street in Brigantine suffered significant damage from the storm.   Boats in a Brigantine Marina washed into the marsh after the storm.   Cramer’s grandfather’s boat washed into the front yard of their house in Brigantine.   The boardwalk in Ventnor, looking north towards Atlantic City, was completely ripped apart in certain areas.   Boats in a Brigantine Marina washed into the marsh after the storm.   Hackney’s had waves wash out the bottom of the restaurant.


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