A college student in 1962, Charlie Bowman Sr. said the storm “was wild.”
“It was a good one,” he said. “There was water everywhere.”
Bowman and his high school classmate, Tom Adams, put a duck-hunting boat they owned together to good use.
The rescued the
“It came in handy that day, that’s for sure,” he said. “We saw Mr. Adams trying to get to his house, and we saw that Mrs. Adams was completely stranded, the house was surrounded by water.
“We took Mrs. Adams and the three kids to safety at our house, at
Yet the college students were pretty fearless. They explored the island until they were forced indoors.
“We rowed the boat from my house over to Asbury and went to the Chatterbox on
“We saw a big boat, a 28-foot boat, which was big back in those days, just floating down
Before they took the boat out, they walked over to the boardwalk.
“The boardwalk was amazing,” he said. “The waves were breaking over the boardwalk, right into the stores. The boards were lifting, great big 2-by-6 boards snapping like toothpicks and washing up everywhere. I’ve never seen water like that on the island before or since.
“We walked down
Bowman said the south end was a “total disaster.”
“Mayor Tom Waldman did a very good thing after the storm was over,” he said. “He built a bulkhead from
Bowman said his favorite story from the storm came from the late Mackey Corson, who lived with his family at the end of
“At the height of the storm, Mackey said he looked out from his second floor windows at the
“You can’t even imagine that,” he said. “The bridge was totally covered.”
“The storm was unforgettable and very scary,” he said.
Bowman said he remembers calling his girlfriend, Beth, now his wife, and saying “You’ll never believe it, but there are waves on
“It was just an unbelievable experience,” he said. “I remember it so vividly.”
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