New saltwater mark

Left hand points to the old record (set in the 60s),

Right hand approximates Sandy’s high-water crest.

As seen in Ocean City, New Jersey
near Kessel’s Korner restaurant
looking “uphill” towards beach

Two trends were note worthy:

(1) Flooding was greatest on the lower-lying bay-side of the barrier beach island. (2) Older houses not built to the new code suffered the most damage.

Could it have been worse?

That brings us a third.  An extensive dune system in Ocean City help brunt the blow.  (3) Towns without dunes also sustained more damage on the beach-side, too.

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