Tidal flooding has been increasing along the Jersey Shore and it’s expected to get worse. Flooding challenges the O’Neills’ access to doctors or repairmen or houseguests. Flooding has increased more than 600 percent in the last 60 years at Atlantic City and Sandy Hook, according to NOAA data from those two places, which have a long history of tidal gauge data compared to other points on the coast… Atlantic City and Sandy Hook ranked third and fifth in a list of 45 sites in the nation for increased flooding in a 2014 NOAA study… As sea levels rise, the Mallard Island woes will spread along the Shore, according to Lisa Auermuller, watershed and outreach coordinator for Rutgers’ Jacques Cousteau Coastal Education Center, based in Tuckerton… Trouble comes down to inches, according to Dave Robinson, state climatologist at Rutgers University. "When you think about it, there are areas that are just precariously above sea level – when you raise it up 6, 10, 12 inches – that’s the difference between having a dry road and a road that’s underwater," he said.
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