Mike Monichetti said he power-washed the decks behind his Sea Isle City seafood restaurant three times after Winter Storm Jonas and still had clumps of mud sticking to the wood… "Mud is a sign it was a backbay flooding event," said Michael Kennish, a research professor with the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University. "If you’re living on the bayside, clay and mud are transported all over the streets and houses during these storms. If sand is left behind, it’s a sign the flooding came from the ocean," Kennish said. Sand, which is silicon dioxide, or quartz, does not have adhesive properties. "You can wash it off," he said. "It won’t stick."
/ / / Cape residents still scrubbing away smelly mud from Jonas