Jersey Shore flooding ravaged beach communities over the weekend as Winter Storm Jonas brought record-breaking snow and blizzard conditions up and down the East Coast.
The storm that dumped more than 30 inches of snow in some areas resulted in floodwaters at the New Jersey shore, displacing residents and closing roads, NBC Philadelphia reported
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Saturday that the Garden State "dodged a bit of a bullet”
in regard to the winter storm, a response that some residents don’t necessarily agree with.
"I was in my waders in three feet of water and my friend is saying Gov. Christie is on TV saying it's not that bad," Maggie Day, 39, whose Stone Harbor, New Jersey, home and shop were damaged in Jonas, told The Philadelphia Inquirer.
"Oh yeah? . . . Gov. Christie should come down here and get in his fishing waders and live my life."
Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Monday, Christie had this to say to those reportedly criticizing his storm response:
"I don't even know what critics you're talking about," he said in response to a question from The Huffington Post's Sam Stein
. "There is no residual damage. There is no residual flooding damage. All the flooding receded yesterday morning . . . I have not heard any of that criticism, I have not seen any of that criticism, and I think you're just making it up.”
Cape May Harbor recorded a new record high tide Saturday with 9.26 feet of water, beating out the old record of 8.67 feet that occurred during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, NBC Philadelphia reported.
The rest of the East Coast dealt with large snow totals blamed for 29 deaths, according to The New York Times.
The snow totals were staggering: A record 29.2 inches at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport; 28.1 inches at Newark Liberty International Airport; 22.4 inches at Philadelphia International Airport and the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.; and 26.8 inches in Central Park, according to The Times.
Those totals, though, paled in comparison to the 42 inches that fell in Glengary, West Virginia; the 39 inches in Philomont, Virginia; and the 33.5 inches in Frederick, Maryland.
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