Weekend winter storm Jonas damage assessment

This past weekend’s storm caused more problems here than we initially expected. It is quite noticeable that Money Island took one more hit in the long battle against rising water level and increased storm energy. The most visible impact is a loss of more than one vertical foot of beach sand on the water side of the new Bayview Road bulkhead.  That beach loss was a predicted impact of the sea wall construction but seeing it happen in real life is no less shocking. The marina lost a finger dock, a load of dock lumber and of our two dock ramps need major repairs. One neighbor’s house lost a section of siding. At least two of the commercial docks need repair or replacement of their flotation. Repair costs of the damaged items we noticed are likely to be in the range of $10,000 to $20,000 even with our use of primarily volunteer and uncompensated labor.

One of the long term predictions about the effect of climate change is that the combine forces of sea level rise and increased water and air temperatures in that smaller storms like this will have a greater destructive impact on property. That seems to be the case with this recent storm Jonas.

I noticed the irony that the newer structures seemed to incur the most damage. The old decrepit and abandoned structures here seem to have survived unscathed.

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We do not yet know what is caused this new dock to sink. Perhaps the air-filled floats cracked and filled with water. The floats were rebuilt in September 2015. This will likely be our most difficult and expensive repair this spring.

trailer stuck in sand
trailer stuck in sand

Flowing sand across roadways and parking areas can cause headaches.

Bayview Road bridge
Bayview Road bridge

There is more deterioration of the roadway at the Bayview Road bridge yet a tractor clearing debris drove over it today.

ice on the marsh
ice on the marsh

The snow and ice on the marsh was mostly melted by the end of the day Monday.

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Tony

Tony is accountant for the marina, president of BaySave Foundation and treasurer for Delaware River Greenway Partnership Inc.

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