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AirForceVet: In the dude's defense, they don't get many hurricanes with storm surges up in NJ.
brigid_fitch: AirForceVet: In the dude's defense, they don't get many hurricanes with storm surges up in NJ.This. You could argue all of us in NJ were complacent. We've survived half a century with bigger storms that didn't even close to Sandy's destruction (last one w/a significant amount of damage was apparently in 1962). We know the area around the Raritan floods (Bound Brook, Somerset, Manville, some of New Brunswick, etc.) and we know Sea Girt floods (the sea wall's too low. If you spit too hard, that town floods). But I've lived on the Jersey Shore for over 35 years. I remember David (spawned tornadoes in South Jersey), Gloria (some flooding in the AC area & knocked out power there but no real damage), Hugo (lots of wind but no real damage), The Halloween Storm (the one the movie The Perfect Storm was based on. Sea Bright nearly washed away, Raritan flooded, Cape May got pounded--but for a "Storm of the Century", it didn't hit us as badly as we'd expected), Floyd (That one caused more damage than the Halloween Storm. Raritan overflowed again and flooded 5 towns. AC & Cape May took a LOT of water & wind damage), Irene (again the Raritan towns were the worst hit. Sporadic power outages around the state. But we had more damage & power outages from the snowstorm the week or 2 after Irene than Irene itself).Almost 4 decades of, "OMG, killer storm!", and each time the same areas are predictably affected. There was no reason to believe Sandy was going to be any different. Until it was.
MyRandomName: A liberal shunning responsibility for his bad decisions? You don't say.
AirForceVet: In the dude's defense, they don't get many hurricanes with storm surges up in NJ.If he done the same in, say, Florida, he wouldn't have had a track to stand on.
MrSteve007: If only forecasters had predicted that the area would have the largest storm surge the region had ever seen. Then they could have moved the trains inland.Oh, wait. They did. With near perfect accuracy. With at least 5 days in advance.Link
brigid_fitch: Almost 4 decades of, "OMG, killer storm!", and each time the same areas are predictably affected. There was no reason to believe Sandy was going to be any different. Until it was.
LineNoise: As someone who lives right by that train station, and also lost a car in the floods, I can understand where he is coming from. Yes, everyone knows town floods. But it flooded like it never had before, in areas that never flooded before.