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Five Significant East Coast Flood Events in 18 Months

Jon Erdman | TWC
Published: March 12, 2013

Winter Storm Saturn (Mar. 2013)

Winter Storm Saturn laid down a swath of snow from the Rockies to the Northeast, but saved its most potent punch for, yet again, the East Coast.  

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Coastal flooding from this winter storm was documented from the Virginia Tidewater to Maine, with one exception which we'll come back to shortly.  

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A house crumbles in the ocean waters on Plum Island, Mass. after being hit with relentless waves from Winter Storm Saturn on Fri., March 8, 2013. (Courtesy: NECN)

Coastal Flood Highlights

- Just under 4' surge in at Norfolk, Va. 
- Section of Route 1 closed in Delaware due to high water.
- Minor-moderate flooding along the Jersey shore, including 1' of water in parts of Atlantic City.  
- Home collapsed onto beach in Plum Island, Mass.  Another home's foundation was undermined in Sandwich, Mass.
- Roads were either washed out or heavily damaged in Rockport, Oak Bluffs, and Duxbury, Mass.
- Dunes were heavily eroded in Salisbury and Hull, Mass.
- Roads flooded, homes battered by waves at the beach near Saco, Maine. 

Back to that "exception" we alluded to earlier.  

The gigantic circulation of Winter Storm Saturn churned up high surf as far as Florida's East Coast and even into the Caribbean, leading to minor coastal flooding along the north shore of Puerto Rico.

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