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Sandy's Visitation In Essex

Here's what Anna noticed in the Back River Neck Peninsula.

Mother Nature—with Hurricane Irene's assistance—apparently pruned the Lower Back River Neck Peninsula during the 2011 storms. As a result, the remnants of Hurricane Sandy appear to have done very little damage.

There were just a few trees down, a huge change from the dozens that came down and knocked power out for a week following Irene. On the other hand, a few roads were flooded, but not all the usual places.

Holly Neck Peninsula

Thankfully, this wooded neighborhood had minimal damage compared to what residents experienced during both Isabel and Irene.

  • Marsh Road (Cedar Beach) was overrun on the causeway at Beach Road where Sue Creek pushed water into the usually dry gulley, giving Beach Road residents waterfront property.
  • Goff Road, across the causeway was submerged. Only one tree was on its side but it didn't reach the road.  (This intersection had several very large trees down for days during Irene blocking Holly Neck)
  • The causeway that connects the Baltimore Yatch Club island with the northern shore of the Holly Neck Peninsula was also flooded (not an unusual occurrence during storms).. 
  • One large tree blocked Engleberth off Holly Neck Road just passed the flooded area where Middle River pushed water over its banks. The entire tree root was primarily all surface roots that failed to anchor this very tall tree. Generators could be heard throughout this community.
  • High tide in Sue Creek and Brown's Cove, on either side of the Peninsula, rose above the piers. Many residents had damage to their piers and decks due to a combination of wind and rain. 

Lower Back River Neck Peninsula

  • One tree partially blocked Riverside Road just off Wildwood Beach Road.
  • A small section of Riverside Road, off Bay Avenue, had a bit of Back River's water sitting on it.
  • Part of Rocky Point Road was partially covered, but one lane was passable.
  • Picnic tables and yard space was flooded at the Sailing Center on Rocky Point.

Surprisingly, Barrison Point Road did not flood, although the wetlands on either side of the road were flooded with rain water.  If rain continues to be heavy, the roadway may soon be covered.

Anyone driving in the area should remember that road surfaces under these flooded spaces can easily crumble and create dangerous situations. See the picture slideshow of some of these situations.

Anna Renault October 31, 2012 at 05:14 AM
I was able to travel through most neighborhoods without problems. Surprised to see Barrison Point NOT flooded! So glad the peninsula (both Lower Back River Neck as a whole and Holly Neck in particular) had a big miss with this storm! Yes, some folks were out of power... like the Engelberth community... but nothing as devastating as Isabel and Irene! WHEW! THANK YOU LORD
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