Moving cars, canceling plans, taking risks – life in a flood zone

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Ocean City flooded by winter storm, jersey shore

MICHELLE BRUNETTI POST / PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY – Andrea Palermo’s life has taken on the ups and downs of the tides she follows on her phone app.

As a resident of a back bay neighborhood on a New Jersey barrier island, she has no choice but to track the wind, weather and moon phases, and be ready to change plans in an instant.

During storms, and sometimes under clear skies when high tides coincide with full moons, the bay water rises over the marshes, crosses neighbors’ properties, runs down her street and floods her yard …

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