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Ocean City schools dismiss early as remnants of Hurricane Ian batter Jersey Shore

Remnants of Ian bringing strong winds, flooding to Jersey Shore towns
Remnants of Ian bringing strong winds, flooding to Jersey Shore towns 02:01

OCEAN CITY, N.J. (CBS) -- Ocean City schools dismissed early Monday as the Jersey Shore continues to experience the remnants of Ian. The Jersey Shore remains under a coastal flood advisory.

The water level in the bay has receded but is expected to rise again Monday afternoon with high tide.

Several intersections in Ocean City flooded Monday morning, including East 10th Street and West Avenue, and 13th Street and Haven Avenue. 

Firefighters and police are urging people not to drive through flooded streets. 

Ocean City homeowner Eileen Ball says they're bracing for the next high tide Monday afternoon.

"A lot of stuff floating," Ball said. "We saw a lot of pieces of deck and siding, and a jet ski floated by. I think it's still out on the island. We just hope that this blows by quickly. We're tired of the rain."

Ocean City High School parents and students agreed with the decision to dismiss early.

"It is kind of complicated taking Bay Avenue, and then it floods so I like [dismissal] before high tide," Madisyn Morris, a junior, said.

Brian Lihou, a parent of a freshman, added, "It makes sense. We're used to it here. I mean, it gets everybody home. A lot of the roads flood. People that don't expect roads to flood, they get home only to find they can't get in their driveway. So yeah, it makes sense."

In North Wildwood, waves washed away access to the beach on 3rd Street, while Mayor Patrick Rosenello said the town's dunes sustained serious damage.

"We're in early October so we're going into our storm season," Rosenello said. "To see the dune damage that we're getting today is a big concern for the rest of winter."

In Cape May, firefighters had to help one woman from her car after she drove through floodwaters. 

Meantime, high winds are causing beach erosion, especially in North Wildwood.

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