Sever storms during the winter of 1913 & 1914 scoured 10 whole blocks off of Longport NJ, the southern end of Absecon Island.
Just over 100 years ago, a string of storms wiped away the Longport’s southern end.
A coastal disaster that reminds us of Mother Nature’s force. It’s risky to build on the ocean’s edge.
Storms pounded Longport and South Jersey coast from 1913 thru 1915.
The coastal storms left millions of dollars in damage. Especially across the Absecon Island towns of Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate and Longport.
In Longport, violent wind gusts of 40 mph tore apart houses and washed away bulkheads. An old pier and fishing deck were also destroyed.
“DESTRUCTION ON LOWER BEACH DURING A FURIOUS COAST STORM,” the front page of the Atlantic City Review read the following day.
By 1920, Longport and state officials built an ocean-facing seawall and a groin at the end of 11th Avenue to prevent further loss of land.
Why does Longport’s southern end start with 11th Avenue?
1st through 10th Ave in Longport were stripped away by ocean surge in the storms of 1913, 1914 and 1915.