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Remembering the March 1962 Storm

The winter storm of March 6-7, 1962 pummeled the East Coast. In Atlantic City, 50 mile-per-hour winds and nine-foot tides led to flooding and damage. Flooding was so bad that during high tides, more than half of Absecon Island was completely underwater, with the bay meeting the ocean.

Three Atlantic City residents lost their lives in the storm: Clarence Brown, George Brown and Marritt Colding.

The Atlantic County Chapter of the American Red Cross set up shelters in Atlantic City at the Ohio Avenue Junior High School, All War Memorial Building, and Union Baptist Temple, where they served more than 10,000 meals following the storm and provided shelter to 6,152 people.

Destruction to homes and businesses was estimated at $10 million (1962 dollars). Eighty-five homes in Atlantic City were destroyed and 2,075 sustained damage. When a drifting barge crashed into it, Steel Pier suffered $2 million in damages; it was cut in half as a 150-foot center section washed away. The famous Water Circus portion of the Pier also washed out to sea.

Always resilient, Atlantic City was "open for business" 2 days after the storm passed, welcoming tourists and conventions that weekend. George Hamid, Jr. promised that Steel Pier would reopen by Easter 1962, which it did.


Virtual Exhibit

Sand Removal Po...
Sand Removal Post-Storm Sand Removal Post-Storm
Boardwalk in Fr...
Boardwalk in Front of Hackney's Restaurant Boardwalk in Front of Hackney's Restaurant
Boardwalk Destr...
Boardwalk Destruction Boardwalk Destruction
Debris in Atlan...
Debris in Atlantic City Neighborhood Debris in Atlantic City Neighborhood
Cracked Roadway...
Cracked Roadways Cracked Roadways
Inlet Flooding
Inlet Flooding Inlet Flooding
Boardwalk Destr...
Boardwalk Destruction Boardwalk Destruction
Piles of Debris
Piles of Debris Piles of Debris
Viewing Damage ...
Viewing Damage to Steel Pier Viewing Damage to Steel Pier
Homes Destroyed...
Homes Destroyed by '62 Storm Homes Destroyed by '62 Storm
Damage to Board...
Damage to Boardwalk and Beachfront Homes Damage to Boardwalk and Beachfront Homes
Debris Strewn i...
Debris Strewn in Front of Home Debris Strewn in Front of Home
Bailing Buckets...
Bailing Buckets of Water from Flooded Home Bailing Buckets of Water from Flooded Home
Storm-Damaged H...
Storm-Damaged Homes Storm-Damaged Homes
Boardwalk Destr...
Boardwalk Destruction Boardwalk Destruction
Damaged Piers
Damaged Piers Damaged Piers
Storm Debris
Storm Debris Storm Debris
Flooded Beach
Flooded Beach Flooded Beach
Flooded Beach
Flooded Beach Flooded Beach
Removing Sand f...
Removing Sand from City Streets Removing Sand from City Streets
Flooded Beach
Flooded Beach Flooded Beach
Debris in Stree...
Debris in Street Debris in Street
Flooded Street
Flooded Street Flooded Street
Removing Sand f...
Removing Sand from City Streets Removing Sand from City Streets
Men Working on ...
Men Working on Repairs to Damaged Boardwalk Men Working on Repairs to Damaged Boardwalk
Destroyed Home
Destroyed Home Destroyed Home
Aerial Photogra...
Aerial Photograph of Flooding and Damage Aerial Photograph of Flooding and Damage
Post-Storm Clea...
Post-Storm Clean Up of Grocery on New Hampshire Avenue Post-Storm Clean Up of Grocery on New Hampshire Avenue
Debris on Beach
Debris on Beach Debris on Beach
Pile of Debris
Pile of Debris Pile of Debris
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Truck in Mud
Truck in Mud Truck in Mud
Bulldozer Remov...
Bulldozer Removing Mud and Debris Bulldozer Removing Mud and Debris
Flooded Street
Flooded Street Flooded Street
Ripped Up Aspha...
Ripped Up Asphalt Ripped Up Asphalt
Interior of Mot...
Interior of Motel - Wall Torn Away in Storm Interior of Motel - Wall Torn Away in Storm
Damage to Steel...
Damage to Steel Pier Damage to Steel Pier
Damage to Steel...
Damage to Steel Pier Damage to Steel Pier
Flooding in Nei...
Flooding in Neighborhood Flooding in Neighborhood
Flooding in Nei...
Flooding in Neighborhood Flooding in Neighborhood
Flooding in Nei...
Flooding in Neighborhood Flooding in Neighborhood
Flooding in Nei...
Flooding in Neighborhood Flooding in Neighborhood
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Learn More

To learn more about March 1962 Storm and the effect it had on Atlantic City, check out some of these resources available at the Atlantic City Free Public Library.

Resources in the Atlantic City Free Public Library Atlantic City Heritage Collections:

Local History Subject File – Storms – 1962
ACFPL Collection of Atlantic City Photographs – about 50 photographs
ACFPL Collection of Atlantic City Films – 1 film showing Boardwalk and buildings after the storm (see the video above)

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