Hurricane Sandy Update: Long Beach Island, NJ Photos Of Damage; Island Remains Closed [PHOTOS]
It was a long couple days but Long Beach Island is finally in recovery mode post Hurricane Sandy's violent rampage. With water finally receding from the 18 miles of land, responders on the evacuated New Jersey vacation destination are working hard to get the Island reopened for residents.
Reports on Monday and Tuesday revealed that the ocean had met the bay in numerous towns on Long Beach Island. Emergency response teams are now back on the streets as they plow sand (in some cases up to four feet) off the roads and pick up debris.
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Some residents and workers have been using Facebook to keep those that evacuated up to date with the damage on the Island.
On Tuesday, Andrew Warren, a Manahawkin, NJ resident, took to Facebook to inform homeowners of the current situation on LBI.
"The flood waters are still everywhere," he explained in his post. "But it has gone down a bit. Ocean topped the dunes many places in Surf City but most of the damage was in North part of town. Ocean took the dunes between 23rd and 24th. Water came up under houses. Still no power. More when it gets light out..."
Around 8 a.m. this morning Warren took to his Facebook page again to give an update.
"The island will remain closed until utilities have been restored. And the roads are cleared and they have had a chance to check all the houses. There are missing people. The island will be closed for another 4-6 days. And it could take up to 10 days. This is from the office of emergency management. There are gas leaks and water main breaks. Wires down everywhere. Flood water have gone down of most streets in Surf City."
Others took to Facebook to express the horrors they saw while attempting to rescue those that decided to stay through the mandatory evacuation.
"We just attempted to rescue three people from a house in North Beach and were unsuccessful due to the rapid ocean water," Severe NJ Weather posted about a first hand account from Jay Zimmerman, an emergency responder on the island. "We had to drive away listening to their screams for help. It tore my heart out. The ocean is pouring into the bay from 70th street in Harvey Cedars to atleast Surf City. We turned back there. There were cars, entire decks, sheds and contents of houses flowing into the bay. I have never seen anything like it in my life and I'm glad we all got back safely. It was a crazy ride."
While Long Beach Island is definitely hurting, residents that stayed are keeping optimistic.
"Yes, it's bad here but you guys should know WE ARE VERY LUCKY AS COMPARED TO places like Seaside and Atlantic City," Devon Karvan, a local business owner wrote on her Facebook. "A lot of cosmetic damages and sand everywhere BUT most ocean fronts I've seen on the north end ARE STILL STANDING and CAN BE FIXED!!"
Karvan and Mary Tantillo, a local glass artist and owner of SwellColors Glass Studio in Haven Beach have been spending the past two days helping with recovery, along with checking on local businesses and homes of friends.
President Obama and Governor Chris Christie are touring the devastated areas of New Jersey today, Wednesday, Oct. 31.
To see more photos courtesy of the Ship Bottom Fire Co. click here.
UPDATE: According to @LBINow residents with re-submit passes will be able to get onto the island on Saturday. All others will have to wait 7-10 "via Mayor's Office."
Residents looking to get back on Long Beach Island once the bridge is re-opened will need to have a re-submission pass. [Click HERE to see what a LBI re-submission pass looks like.]
UPDATE: The LBI Shack is now gone.
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