In talking to some friends in other parts of the country, I’ve noticed a prevailing thought of “Everything at the shore is all fixed up from that trouble you had with Sandy, isn’t it?”
So for them, we decided to take a drive from Point Pleasant to Seaside Heights to show how things are looking around here. A lot of improvement from how things were even just a few weeks ago, but a lot of this area still looks like a damn bomb hit it.
We’ve been back to Seaside since Sandy. My wife has been back twice.
Part of the problem has been succeeding storms – they’d gotten all the sand out by the time I got there, but a later storm deposited a rich harvest of sand all over the street. It didn’t help that many of the beach-retaining dunes had been breached or completely gone, but there still would have been flooding even without that.
Betwween the storm’s destruction and the new guidelines (rauise the houses, or get incredibly expensive flood insurance), the result is devastating.
The storm damage isn’t restricted to the oceanfront, eith. My home town is miles inland in New Jersey, but on a river. It’s been flooded more than once since Sandy – most recently just last week. Floods are reaching levels they’ve never hit before, and in my town you certainly dcan’t blame it on washed-away sand dunes. The later floods have caused more damage to structures being repaired or to things that have come in since, including a Food Bank.
No doubt. I have a couple of friends who had the storm swell barrel through their homes (these are places a mile inland, mind you – they just happen to live near a creek bed or a wash where the water found a way to travel) and take everything out of the bottom floor.
No flood insurance, of course, since there was never a realistic chance of flooding. To a man, they’re just hoping to find a buyer for the land. If nothing else, new home construction is going to be a booming industry here for awhile…
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My home town is much more than a mile inland, but it’s on a river (a tributary of a river, actually). There’s a history of occasional flooding on the lower-lying streets, but never anything like we have seen since Sandy. Not only the lower-lying areas of my town*, but the next town ovber, on the other bank, has been devastated as well.
*the water has ruined all the stores on one downtown street that has never before flooded, and the Sandy surge came as high as the Post Office and Borough Hall – both well above any expected water level, and has caused such flooding in the bank building that mold has grown all the way to the ceiling.
Devastating. My cousin’s home in Point Pleasant had a foot and a half of water on the first floor.
As for the last couple of pictures – that sand covering the remaining boardwa;lk, I understand, was removed after Sandy – it was brought back up by the later storms.