This isn’t a post about, crafting or decorating projects. It is a post about the storm that recently hit the Jersey Shore. They called it a Superstorm-a hybrid storm the likes of which forecasters had never seen-the perfect storm. In an effort to give you a better idea of what New Jersey and its residents have lost, I have provided a link that shows Interactive before and after photos of Superstorm Sandy Damage at the Jersey Shore.
On October 29th Superstorm Sandy, the perfect merging of three storms, a full moon and high tide, hit the Jersey Shore causing devastation to the entire NJ coast and Staten Island, NY. States up and down the eastern seaboard were also hit, but with lesser damage. At first I thought it was mostly fallen trees and power line damage, and some flooding–typical hurricane stuff and, since I had no power, heat, cable, internet, cell or house phone I was able to convince myself that it wasn’t too bad! After all, as frightening as the winds and rain were, we had only lost power, had some minor damage to cars from tree branches, lost the ridge vent to our roof and a few shingles. Then I started hearing reports over the radio and realized the extent of damage was much more devastating.
Thousands of homes were destroyed, smashed to pieces or ripped apart from the force of the water. Some were swept off their foundations and washed away, some are missing altogether! In sections of Brick Town (my home town), Mantoloking, Bay Head, Point Pleasant, Manasquan, Lavalette and Seaside and up and down the coast homes were flooded with the damage so severe that the shoreline is changed forever. A multi-million dollar oceanfront home or a tiny little seaside bungalow–it didnt matter, Sandy tore them all apart with the same vengeance. It was then, seeing the pictures of the devastation, that I realized that Jersey Shore residents were now among “those poor people” — you know, survivors of natural disasters, those people who have to start their whole life over, people displaced, homes gone, jobs gone, cars gone–or at the very least so damaged that it will take months, even years to get back to some semblance of normal. A lifetimes worth of posessions and memories washed away or damaged beyond recognition. My heart breaks for all of them.
All the lives lost–those who drowned, suffered carbon monoxide poisoning trying to keep warm, heart attacks from the stress and even motor vehicle accidents caused by traffic lights that weren’t working. One poor woman had her small children swept from her arms by the rushing water, their poor little bodies found the next day.Marinas full of boats sustained severe damage, some boats were found miles away or tossed and carried off never to be found. Boats on streets, in fields, even on the train tracks.
Our beautiful beach towns are destroyed, years of memories washed away with the tidal surges. Quaint little beach towns where people have been vacationing for years, boardwalks, stores, resteraunts, amusements and more, all seriously damaged, or washed away completely. So many peoples livelihoods gone!
The Roller Coaster at Seaside Boardwalk, a landmark and source of excitement and fun to thousands, fell into the ocean and now looks like a child’s toy. So many of the Piers have been destroyed, turned into piles of wood and debris that don’t even slightly resemble what they used to be.
There were even devastating fires caused by gas leaks when homes were ripped off their foundations and no way for firefighters to get to them because of downed power lines and trees and mountains of sand and debris. In some beach neighborhoods the sand was piled nearly 5 ft high!
Around day three we could venture out but we still could only see our immediate area–hard hit areas were blocked off by the National Guard or Police. Then came access to the photos–Heartbreaking photos that were difficult to comprehend. This devastation ripped apart hundreds of miles of the coast (as well as other states up and down the east coast). It took homes, businesses, and lives and has changed the Jersey Shore forever. I am so blessed and grateful to have minimal damage and most of all that my family and friends are safe. I honestly cannot imagine what these families are going through.
Its now November 8th, there was a nor’easter last night that dumped 5 inches of snow on our town, causing more transformers to blow up, and more power outages. Its been an uncomfortable 11 days for me and my family, but one devastation after another for so many others. Linemen have come from all over the United States to help restore power to the hundreds of thousands left in the dark. National Guard, Police, and First Responders of every kind had come together to help. FEMA is here helping those who need it most. Governor Christie has done an amazing job in the face of all of this devastation. Radio stations (in my case NJ 101.5) provided up to date information and were the only source of information for so many people without power. I am sure that I have not mentioned all of the people that have and are presently working tirelessly to help residents of NJ begin rebuilding their lives. New Jersey and its inhabitants have a long road ahead of them putting their lives and towns back together, but they will rebuild their homes, towns and lives. It will take some time, but it will be better than before.
If you would like to help with the recovery and restoration of the Jersey Shore and/or provide support for those people who have lost so much I have provided a few links below. These are the ones I know of now, but I am sure there are more that I am unaware of at this time. A call to the town hall in any of the towns above may be able to direct you to the right people.
Fundraisers are being held (thank you wi-fi) to help the people who have lost so much and to help rebuild our beautiful Jersey Shore. Our Governor, Chris Christie and his wife have started the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund just click on the link for more information. You can also make donations to the Red Cross/Hurricane Sandy. MTV is hosting Restore The Shore –live on air, online and mobile on Thursday, November 15th (this is mainly for the rebuilding of Seaside, NJ.) Any small effort will be greatly appreciated by the people affected by the storm.