One Year Anniversary
Today is the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy (or technically ‘Superstorm Sandy’). That once-in-200-years storm wreaked havoc all along its path but seemed to be more apparent in the small oceanfront towns here at the Jersey Shore. I remember prepping for the storm the day before (October 28th). I had my batteries (after having to go to nearly 10 stores to find them), gallons of water, canned foods, a manual can opener (almost forgot that one), candles, matches…. We took down the patio umbrellas, moved the chairs into the screened porch, moved anything that could become a projectile inside, cleaned the gutters. We visited the beach at Sea Bright several times throughout the day before Sandy to photograph the churning waves that were growing larger and larger.
There were huge dunes of sand in place to hopefully save some of it from being washed away and possibly protect the streets from flooding.
The town braced itself as best as it could.
But no one could have predicted what Sandy had in store for us. It wasn’t long before the winds picked up and tree limbs started to fall. My neighborhood lost power for 5 days and we got off easy.
The Jet Star roller coaster in Seaside became an icon of the storm.
For weeks after the storm, entire seaside towns were desolate. They just sat there, untouched, in ruins. The clean-up process started in Sea Bright shortly after the town was re-opened.
On the evening of January 8, 2013, I drove to the beach and was so excited to happen upon this sight that I couldn’t stop crying. Beach replenishment had begun!
These were taken the next evening.
It took many, many months before boardwalks were rebuilt, homes were raised or replaced, and to this day, there are lots that are vacant where residents who lost their homes either could not or chose not to rebuild.
April 8, 2013 – Boardwalk in Sea Bright being rebuilt
Sandy Hook was closed for months.
When it finally reopened in May, the damage to Fort Hancock was apparent.
Most beaches reopened for Memorial Day and although they looked and felt different, we were all so happy that they were able to open at all. The effects of the storm were far-reaching, deeply affecting the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. On this anniversary, it is hard not to think about the fear and sadness we all felt a year ago. And although parts of our shore will never be the same, we are all hopeful that we will become ever better than we were before. And even stronger for having gone through this. I am going to gather a group of photos of the areas that were hit hard to show the progress they’ve made. I will tell you this though….. I wouldn’t trade living at the Jersey Shore for anything in the world.