Two Year Anniversary of Sandy

Hard to believe Sandy was two years ago.  So many homes damaged by the storm have since been rebuilt.  Restaurants and stores have reopened.  People are back on the beaches.  Boardwalks have been replaced.  But there still are people who have not received any aid.  They were displaced from the storm and have not been able to rebuild.  After two years?  That seems crazy to me.  The small community of Ortley Beach is testament to that.  So many lots remain empty. 😦

I am sharing my post from last year which included photos from before and after the storm.  And in that post there is a link to my original Sandy post that contains many more photos of the devastation.  Today I will be thinking about the people the storm affected and I will be hoping that they are settled, where ever they may be now.

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October 29, 2013

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.

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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.

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The town braced itself as best as it could.

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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.

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The Jet Star roller coaster in Seaside became an icon of the storm.

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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.

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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!

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These were taken the next evening.

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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

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Sandy Hook was closed for months.

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When it finally reopened in May, the damage to Fort Hancock was apparent.

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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.

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Post from right after the storm:

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You can read my blog post from last year, which has many photos from the aftermath, here.

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6 thoughts on “Two Year Anniversary of Sandy

  1. Wow.. Your images do a great job of showing how the area was devastated. It’s so easy to forget that there are people still suffering from that storm with all of the news bombarding us these days. I am hoping that people are still reviewing the aid needed to help get their lives back on track! I could not being to imagine all that was lost in that storm.

    • Is that crazy Dino? You would think that at year two they would have been able to rebuild. I know there are many different circumstances and that some people may not have been in a financial position to rebuild. Homes not completely destroyed had to be raised which was a big expense. But if you Google ‘Ortley Beach’ and look at the images, you will see how that town was wiped out and remains that way. So sad…

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