Hurricane Sandy - The Aftermath On Long Beach Island

The Dunes Before Hurricane Sandy

THIS IS OUR BEACH JUST DAYS BEFORE HURRICANE SANDY TOOK IT FROM US.
THIS IS OUR BEACH JUST DAYS BEFORE HURRICANE SANDY TOOK IT FROM US.

These are my own photos taken on the first day I was permitted to get on Long Beach Island. these photos will show Hurricane Sandy, the aftermath on Long Beach Island and what I saw with my own eyes in which the sites brought tears to my eyes.


Below Are All the Photos

Hurricane Sandy massive destruction to Long Beach Island. The photos I have taken are only a few of what I have. To see this mass destruction with your own eyes is horrible is unspeakable. You would have to see it with your own eyes to see the devastation first hand.

Starting with the first few photos are what the beaches looked like before Hurricane Sandy took it away. It truly breaks my heart to see what the beaches looked like and only a day or so after I took those photos, the beaches were gone. Mother nature is nothing to fool with. The power of the Ocean is unbelievable! I truly think that 90 % of the destruction came from the water surge and not from the 90 MPH winds, although, yes the wind did do destruction as well, but the water was the main thing that changed the face of Long Beach Island forever.

Yes, we will rebuild, but it will take many years to get Long Beach Island back to where it was before Hurricane Sandy hit.

Some of the other photos are of my sister's house. The back yard with the next door neighbors dock in her back yard. Sheds gone and missing to the sea. Upside down and everything inside ruined as well. The front yard with all her belongings ruined and thrown to the trash, along with thousands of other homes on the Island and in Beach Haven West.

The site of all those homes on the Island and Beach Haven West would make anyone cry. All of those people's belonging, and in many cases their life long memories. All gone and ruined by the destruction of Hurricane Sandy.

There are about 10,000 year round residents on Long Beach Island. Everything they own was gone by one single Super Storm called Hurricane Sandy.


The photos you see of the boats in the marshlands are from the Island. They floated and blew from the Island and as the water level went down the boats remained just as the photo shows. I have no idea how in the world they are going to get all those boats back, unless they use a huge helicopter to lift them out of the marshland and back to land.

The damage to 1000's of boats whether they are in the marsh or scattered about the roads on the Island. Boats up against houses, upside down and totally ruined.

The photos of the work being done on the restoration of the beach and the dunes will take some time. To see the tractors on the beach moving the sand back up to make new dunes is being done the whole length of the Island, in which is 18 miles long total.

At the very Southern end of the Island is called Beach Haven and Holgate. Those places got hit even worse than up North of the Island. The Ocean met the Bay in more than one place on the Island.

The video at the end of this hub is of Holgate down at the far South end of Long Beach Island that is still not open to anyone.

The photos of the sunset is only feet from my sister's house. It is so amazing how beautiful the Bay is in that photo compared to one week ago when the Bay was like the Ocean destroying everything in it's path.

GOD BLESS ALL THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN EFFECTED BY HURRICANE SANDY, BETTER KNOW AS THE SUPER STORM OF OUR LIFETIME. WE LOVE OUR ISLAND AND ALL THE FOLKS THAT LIVE HERE, WHETHER IT BE YEAR ROUND RESIDENTS, OR JUST SUMMER RESIDENTS. WE WILL ALL STICK TOGETHER AND REBUILD OUR LIFE AND REBUILD OUR BELOVED ISLAND, CALLED LONG BEACH ISLAND. STAY POSITIVE AND STAY STRONG. NO GIRL CALLED HURRICANE SANDY WILL EVER BRING US DOWN!!

Restoration of All the Dune on Long Beach Island-summer of 2012

BEAUTIFUL WHITE SANDY BEACHES ON LONG BEACH ISLAND, (BRANT BEACH) THE SUMMER OF 2012
BEAUTIFUL WHITE SANDY BEACHES ON LONG BEACH ISLAND, (BRANT BEACH) THE SUMMER OF 2012

What Hurricane Sandy Washed Away

BEACHES AND DUNES WASHED BACK TO THE SEA
BEACHES AND DUNES WASHED BACK TO THE SEA

All of My Sisters Belonging out for Trash

Back Yard

Arial View from Next Doors House

The Start of Clean up and Clean Out

The Missing Dock Platform That Is Now in My Sister's Back Yard

THE GRAY HOUSE IN THE BACK ROUND OF PHOTO HAS THE BOTTOM SIDE BLOWN OUT FROM THE SURGE OF THE WATER.
THE GRAY HOUSE IN THE BACK ROUND OF PHOTO HAS THE BOTTOM SIDE BLOWN OUT FROM THE SURGE OF THE WATER.

Water Level One Day Before Hurricane Sandy Hit

IN THIS PHOTO THE WATER LEVEL WAS ALREADY COMING UP A DAY BEFORE THE SUPER STORM HIT. RIGHT THEN I KNEW IT WAS GONG TO BE BIG TROUBLE.
IN THIS PHOTO THE WATER LEVEL WAS ALREADY COMING UP A DAY BEFORE THE SUPER STORM HIT. RIGHT THEN I KNEW IT WAS GONG TO BE BIG TROUBLE.

Across the Street

OUR NEIGHBOR ACROSS THE STREET. THINGS THROWN EVERYWHERE AFTER THE WATER SUBSIDED.
OUR NEIGHBOR ACROSS THE STREET. THINGS THROWN EVERYWHERE AFTER THE WATER SUBSIDED.

Beach Haven West Just Before Long Beach Island Bridge

THOUSAND OF HOMES IN BEACH HAVEN WEST LIKE EXACTLY LIKE THIS. EVERY STREET LOOKS THE SAME.
THOUSAND OF HOMES IN BEACH HAVEN WEST LIKE EXACTLY LIKE THIS. EVERY STREET LOOKS THE SAME.

Hundreds of Homes All Look the Same

MORE LOSS OF SO MANY PEOPLE LIVES, MEMORIES AND BELONGINGS. SOMETHING THAT TOOK SO LONG TO BUILD UP, GONE IN HOURS.
MORE LOSS OF SO MANY PEOPLE LIVES, MEMORIES AND BELONGINGS. SOMETHING THAT TOOK SO LONG TO BUILD UP, GONE IN HOURS.

Starting to Rebuild Dunes

THE START OF REBUILDING OUR DUNES ON LONG BEACH ISLAND. (BRANT BEACH)
THE START OF REBUILDING OUR DUNES ON LONG BEACH ISLAND. (BRANT BEACH)

Beginning to Restore Our Beach

THE WORK BEGINS LESS THAN ONE WEEK AFTER HURRICANE SANDY TOOK OUR BEACHES.
THE WORK BEGINS LESS THAN ONE WEEK AFTER HURRICANE SANDY TOOK OUR BEACHES.

Hurricane Took Everything Away Back to the Sea

BEAUTIFUL WHITE SANDY BEACHES JUST GONE
BEAUTIFUL WHITE SANDY BEACHES JUST GONE

As the Tractors Are Pushing up the Sand from the Waters Edge, It Looks like They Are into the Raw Earth. the Sand Is Not Pure White like Long Beach Island Is Kn

THE SAND BROUGHT UP FROM THE OCEANS EDGE TO REBUILD OUR BEACH AND THE DUNES TO PROTECT US FROM FUTURE STORMS. WE ALL HAVE TO START ALL OVER AGAIN.
THE SAND BROUGHT UP FROM THE OCEANS EDGE TO REBUILD OUR BEACH AND THE DUNES TO PROTECT US FROM FUTURE STORMS. WE ALL HAVE TO START ALL OVER AGAIN.

Tractors Moving Sand up from the Ocean's Edge to Build up the Dunes That Were Washed Away

WORK IN PROGRESS BUILDING UP THE DUNES ON LBI
WORK IN PROGRESS BUILDING UP THE DUNES ON LBI | Source

Boats Washed up to the Main Road Just Before Lbi Bridge.

THERE ARE SO MANY BIG AND SMALL BOATS WASHED INTO THE MARSHLANDS.  THEY ARE EVEN IN THE WOODS TO THE RIGHT OF PHOTO.
THERE ARE SO MANY BIG AND SMALL BOATS WASHED INTO THE MARSHLANDS. THEY ARE EVEN IN THE WOODS TO THE RIGHT OF PHOTO.

We Will Rebuild Bigger and Better

THE SUNSET. NOTHING CAN TAKE THAT SITE FROM US. (NOT EVEN HURRICANE SANDY) THIS IS WHY SO MANY PEOPLE LOVE LONG BEACH ISLAND
THE SUNSET. NOTHING CAN TAKE THAT SITE FROM US. (NOT EVEN HURRICANE SANDY) THIS IS WHY SO MANY PEOPLE LOVE LONG BEACH ISLAND

The Sunset at the End of Our Street After Hurricane Sandy Hit. Sandy Can Not Take Our Sunsets Away, Can She?

MY SISTER AT THE BULKHEAD TAKING THE SAME PHOTO AS I DID, SHOWN HERE.
MY SISTER AT THE BULKHEAD TAKING THE SAME PHOTO AS I DID, SHOWN HERE.

Published By Ryan Morrill and Video By Jay Mann

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

All the damage that Sandy caused is very sad. All the debris that must be cleaned up. I'm glad you and your family are well. You will prevail, just like you said, bigger and better. Thank you for sharing the photos.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Sunshine625- Thanks so much for your comment my friend. yes we will make the Island bigger and better than ever before. Things like this make us all stronger and and in so case being closer and loving each other every more.

God Bless!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Mark,

Having been to Long Beach Island when I lived in New Jersey, it saddens me greatly to see the destruction.

Your strength will see your family, friends, and neighbors through this. I look forward to seeing your Hubs of the rebuilding process. I especially look forward to seeing your photographs of the new and improved Long Beach Island.


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

This is devastating! I am sorry that Sandy trashed your sister's house and her possessions. These photographs are evidence of all the destruction. Is insurance going to pay for storm damage?


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Daisy, thank you for your comment here and as well on FB. I can't wait to start writing of the new and improved LBI. Everyone is now working their tails off to get cleaned up and start to rebuild their homes. Also everyone is helping each other as well. Thank you for your kind words to me.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

lovedoctor926 - Thank you for reading and your comment, The house has to be completely gutted. Everyone has to do this the right way. There are no short cuts for mold reasons and our health. So it has to be done right. yes the insurance adjuster has to come out and them they will determine the cost for repairs etc. Take care and thanks again :)


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Mark - I and my 11 yr old son survived Hurrican Iki when we lived in Hawaii. The entire Island looked like a bomb hit, destroying everything. I'm so sad for all who have gone through the terrible tragedy of Sandy. Thank you for sharing all of your photos. They speak volumes. Praying for you and sending hugs.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Our hearts continue to go out to everyone up your way. We just heard tonight that some friends there were reconnected to their power after two weeks. It is heartening to hear how many people are trying to pull together. Glad to see your photos and your positive comments to encourage others not to give up. I hope more help can get through to people and their homes very soon.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Very sad at what happened, but I love your photo capsule expressing the sun will always shine. I have friends there who are still experiencing some difficulty with their electricity. Enjoyed your post.


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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

The power of this storm was amazing. Your pictures are wonderful and really tell the story. I am glad you and your family are safe and have such a positive attitude. So many have lost so much.


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joanveronica 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

Hi there, these photos are stunning! So sad to see all that destruction. However you can be grateful it wasn't a tsunami that hit, all those houses would no longer be recognizable as such! Take it from me, Nature can be even more harsh than Sandy. But you will rebuild! That is a given, we humans always show our best side when we have to face these challenges! So here go my best wishes for the future, and have a good day!


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ShyeAnne 4 years ago from Deep Bay, British Columbia, Canada

You captured the devastation well with your photos. Such challenging times for everyone in the path of that storm. I send my prayers..


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ Audrey- Thank you for your comment and your prayers to all of us effected by Sandy. I am so glad you are okay from the storm in Hawaii. These super storm are nothing to mess with that is for sure. God Bless you my friend and thanks again.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

RTalloni- Thank you for commenting and I am glad to hear that your friends have finally got electric back. Everyone involved in the horrible storm must, as hard as it may be to keep that positive attitude. Thinking positive and smiling will make things go much better. I realize so many people have lost everything, but they have to stay as strong as possible to make this all work out and get our lives back.

Never ever give up on anything in life.

God Bless you !


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

teaches12345 - Hello my friend and yes the sun will always shine. There is nothing better than seeing the sun rise and set everyday, Such a beautiful site and the best part is that there are not one alike. I am glad you enjoyed the hub.

God Bless you !!


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

lrc7815 - Thanks for reading and your comment. Thank you for your concern of my family. We are doing just fine none. I will be helping my sister get her house cleaned out in the upcoming weeks. So much to do. It is really overwhelming for everyone that has been effected by this super storm.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

joanveronica - Thank you for your comment and I can't even imagine a tsunami. That is some scary stuff. You are right, you don't mess with Mother Nature. It is so powerful. I just hope this is not something that will happen time and time again.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

ShyeAnne - Thank you so much for your prayers. They are helping believe me. This brings everyone so close, but it is such a shame it takes something like sandy to get people closer together. Maybe this is a warning for up above. That is my opinion and just maybe right.

God Bless and nice to hear from you :)


klarawieck 4 years ago

Aww... Mark, I'm a bit too familiar with this kind of destruction. But coming from experience, just know that human beings always make the best of these disasters and we stick and pull it off. You will rebuild and it will be better than it was originally.

Blessings!!!


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ Klara- thank you Klara. I am sure you have been through ,many disasters in Florida. You are so right. Things like this do make us humans get closer and begin to love each other a bit more than before. God Bless you Klara

We will make LBI bigger and better for sure.


klarawieck 4 years ago

That's the spirit!


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ Klara- Positive attitude right ? Believe and you will achieve :)


AudraLeigh 4 years ago

Mark,

It is pretty traumatic to watch through the television of what you and my sister experienced in NJ after Sandy. I am sorry about your sister's house and belongings. / I have to say you told us a bitter sewwt story through your beautiful photographs. Two really struck me...1. WE WILL REBUILD BIGGER AND BETTER; a beautiful sunset captured! 2. TRACTORS MOVING SAND UP FROM THE OCEAN'S EDGE TO BUILD UP THE DUNES THAT WERE WASHED AWAY..great shot! I am amazed how they have begun restoring the beach there!


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ AudraLeigh- Thanks so much for reading and your comment. I think our new logo is now called "JERSEY STRONG" That is how NJ acts when something such as sandy goes into our State. Thank you Audra for your compliment on the photos. I will write a hub in a short while about the progress being made on Long Beach Island so that you and many others can see.

Thanks again and God Bless you :)


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

WOW There are no words left really. Your pics did it all without saying anything. So sorry for how bad it hit everyone. I'm originally from NYC so I was awful worried how things were when Sandy roared in. Glad to hear that everyone has rallied and that the beach is already being restored. Bless you one and all. Passing this on.


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the clean life 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Gypsy Rose Lee- Thank you for your kind words and prayers. I have so many picture I have taken and as the weeks go by I will make a hub on the progress in the restoration of our beloved Island (LBI) God Bless you and yours!!


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bac2basics 3 years ago from Spain

Hi Mark.

In June of last year we had a huge forest fire in the area I live and it caused mass destruction of the once beautiful countryside ( see my hub huge wildfire in Valencia, why didn´t it make the news outside Spain) The firefighters were told to save the houses and let the forestry burn, in total 45000 to 50000 hectares of once stunning countryside went up in smoke, this was a monumental disaster ecologically and we are still trying to get some semblance of order, but mother nature is fighting back and we have some green now in places that only a few months ago were completely black. When I saw coverage of Hurricane Sandy I was horror struck and my heart really did go out to you all. I think water causes more damage than fire, at least the planes and helicopters and firefighters on the ground saved out houses, we did suffer damage but mostly everything inside was safe, only a few houses were lost. The most heartbreaking things to loose are personnel mementos, family photo´s and the like, there is no replacing those treasure memories. I hope things are getting back to normality now for you all, and this never happens again. I wish you all the luck in the world.


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the clean life 3 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Anne- I am so sorry for taking so long to reply to your comment. I am so sorry to hear of the horrible fires in your area. Hopefully, the area will grow back more beautiful than ever. It is very sad to see beauty being destroyed by fire or even water. That is a lot of acres Anne. I hope things start growing back better than ever and the beauty will been seen again, although it will take time, but it will happen. We are rebuilding here at the Jersey Shore, but the thing is we are still getting hit bad with Noreaster storms. Still massive damage to our beaches with each storm. We replace the sand and dunes and the next storm takes that sand right back to sea.

God Bless you and stay strong my friend :)


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MrsBrownsParlour 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

Hello Mark, I found you here from a link on Bill Holland's WordPress blog. I'm in Illinois now but I grew up in Brick....so I drove over the Mantoloking Bridge countless times, I have so many memories of the Point Pleasant boardwalk, Seaside, etc., and I've been to LBI too. I followed the storm and aftermath through friends and family and felt so helpless to not be close enough to help with the cleanup. And as you just said, the Shore keeps getting hit with more. It's crazy. But they will rebuild. Thanks for writing about this!!! :-) ~Lurana @MrsBrownsParlour


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the clean life 3 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Lurana- It is very nice to meet you and thank you for your comment. Bill Holland is a great guy and he allowed me to do a guest post on his blog. I grew up on LBI (Ship Bottom) since the early 70's when my parents bought a home right on the bay and still have the house( or should I say what left of it) today. My sister will be tearing the home down and rebuilding in a week or two. It is a shame to see the original home gone. Many fond memories there as a child and up to today as well. Everything has to change I guess sooner or later.

Thank care

Mark

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