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Rebuilding After Hurricane Sandy

Updated on September 27, 2013
The beginning stages of framing the first floor of the new home.
The beginning stages of framing the first floor of the new home. | Source
Three days into framing and the 2nd floor and roof rafters are up.
Three days into framing and the 2nd floor and roof rafters are up. | Source

Hurricane Sandy hit the New Jersey coast line on October 29, 2012, and destroyed many properties, homes, businesses and lives as well.

People that worked their entire life to have a home on the barrier Islands, and those that worked their entire life to building up their businesses were all ruined, if not destroyed when Hurricane Sandy hit all of the barrier Islands up and down the Eastern Coastline.

I am from Long Beach Island, and the home in which my sister and I were brought up in since the very early 70's was one of the hundreds, if not thousands of homes that were effected by this Super Storm.

The photo below is where many wonderful fun times happened in my early childhood years, and to see this little bungalow be destroyed was heartbreaking to say the least. My Sister and I watched as the home that all our fond memories were built be demoed all because of Super Storm Sandy.

After the storm hit and we were aloud back on Long Beach Island, we were frightened for what we were about to see. We were sent photos of the Island, and our home by people that chose to stay on the Island even though they were ordered to evacuate.

To see the photos that were sent to us were not as bad as seeing this devastation with your own eyes.

There was not one home or business that was spared from Hurricane Sandy. Our family home had five (5) of water in it, and everything as you might guess was a total loss.

As the days passed, the mold grew at a alarming rate. We emptied all contents of the home, all furniture, clothing, appliances to the curb to go to the dump along with every house on the Island. It took months for the Island to be cleaned up, but I have to give a Huge thumbs up to all of those, Government and private Companies that made this all happen and cleaned up our Island for us to have a fresh beginning. They all worked day and night to get everything back in order as swiftly as they could, so Thank You to all those involved in this massive cleanup!

Every street looked like a bomb went off. To see this first hand brought a tear to our eyes, but even though Sandy took our belongings, and our home, Sandy would never be able to take those fond memories away from my sister and I.

Our Family's Little Bungalow On The Bay

Here is the cute little bungalow right on the Bay that my sister and I grew up in since the 70's and with one Super Storm it was destroyed.
Here is the cute little bungalow right on the Bay that my sister and I grew up in since the 70's and with one Super Storm it was destroyed. | Source

Here Is Just One Street Out Of 1000's On L.B.I And Beach Haven West

This is Beach Haven West were Lagoons are behind every single home. As you see the streets are covered with people life's belongings.
This is Beach Haven West were Lagoons are behind every single home. As you see the streets are covered with people life's belongings. | Source

Our Family Home Being Demoed - A Very Sad Day

Such a sad day to watch our family Sea Shore home be demoed. The end of a family era, but a brand new start for my sister and her husband with building a brand new home on the same lot.
Such a sad day to watch our family Sea Shore home be demoed. The end of a family era, but a brand new start for my sister and her husband with building a brand new home on the same lot. | Source

Only The Land And Memories Will Last

Here is whats left of our family Sea Shore Home. An empty lot awaiting for a new home to be built.
Here is whats left of our family Sea Shore Home. An empty lot awaiting for a new home to be built. | Source

Pilings Being Put In For The New Home

Here are the pilings and the new foundation 10 to 11 feet off the ground for the future home to build on.
Here are the pilings and the new foundation 10 to 11 feet off the ground for the future home to build on. | Source

All From One Super Storm

As you can see from the photos above, once a cute little bungalow, to an empty lot, all because of a storm that had no mercy on anyone or anything on Long Beach Island, the Mainland, and up and down the Eastern Coastline.

It was truly a sad and frightening day while Hurricane Sandy was hammering down on Long Beach Island, and all the barrier Islands in it's path.

As many evacuated the Island, everyone had that fear of what was yet to come. Forecasters were spot on with what they said regarding where Sandy was going to make landfall. They were focusing on Atlantic City which was a bit South of Long Beach Island. In fact Atlantic City is only across the Holgate Inlet.

The storm surge took many homes right off their foundations,and wiped out under all Holgate homes that sat right on the beach. Many homes were simply washed out to Sea, including all their worldly belongings people had inside those homes. Truly very sad!

Water and wind is nothing to mess with. The power of Mother Nature is unbelievable to say the least. The surge took everything in it's path, leaving streets and yards with feet of beach sand when all said and done.

As we say here in New Jersey, "WE ARE JERSEY STRONG AND WE WILL REBUILD"

This is exactly what we have been doing for almost one year now since Sandy tried to destroy our Islands forever. Well, sorry Sandy, nice try, but you will never beat us New Jersey people, and all those also effected by this huge unthinkable storm.

Lets all pray that is will never happen again, but no one will ever know what Mother Nature has in store for us in the future. In the meantime, all of us are working hard to bring our Islands back to what they were before the storm, and all cases, better than ever!

Not only New Jersey was effected, but up towards New York and beyond were also effected by this Super Storm we called, "Hurricane Sandy."




Here is my sister's and my boats 3 days before Sandy hit our Island. CALM BEFORE THE STORM!
Here is my sister's and my boats 3 days before Sandy hit our Island. CALM BEFORE THE STORM! | Source
All the Dunes on the Island being rebuilt higher to protect us form any future storms and Ocean surges.
All the Dunes on the Island being rebuilt higher to protect us form any future storms and Ocean surges. | Source
Hundreds of Boats scattered on many roads.
Hundreds of Boats scattered on many roads. | Source
Once a Marina and as you see boats piled up on each other on Land.
Once a Marina and as you see boats piled up on each other on Land.
Boats just in piles. So Sad!
Boats just in piles. So Sad! | Source
Houses under water
Houses under water | Source
Beach front homes being washed off their foundations.
Beach front homes being washed off their foundations.
This is our dock 2 days before the storm was about to hit. When the surge and the high tides hit is when we had 5 feet of water through the house.
This is our dock 2 days before the storm was about to hit. When the surge and the high tides hit is when we had 5 feet of water through the house. | Source

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© 2013 Mark Bruno

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    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Rock nj- thanks for reading and your comment. Yes you are so right, homes on pilings will be better by far. Our house is up 11 feet on those pilings and if the water get that high WE ARE ALL in huge trouble !!

      Thanks for your kind words too.

      As you know, we here in NJ are surely NEW JERSEY STRONG!

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Mike Robbers - Thank you Mike for reading and your comment. Also thanks for the kind words. We are getting there slow but sure.

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      Mike Robbers 

      4 years ago from London

      That's always the hardest step to take and find your inner power to rebuild your life. Best wishes to you and your family.

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      John Coviello 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      That's great to see your family's home being rebuilt on stilts on LBI. Unfortunately, Sandy is just the beginning of many storms that will inundate LBI in coming decades, as seas levels continue to rise and the chances of superstorms increase over time. The houses that are on stilts will be well protected from these monsters.

      Here's to many great years and memories in the new raised home on LBI!

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Bill- Thank you so much. Yeah it was hard, but we are strong and my family is a tight and loving family, and there is nothing we can't do with the love and support of each other. Thanks for reading Bill and may God Bless you always. It's great to have you as a friend!

      Mark

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There are no words, Mark. I didn't even know which buttons to hit at the end because nothing described this article properly. Blessings to you and your family my friend.

      bill

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