Hurricane Sandy - The Aftermath On Long Beach Island
The Dunes Before Hurricane Sandy
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!!