Rebuilding on the Jersey Shore

January 09, 2013 at 8:30 am

NJToday’s Lauren Wanko reports from Mantoloking, NJ where Sandy destroyed or severely damaged hundreds of homes. MetroFocus airs January 9 at 7:30 p.m. on WLIW21, January 10 at 8 p.m. on NJTV, and January 10 at 9 p.m. on THIRTEEN.

Hurricane Sandy demolished the beachfront and damaged almost every one of the more than 500 homes in Mantoloking, New Jersey. “We lost every single utility in town from cable television all the way to gas,” Special Counsel Chris Nelson said. “I was here a day after the storm and it just looked like Armageddon.”

“It’s unfathomable. If we talk about FEMA assistance, our town really, really needs it,” Nelson said.
Although more than 50,000 cubic yards of storm debris has been removed and the bridge repaired, there is still a lot of work to be done. 58 buildings were washed away by the storm and 139 homes were damaged so severely that they are uninhabitable. “We’re the smallest town with the most amount of damage. We have to take it one step at a time.” Mark Wright, Chief of Police said. “We can’t expect anything to happen overnight– it’s baby steps.”

Besides immediate property damage, the storm wiped out most of the sand dunes spanning the 2.2 miles of shoreline.

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