Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hurricane Sandy - Long Beach Island

We're getting a little tired of Hurricanes.

Hurricane Sandy hit Long Beach Island at 8PM Monday October 29th.

The Army Corp of Engineers had a beach/dune replenishment project completed for Harvey Cedars 3 years ago which initially gave us about 100 yards of sand between the oceanfront houses and the ocean.  Some of that had washed away over the past 2 years but without that sand, most of the north end of LBI would be doing demolition/reconstruction instead of just cleanup and landscaping mode.

Our house on the left
Our Front Yard
Sandy hit during a full moon and had 2 high tides to remove the entire beach and dune.  Waves were breaking over the dune, running down the street and in to the bay which was already at record flood tide levels.

So far, nobody is allowed back on the island but from initial photos, our house ended up with alot of sand everywhere and probably some water under the doors but it could have been much worse.  We are still in the boatyard and will go home earlier at Christmas to work on the damage stuff instead of cutting time out now. 

Hurricane Sandy seems to have been appropriately named.

East side of my Mom's house

The main road of the island

Here's a video taken just before the final high tide.  The waves are coming over the dune and down the street.  It's a little dark because it was taken with a phone

 Photos Courtesy of Terry Deakyne

These are not pictures of our house but are from houses in the area which show the damage that we potentially could have had:

Photos courtesy of Paul Rice

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