New Jersey shore cleanup

November 16, 2009

In Ocean City broken decks show just how powerful the waves were as they crashed ashore.

There is also still so much to be done further inland where crews used heavy duty equipment to clear mounds of sand from city streets.

Boardwalks were no exception workers were busy laying down planks where water washed the wood away. Of course, the damage doesn't end there.

"The loss of the dunes jeopardizes all the houses down the row."

Beverly Kochik, Beach Haven's Deputy Emergency Management coordinator, says that the town lost 150 feet of dune that was 20 feet high near Merivale Avenue leaving the pilings of one beachfront home completely exposed and other homes in danger should another storm hit.

"Because the ocean will just come right through and put the rest of these homes in a washout," said Kochik.

Sheila Schneider came to check on her house one in from the beach on Nelson Street and says she'd be concerned about safety if another Nor'easter hit.

"We will hope it doesn't happen for awhile and they will rebuild this dune."

Gary Warrington was among those looking at the mangled boardwalk in Atlantic City. The storm waves here were strong enough to bend metal railings and ravage the boards in the inlet section.

City officials are still compiling damage reports to submit to FEMA for federal aid and so far estimate at least $2 million worth of damage to the famous walkway and another $4 million in beach erosion.

"The waves are just so powerful it just twist apart the boardwalk and there's concrete beams under there and just tore them up," explained Tom Foley, the Emergency Management Director. "This manhole was actually level with the beach. It's an access pipe for the drainage system and what happened now is its 8 foot in the air. So you can imagine we lost 8 feet of that beach in 24 hours."

"The boardwalk was already in need of repair before we got the flooding so it's even worse now," said Lauree Wilkins.

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