Sand, water, boardwalk cover Absecon Island, AC

October 31, 2012 2:30:54 PM PDT
It's the first sunny day since Sandy came to town and on Absecon Island, the cleanup is getting under way, but it's a huge job and it won't be done any time soon.

From a broken boardwalk at the north end of Atlantic City to huge piles of sand in the streets of Longport, officials and residents of Absecon Island are assessing damage.

In Longport, where both the ocean and the bay breeched the bulkheads, there are literally tons of sand to be moved off of streets and the first floors of many homes.

The strength of the water washed away decks and sections of the seawall. Beaches that had once been wide swatches of sand were left barely big enough for a single lounge chair.

In Margate and Ventnor, the water is beginning to recede from the beach block streets, but some homes still remain flooded.

In Atlantic City, the northernmost section of the boardwalk, around the inlet area, was destroyed. Cleanup efforts are already under way.

Piles of lumber litter much of the area and in some cases, people's homes, as part of the boardwalk swept into a homeowner's garage.

A curfew is being enforced by Atlantic City police, meaning no one is allowed on the streets between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has postponed Halloween until Monday, November 5th for the entire state.