After finishing work on the bridge, the guys moved onto the barrier island. They spent several days in the Seaside Heights area, then moved north to Ortley Beach.[googlemaps https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=ortley+beach,+nj&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Dover+Beaches+South,+Ocean,+New+Jersey&t=m&ll=39.947582,-74.076691&spn=0.02303,0.036478&z=14&iwloc=A&output=embed&w=425&h=350]
One of the texts he sent me was “the damage is unreal, never seen anything like it.” Here he is under what used to be the boardwalk:
There is sand everywhere and it’s littered with debris.
Another view of the destruction:
Today was the first day that residents had been allowed back into Ortley Beach to survey the damage to their homes. The guys had some downtime waiting to move equipment to the next location, when they noticed a couple struggling to removed water-soaked carpeting and furniture from their condo. Not one to sit around when there is work to be done, Rudy said “lets go help them”. Not only did they help that couple, but they removed stuff from all 6 of the units in that building. The residents were very appreciative and tried to give them money, the contents of a liquor cabinet, etc., but of course they said no.
There was another couple who’s home was destroyed. Rudy had heard the woman crying earlier, obviously upset over the state of her home, yet she came over and offered the guys bottled water. She told him she had lived there since she was a teenager, and now she no longer had a home. Here I am 1500 miles away and I was getting choked up just hearing him tell me the stories.
Something I hadn’t thought about – after 2 weeks of homes being water-logged and no electricity to run refrigerators and keep food from spoiling, Rudy said the smell was getting really bad. And many people were wearing masks since mold growth could cause health problems.
I found a video made by a resident of Ortley Beach. I want Rudy to watch it when he gets home to see if he recognizes anything.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6n6m60vjwc&w=640&h=360]