My family and I checked out the aftermath in Ocean Grove yesterday. Based on what I’ve seen in the news, this isn’t the worst of the damage, but it’s the “backyard” I’ve known all my life, and it kills me to see it like this.
I… I don’t have words.
It looks apocalyptic.
It’s clear that Ocean Grove flooded pretty far inland (it’s dry now, but things seem to have floated into odd places), and the boardwalk is trashed.
I think this stuff hits home the worst when you know what it was supposed to look like.
Remember the Ocean Grove fishing pier I showed you a couple days ago? It was washed into the ocean a few hours after I took that photo.
Ocean Grove fishing pier. Left: 10/29/12, 10:47AM; right: 10/31/12, 5:30PM
Ocean Grove fishing pier. Left: 3/4/12, 5:27PM; right: 10/31/12, 5:27PM
(And by the way, the most popular image circulating the ‘net of the fishing pier getting battered by a hurricane is from LAST YEAR.
Ocean Grove fishing pier, circa 2011. Not my photo. Not from Hurricane Sandy.
Here is a link to its appearance on a 2011 forum: http://stripersurf.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2357506
. I saw that image BEFORE I went out to take my own photo (and in fact it was what propelled
me to go out in a hurricane and say goodbye to the pier). The gate is open in that photo, and the gate was closed when I got there.)
The pavilion, where the Ocean Grove Summer Band and various other things happen in the summer, emerged surprisingly unscathed.
Pavilion. Left: 10/28/12, 11:28AM; right: 10/31/12, 5:39PM
The boardwalk is a mess, even in the good parts.
Ocean Grove boardwalk. Left: 10/29/12, 10:47AM; right: 10/31/12, 5:35PM
The preventative seawall of sand mostly got washed away and deposited onto Ocean Avenue.
Ocean Grove sandy sea wall, an attempt to stave off the hurricane. Left, 10/28/12, 12:11PM; right (all gone): 10/31/12, 5:28PM
The tents and most of the houses seem okay; the Auditorium has some roof damage. (I’ll show that in a day or two. Other people’s photos of the Great Auditorium’s damage are already available around the interweb.)
Flood damage is less visible, but a LOT of places flooded.
Here’s a paraphrased text conversation my mom had with a coworker this morning:
Mom: “Hi Coworker! I have no power and no phone. Do we have work today? How are you?”
Coworker: “Hi Josy’s Mom! Office is closed today. My place flooded. I lost everything.”
My family got off obscenely easy.
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