Crews Starting Slow, Long Cleanup Process In N.J.
ASBURY PARK, N.J. (KDKA) — The Jersey Shore may never be the same after Superstorm Sandy, but crews are now starting the slow and long cleanup process.
Sand was pushed several miles inland during the storm; and on Friday, bulldozers started moving the sand and clearing roads.
The damage is so staggering it’s hard to comprehend.
“It’s gotta be the worst storm in recorded history right here,” said Reid Murphy, a N.J. resident. “It was mind-boggling.”
In decimated Sea Bright, N.J., Murphy is the emergency coordinator.
“We knew it was going to happen someday,” Murphy said.
The day of reckoning did come to towns like Belmar where a two-mile boardwalk was completely destroyed.
There’s also destruction in Asbury Park, which has been famous since the 1920s as a family resort, and made famous again for its association with Bruce Springsteen.
Asbury went downhill and has recently gone through a rebirth; but after Sandy, it will have to be born again.
The first priority is restoring power, getting the kids back to school and gasoline.
Then, there’s the rebuilding, which will take massive amounts of money, might and tenacity.
“It’s going to come back,” said Murphy.