Coastal Town Of Sea Bright In NJ Devastated By Hurricane Sandy
(WPIX) We did not know it at the time, but what PIX11 cameras captured overnight – immediately after Hurricane Sandy blew across the Jersey Shore served as a preview to this:
Total and utter devastation in the coastal town of Sea Bright.
Alex Medina, who loves along the river, told PIX11 News, “Pretty much everything is gone now. My house is right on the other side of the bridge, probably nothing left.”
With the smell of natural gas lingered in the air, emergency crews worked overtime to clear tons of sand from Ocean Avenue.
Most if not all of this town’s residents are among the 2.6 million people who lost power.
Generator repairman Clark Brandt is a busy man.
“It’s just terrible. This is terrible. My daughter lives in Toms River. Her place was flooded out — the second floor. She was able to stay in the house, but she said it was like a war zone last night there,” said Brandt.
Here’s what’s not in dispute, sea bright emergency officials say the level of damage here is catastrophic.
When asked if the storm was as bad as he thought it would be, Sea Bright Deputy OEM Director C. Read Murphy told PIX11 News, “No, it’s about a hundred times worse. And i knew it was going to be bad. You and I have spoken quite a bit. And I’ve been doing this over 30 years, and uh, this is the most unbelievable thing I’ve seen in my life.”