Day before super storm Sandy. All preparation that could be done with the help of friends who we will introduce later in photo album.
Our story starts on Fri. before storm when Carmen and I met adventurers Dave and Amy Freeman on Barnegat Bay, Barnegat Inlet and escorted them for stay. Little did they know they would be paddling into eye of storm and with us in the dark for a week of clean up.
Check out their remarkable 11,7000 journey http://www.northamericanodyssey.com/
Photo represents ship shape marina with approaching outer bands of storm
Notice already high tides 24 hours before storm and everything pulled back and tied down.
Everything raised at least three feet off floor.
Already flooded Barnegat Municipal Public docks.
24 hours later, docks where totally destroyed.
Barnegat Bay beach 24 hours prior. House on left destroyed.
Barnegat police informing all to evacuate.
Barnegat Bay beach looking north.
destroyed north of Barnegat Bay beach house after storm
Amy cutting roses before storm.
Barnegat Light across stormy Barnegat Bay.
After evacuating our home too, we could not return to marina for two days and could not approach except by kayak.
Dave & I launched on flooded street with plan paddle across flooded marsh from rear.
We had to do a little bush whacking.
First look of broken through kayaks and flooded street in front of shop
First look at marina. All debrie that you are about to see is from others. Non of it ours!
Notice old wooden motor boat that ended up in lagoon during storm.
Gratefully boat drifted out with next day west wind.
It came to rest on Conkyln Is. and sank.
The most discouraging is our docks where lifted and or destroyed after total rebuild.
Photo three days after storm. Mark inside shop is 4 feet making tidal surge at height of storm at least 6-7 feet above mean high tide when storm hit.
Following photos besides debris show that all watercraft where saved thanks to extensive securing.
Public docks flooded and destroyed.
Clean up begins. Could not have even begun without incredible help from friends.
Mud throughout. Water must have been full of mud from marsh.
Ended up making four distinctive piles.
Slow and steady.
After three long days of lifting and hauling, we had to manually load the same mounds of debris in the front loader.
The Barnegat Municipal worker are GREAT and worked endless hours. Thank you.
Check out clean harbor and land.
Great work by all!
In addition, we removed all watercraft from property.
No small task.
It all ended up in our backyard.
Mark who helped take sailboat out of water and secure.
John, Carmen (wife), myself, Keith, Matt, Dave, Amy
Dave and Amy day before storm
Dave and Amy after clean up
Matt and his dad Shawn. Heave!
Matt, Dave, myself and Amy
Shawn father of Matt...both great help!
Amy, Dave and Matt
Amy and John.
John was very instrumental in saving watercraft.
John and family suffered substantial house damage at family home in Ortley Beach.
Carmen and I want to give a big warm Thank You to all who helped and called with concern for our well being.
We can report we are great and pray that the many who lost all and are still suffering weeks after storm a quick recovery.