Destroyed Homes on Toms River Barrier Island Creating Unforeseen Questions

Houses moved to other lots by the devastating water and wind of Hurricane Sandy

Your house, rocked from its foundation by the powerful surge of Hurricane Sandy, manages to float down the street and make a right turn up the block.

Or, your undersized lot now has three of your neighbors' homes sitting on it.

The questions that arise from this nightmare are mind-boggling, but still deserve an answer, said Toms River Office of Emergency Management Director Paul Daley.

As his daily tasks shift from coordinating emergency response to now facilitating the layers of administration for FEMA and Toms River, Daley gets many very specific questions on disaster response thrown his way.

But in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, so many questions were unfathomable.

One homeowner returned to assess damages to her Ortley Beach home and found three other homes had crashed into her property, Daley said.

"She can't get a hold of any of the homeowners," Daley said. "What does that person do?"

With more than 225 properties severely damaged in Ortley Beach, there's also more than 3,000 residents displaced, said township officials previously.

In some cases homes were washed away, sending oceanfront properties into a mess of rubble into Barnegat Bay.

A schedule in place through Dec. 7 has barrier island residents alternating specific days of access depending on their street address. For example, Dec. 3 has residents who live in the middle section of Ortley Beach (Washington Avenue to Rt. 35 South) allowed in to their homes starting 8 a.m.

And yet the damage is such that Daley has received questions wondering when you have access if your street address is in one section but your house was floating into another.

"I've had people call and ask 'My address is in a section that has access on Tuesday but my house is now located in a section that has access on Wednesday. When do I go in?'" Daley said. "Figuring that out is really happening."

Ajv December 04, 2012 at 09:58 PM
I'm peeing in a bucket, got 13 more cold ones oh yeah!!!
Right Turn December 04, 2012 at 10:09 PM
We are in Green Island. My ranch was destroyed, as in had 3 feet of water thru-out. Not even sure if we want to go back. I am sure at this point I owe the mortgage company way more then it is worth in the destroyed condition it is in now. Maybe let them worry about the repairs, because it destroyed the entire ranch inside. everyhing was ruined from the floors, walls, all the electric, my elec box was cut, the heating system, one side of the ranch looks dislodged, its a shell now inside. Not sure what we are going to do.
charlotte December 09, 2012 at 04:34 AM
The electrical permit was waived after a lot of people paid them. Will they be sending refunds?
charlotte December 09, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Ajv - reporting in from where buddy?
charlotte December 09, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Completely agree with the mobile command center. The beach should succeed from the mainland and enter into shared services agreements for coverage. It would seem logical that it could be done cheaper than being the piggy bank of the towns/ county. Are there any young attorneys out there that want to change the status quo?


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