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Engineer Estimates Damage to Parks, Infrastructure at $25-$30 million from Sandy

The Township Engineer estimates that Hurricane Sandy damage done to parks, public beaches, roads, sewers and other infrastructure will range from $25 million to $30 million, so far.

Hurricane Sandy's damages to Toms River's parks, roads, sewers and other infrastructure will cost between $25 million to $30 million, Township Engineer Robert J. Chankalian said.

"We have lost a lot of township property after Hurricane Sandy," said Mayor Thomas Kelaher, who noted that bulkheads, beaches, and the township's lifeguard stations were lost to the storm.  Kelaher and other officials made comments Friday afternoon at a press conference outside the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center on Fischer Boulevard. 

Chankalian's estimate includes the $1.4 million in replenishment of Ortley Beach's dunes, Chankalian said after the Nov. 16 press conference. Chankalian said the dune replenishment will begin Monday, since inaction could have far more devastating effects in that storm-ravaged section of the township.

The dunes will be rebuilt on the public sections of the beach, since public money cannot be used for private property.

Ana Prodani November 18, 2012 at 04:29 PM
On Sat the township pushed some sand against the entrance ramp which did nothing to protect the area. In my humble opinion the homeowners whose homes were washed away have the unprotected entrance ramps to thank for that. Again, if those entance ramps continue to be left unprotected during a major storm such as Sandy, the 1.4 million will be washed out to sea once more. It is the tax paying homeowners, many whom were year round residents that lost their homes who should be bitter, not you.
Ana Prodani November 18, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Vision Beach North resident homes were washed away, because the breach on Harding eroded a portion of the 30 foot high, 60 foot deep and 200 foot across dune, that has protected the community since 1948. That dune was built and maintained by the grandfathers of many residents whom still live there today. The dune was braced by a retaining wall and had more sea grass and Bayberry then any dune on the island. It was the largest dune on the entire island! Vision Beach has always been self sufficient. We maintain our own streets, clean our own beach and pay for our life gaurds,all out of pocket. Our lots are 50x50 and our taxes are between $8k to $10k per year! Our sand is prestine and does not need replenishing. Go visit the replenished beaches whose dark coarse sand stinks and is infested by bugs and then tell me relpenishing is a fantastic idea. All the replenishing in the world would not have protected us from Cyclone force winds, but having a dune on Harding would have prevented the carnage that took place.
Ana Prodani November 18, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Please listen to me...I saw the carnage, and I'm telling you that the majority of the damage was due to the open access ramps!!! Even if they rebuild all the dunes public and private, what good is it, if the access ramps are left unprotected! Thats where the breach happened. Once the water breaches it erodes the dunes to the right and left.
Ana Prodani November 18, 2012 at 04:48 PM
The biggest, strongest dunes in the world are not going to help if you have beach access ramps that are left unprotected. Also Sea Bright had sea walls, that didn't help them...
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