: After the Storm...Long Beach Island, NJ

After the Storm...Long Beach Island, NJ

New Jersey's coastal counties have been declared a disaster area by Governor Corzine.

Though the rain and wind subsided over the weekend, yesterday was the first day local and state officials could take a firsthand view of the damage.  They were out in force on Long Beach Island, calling last week's storm the worst in a decade.

Most lagoon front property in Little Egg Harbor and  Manahawkin fared well, some of the beaches on Long Beach Island were not so lucky.

Damaged Dune
Bulkheads and jetties saw some real action during the 4 days of wind and rain.
Missing Sand
Beach Protection? 

The beaches in Surf City handled the storm far better.  Last year, Surf City received beach replenishment help from the Army Corps of Engineers.  The wider beach and plenty of dune grass helped against the winds and high tides.
dune grass Surf City 
That's not to say the Surf City beach was debris free...
Debris Surf City
So as state and municipal officials continue to tally the costs to repair the damage on the Island, some were just enjoying the remnants of the storm.
Surfer Up


Comment balloon 13 commentsLaura Giannotta • November 17 2009 06:47AM



Hi Laura:

That was some storm we had.

I can't remember the last time I heard winds THAT LOUD!

Looks like it didn't stop the surfers however!!!

Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) over 10 years ago

  Mother nature can land some devastating blows to the landscape and properties...no one looks forward to tallying the damages...finding out the insurance coverage they should have or could have...or can't have...good luck !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 10 years ago

Every year, even here in NC, we see on the news, damage done by storms at the Jersey Shore.

I've been there plenty of times, but never during a storm. Those people get hit every year.

I guess it's part of the tradeoff for living in such a beautiful place.

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 10 years ago

We had a lot of erosion and damage of the beaches here in Virginia Beach also.

Posted by Gene Allen, Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate (Fathom Realty) over 10 years ago

It is sad to see there was so much damage to docks and piers. I have to say the homes looked like they escaped the worst of it which is good news! I am sure the surfers were out in force while the big waves were there!


Posted by Betina Foreman, Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY (WJK Realty) over 10 years ago

Laura, thank you ... I absolutely love those photos.  I wish I lived that close to the ocean now.
(I was born that close to the ocean, but have been away from it for over 30 years, and it's hard)

It does look as if the homes escaped without 'injury'.  Now it's time to clean up the beach.
Hopefully the beach front residents help out with that.


Posted by Sylvie Conde, Broker, Toronto Real Estate (Sutton Group-Associates Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 10 years ago

That is a lot of missing earth.  Surprising how much damage water can do in  a short time.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 10 years ago

A big storm can move a lot of ground in a little time can't it? We've seen a lot of wind and rain the past week, but no beaches here to damage.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 10 years ago

It's pretty humbling to see the power of a storm.  Looks like the homes along that stretch escaped serious harm.

Posted by Kate Wheeler, CCIM - Murphy NC Real Estate for Sale (Country Homes and Land Murphy NC Realtor ) over 10 years ago

Thanks all for stopping by...the damage on LBI alone is estimated in the tens of millions!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) over 10 years ago

Corzine would certainly know about disaster areas, after all look at his work in NJ! Just kidding. I've been to a lot of places - but growing up in NJ and visiting the shore always makes it a "homey" place.

Posted by Stephen Kappre, Helping You Home (KW Hometown) over 10 years ago

Wow, four days of it.  Glad it wasn't here in Kentucky.

Ya gotta love those surfers.  Travelling to get to the storm areas to get bigger waves!


Posted by Erby Crofutt, The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY (B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com)) over 10 years ago

Nice pictures. I haven't found the time to walk the shoreline. Thanks.

Posted by Gregory Bain, For Homes on the Jersey Shore (Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance) over 10 years ago