I am glad to say that this will be the final Hurricane Sandy post for me. I visited some of the areas that were reopened to the public yesterday. Some areas are still closed 10 weeks later but a lot of the affected areas are seeing some progress in the cleanup. Rt. 35 South was open from the Mantoloking Bridge all the way to Seaside Heights. Rt. 35 North was closed going into Bay Head. South Seaside Park and all beaches along the barrier islands were closed to the public.
Some of the areas I drove through were on the barrier islands of Mantoloking, Brick Township, Lavallette, Ortley, part of Toms River and Seaside Heights. I had previously visited Ortley Beach a few weeks back and posted about it earlier so this post will not include Ortley.
One area in particular suffered a devastating loss. It was extremely sad to see the 60 or so homes in the Brick Twp. area that had burnt down. The area looked like a war zone. It will be a long recovery for these residents and hope that they can one day rebuild.