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PHOTOS: In Ocean Gate, Cleanup Begins

As water recedes, residents begin work to recover

Ruined furniture and wet belongings filled front lawns and bags of discarded items piled up along streets gave a testament to the damage done by Hurricane Sandy in Ocean Gate on Thursday.

The borough's boardwalk was lifted up, torn apart, tilted on one edge as a result, and residents worked to fix rooftops and pump water out of basements.

"I have five feet of water in my basement," said Sean Hosey of Chelsea Avenue. "I couldn't go down there yesterday because it was too deep. I saw photos of my kids and my nephews floating around."

"I don't even want to look at the things we've lost," he said. "I just want to get rid of it."

jessica carver November 02, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Although i am saddened to see such destruction, i am happy that most of this beautiful area survived. We will rebuild!
Stephanie Hunter November 02, 2012 at 05:29 PM
We live at the far end of sevens near Newport n we flooded...but I'm glad we r all safe n together, n as Jessica said, we will rebuild
Joann Dulina November 02, 2012 at 09:02 PM
To add insult to injury, the mayor declared on 10/31/12 that residents are expected to haul their own debris to the dumpters near the public works building. some of us received this news during our clean up attempts hand delivered by someone knocking on our doors and handing us a copy of the declaration. insanity! try getting a front end loader and a dump truck to help us, Mayor Kennedy! we have enough on our plates.
Jeannie Blythe November 02, 2012 at 09:16 PM
My heart goes out to all. I lived in NY/NJ for most of my life. I now live in another state and I heard something on the local new today (more than once). There were power co trucks at a "waiting" center in Va. thay were from Alabama on their way to NJ to help. They were handed papers stating they must be union workers or leave. Needless to say, they are on their way back to Alabams. You guys need help not unions or politics. God bless you all.
Joann Dulina November 02, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Governor Christie stated today that the non-union issue was the result of one source of bad communication. He confirmed with PSEG & JCPL and the union that non union help is welcome by the power companies to help NJ deal with this crisis.
Rosalynn November 03, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Does anyone know how 420 Rivera looks? This is in OceanGate. We sold this boardwalk house about 15-20 years ago. My grandmother bought it in 1949
rschumm November 03, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Anyone have photos of OG area just west Yacht Club at OG Ave down to the cut. Maps say the road here is W.Riviera which didn t exist when my Family rented at bungalos along West Chelsea in 50's/60's. Many many fond memories.
Joann Dulina November 04, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Good news...Ocean Gate residents are getting debris pickup! Thanks, Mayor Kennedy!
TT November 07, 2012 at 03:43 AM
When are they picking up debris and does this include trees??
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