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."