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.