PHOTOS: Green Island, Holiday On the Bay Residents Displaced
Parts of Green Island still without power; houses devastated
Green Island residents have complained that they're still without power, even though Hurricane Sandy hit nearly three weeks ago. But many - or as many as 228 residents - also may be without a home.
So say workers and recovery operators who are trying to clean up the wounded developments as it continues to recover from Sandy's destruction.
Patch did a tour of the developments Wednesday, and found that the bay-area neighborhoods are recovering in a similar way to those of Ortley Beach and other waterfront communities.
Tenants of all 228 units of the Holiday On the Bay apartments were displaced, according to Bob Moran, maintenance supervisor.
The complex sits hauntingly empty at the end of Kettle Creek Road.
Renters are allowed in to get their belongings as long as a staff member is with them.
"Our community, Holiday On the Bay in Toms River, New Jersey, did suffer extensive damage due to Hurricane Sandy," said Karen McAlonen, Sr. Vice President of Operations of Morgan Properties.
"We are currently assisting all residents in getting them into their homes to retrieve personal belongings and to locate resources available to assist them with current needs," McAlonen said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with all people affected by this devastating natural disaster."
Rich Wieland, who lives on the Kettle Creek Road extension just west of Holiday On the Bay, was busy ripping up water logged walls and flooring.
Decorative bulkheading was strewn about his front lawn.
"We had one foot of what turned out to be waterfront property," he said with a sense of humor.
Asked about the power situation, Wieland pointed to a chained up generator. "It won't be for a while," he said. "We need permits and an electrician."
In the meantime, he is staying with a friend, Jim Neimeth, who lives in Brick Township.
Allen Wurtenberg, whose brother lives off Green Island Road, said his brother's power was turned back on Wednesday.
"And he had just got back with a generator," Wurtenberg said.
Describing the damage, he said, "It's like two different neighborhoods...the before and after."