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Debris everywhere in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Ortley Beach will have a way to go to cleanup the damage wreaked by Hurricane Sandy. Volunteers from Viridian Energy helped in that effort spending the better part of a day moving debris to curbsides in the town. 

shorefriend December 12, 2012 at 01:56 PM
I wonder what the end result is going to be? What will it look like after the cleanup? Can't imagine this quaint place gone. So very sad!
Wallace C Smith Jr. December 12, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Even from the air the mounds of garbage is visible. How sad indeed!
VoiceofReason December 12, 2012 at 02:13 PM
It's unreal to see this. After being so used to how it looks over there I can't imagine how different its going to be. so sad.
Debbie Bury December 12, 2012 at 02:48 PM
We need more help in Ortley Beach for clean up
Tom Woodward December 12, 2012 at 02:55 PM
What's really sad is that the rebuilding is on the shoulders of the homeowners who lost everything on the first floor. Bathrooms, kitchens, furniture, walls, wiring. FEMA will not give any help not even a loan to us as this area is mostly second home ownership. I gave up vacations yr after yr to have a shore home. Thanks for absolutely nothing FEMA.
Cynthia E Miller December 12, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I wonder if FEMA is going to pay for Ortley Beach, just like they are paying for everyone else (sarcasizm). I have yet to meet anyone that this so called FEMA is helping. FEMA is helping "no one". They should be ashamed of themslves. So what good are they?? I have never been so disgusted in any organization in my entire life. The insurance companies are taking advantage of homeowners, FEMA, construction workers, need i go on. I am so disgusted you have no idea. Not to mention everyone i have just menioned taking advantage of our elders. You call this "help". where are you people??
Gina December 12, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Yes I agree, my 77 yr old parents can not remove backyard debris of the 9 homes that ended up in there backyard....town won't help as they claim FEMA doesn't pay them to and no flood so we are at a standstill...terrible to know that in a time of need with a 500 yr storm exception are still not made. Seem so un-human!
Gina December 12, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I find it very unfair how individuals that work their tales off to purchase real estate as a nest egg are kicked to the curb for working hard, paying high taxes and now in a situation that is obviously worse then ever seen in history has such a unwillingness to help people in our situation. I have donated so much to the community w an open heart. I have faith help will come but no faith that government and their ungodly hearts will be part of that. Stay strong without FEMA all!
shorefriend December 12, 2012 at 03:11 PM
FEMA is not for 2nd homeowners, think about it do you really want tax dollars bailing out vacation homes? I realize that most of these homes are of a moderate nature but that fact is if you did not have flood insurance on your 2nd home, you are sort of up sh--t crrek with out a paddle!!
PJ Ortley December 12, 2012 at 03:46 PM
There are volunteer groups like Surfriders available to help clean up debris and remove wet walls. They were a great help to us. Go to Ortley Beach NJ or Friends of Ortley Beach on Facebook and you can sign up for help. You can also go to First aid squad building on 6th and ask for help. They plan to be available to help this Friday Sat and Sun.
KMcWade December 12, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Yes, Gina. We had Surfrider and the Mormon's Helping Hands simultaneously help us clear out my elderly neighbor's yard. He had pretty much most of the Ortley boardwalk, plus everything else that hitched a ride on it, land in his yard. There are places on Facebook where you can find them. Or visit http://jerseyshore.surfrider.org/.
Chief Wahoo December 12, 2012 at 04:50 PM
do you finally understand !!!! the government will not help you.....thats federal, state, county and town......all those levels of takers and not a one will help......keep paying those taxes however, we need to pay our public "servants" its only going to get worse from here......be prepared
Mr J December 12, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I feel terrible for everyone who lost homes from the storm. I could not imagine what it would be like to ever go through such an event. But as a tax payer I agree 100% with the 2nd home FEMA rule. I know this origination deserves a lot of criticism but I think this rule is fair. What about purchasing flood insurance or am I missing something here?
Sandra December 12, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Most people from out of the immediate area think the boardwalk will reopen in Seaside on Memorial Day. I keep telling people that Belmar may but forget about Seaside since so many homes in the surrounding area were devastated by the storm. I would like to send this to everyone I know who is in "lala Land". I live so close but was fortunate enough to lose only power and food. God Bless these people who have had their lives turned upsidedown.
WMS826 December 12, 2012 at 06:36 PM
These homes have been way over priced for decades. They are uninsurable under most conditions except fire on a sunny day. This was a water event so the insurance says not my problem, the national insurance is good for only 250k. I guess we are learning that FEMA s not the big sugar daddy that it was to the chocolate city of New Orleans as stated by its own mayor.
photogal December 12, 2012 at 07:06 PM
I am sorry that everyone is finding out what those of us from the Louisiana coast already knew about FEMA frustration and rebuilding. WMS826, even though NOLA and 9th Ward was most of what you saw in the news, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita which hit three weeks apart devastated the coast line from Alabama to Texas. Most of us fended for ourselves with the help of church groups and other volunteers. FEMA did some crazy things with some of the money but did help with the massive piles of debris. Then came the "rebuild" rules which priced many people out of being able to rebuild. Some towns are still almost ghost town with nice schools (FEMA), rec centers on high stilts with hardly no one to attend because you can't afford to rebuild. I was holding my breath that NJ barrier islands wouldn't find out what we already knew. I am a southern girl who has learned to love the Jersey coast over the last 6 years and this all breaks my heart. Even if you had regular insurance and flood insurance, it is a huge hassle. Many had to sue to get money from either entity. From experience, it is much better to rely on self, family, church, your own insurance, etc than the government. A lot less paperwork and frustration.
Brick85 December 12, 2012 at 07:46 PM
As a resident a Local. I feel the pain that we are all going through. This is over difficult for us all. Bit complaining about it is not going to help the cause. There are resources out there as people have posted such as the surf riders. I believe its time as people we stop looking at ourselves and taking things so personally. You are not alone as their are thousands of others in your same situation. Also, I would guess that none of you that are complaining so negative about the gocernment actually follow politics and what is going on. Had you followed and dove deep into understanding what is happening on each level of government you would see this was all in their action plan. To be honest what they are doing in the areas affected is light years beyond what they did with the Gulf Cost. I also agree with the second home rule. I respect people who worked hard for that second hone. But honestly have some compassion for us locals who have made the Jersey Shore our only home. You have another home to live in. The locals do not. My thoughts are with everyone and I pray that we can see some more human compassion for our fellow humans.
Ortley December 12, 2012 at 08:10 PM
We bought this "second home" years ago and worked and still work hard to keep it. We also put over $200,000.00 into it so we can move there full time. Glad we didn't pull that trigger yet but....we still will do it ! We had insurance so I am hoping it will cover cost to put it back together,not looking to profit,just replace. I pay full time taxes and don't get much for them,I and am not looking for handouts. I shoveled feet of sand out of my home myself,cut walls myself,pulled out everything we owned ...myself.....just let me in to take care of what I still have and remember this Toms River.....I will move there and I will vote. I agree if it's a 2nd home that FEMA will not help,anyone living on the ocean,river or lake without flood insurance is a gambler.....and we all know gamblers don't always win.
Stacy December 12, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Ask Obama, he will help you!
Cade December 12, 2012 at 08:18 PM
it does make sense that fema won't pay for second homes, it's unfortunate but 2 homes is a luxury not a necessity...my family got lucky in a way by the fact that we recently took a mortgage out on the house which has required us to have flood insurance, and although they're not truly covering the full amount of damage, only what water touched, it's far better than nothing, to make up for cost me and some help from family members have been tearing the house apart ourselves, which is no doubt a back breaking heart breaking task...my heart goes out to those with no financial options, left with no other home to go back to, just everyone...this town has been the only place I've called home since I was a teenager where my son spent most of his life this far...telling him we had to throw out his bed and watching my 5 year old cry broke my heart...I wish everyone the best in rebuilding our quaint little town...it'll take time but we will be back...Although seaside will prob be back sooner with their huge government grant to rebuild...65 billion if I heard correctly? could be mistaken though, been more important things going on
Life on the Water December 12, 2012 at 08:42 PM
As someone in the same situation as you, except across the Bay, I feel and understand your pain. Very often folks don't realize how hard you worked to have this "Second Home". My wife and I lived paycheck to paycheck for 20 years to have it all destroyed in an afternoon. So much for the "Best laid plans of mice and men". Chin up, my friend, this too, will pass, albeit very slowly.
Patty December 12, 2012 at 10:46 PM
I agree with the FEMA 2nd home rule. If you can afford a 2nd home- even a modest one- you can afford flood insurance. I have it on the only house that took on over 2 feet of water on the mainland (bay area). I live paycheck to paycheck, but I have insurance for reasons like Sandy. I wish everyone affected a full recovery, but if you have a 2nd home & didn't bother to insure it properly- especially when it is located on a barrier island- you chose on your own to gamble. Don't blame FEMA.
Mr. ? December 12, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Where is the Ortley Beach home owners association in this time of need? I understand the Surf Riders and other Church groups are helping with labor, but there are many who would be willing to help individualy. I recently saw a letter written to the Patch calling out for help with no contact information. Most individuals have been under the perception that they are not allowed on the barrier inland because of traffic and security...only two per vehicle. Perhaps Toms River schools could provide transportation of helpers, coordinated by the home owners associations. Financial aid and insurance resource problems will be the most difficult. Time for another town meeting in TR with our state legislatures and Governor! As far as people willing to help you, there are many.
badabing December 13, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Biden 2016!
Mr J December 13, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Can anyone volunteer for the surf riders group? Or is this private? I would like to put some time in to help does anyone have a contact number Thanks
PJ Ortley December 13, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Anyone can help. Go to Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ortley-Beach-NJ/27471611729#!/joandelucia You will see in the comments that you can provide help or get help. Please get the word out that volunteer help is available this Friday in Ortley Beach.
PJ Ortley December 13, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Here is a link if you want volunteers to help you this Saturday in Ortley Beach: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHMtc3FYQk94d1VkQlppZXFBLWtTT3c6MQ
Lee Kissel December 13, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Its called payback,Obama said in a speech in 2007 that New Orleans got no help in Katrina because the people were black,now he wants to show you what it feels like !!
CanWeTalk? December 13, 2012 at 06:08 PM
FEEL SO BAD FOR YOU. NO ONE UNDERSTANDS THAT 2ND HOME OWNERS PAY FULL TIME TAXES. TO ME, IT'S A SHAME IT'S HOW IT'S TREATED, BUT, THAT BEING SAID, WE WHO DO HAVE HOMES THERE, AND ELSEWHERE CAN BE THANKFUL THAT IT WASN'T ONLY HOME, AND THAT WE HAVE ROOF OVER HEADS...IT'S A CATCH "22". HOPE THE BEST FOR EVERYONE, 1ST, 2ND, AND OR ALWAYS!
D CLARKE December 15, 2012 at 05:18 AM
I wish my mom (full timer) knew about these wonderful folks in Ortley, willing to help the seniors. I came up from North Carolina for the 1st two clean-outs/salvage, but, my son and I could not even dream about getting to the furniture and the yard which had a lot of 6th Ave in her driveway and back including telephone poles and I think a transformer cover. Now she hired a contractor, who also happens to be a family friend. I pray all goes well--With her and all of you going thru the clean-up and repair. I do have a question--if anyone knows--when will we be told, if the homes are sound enough to refurbish? as well as the ground won't sinkhole again, under the recent patterns after the storm? Thank All--

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