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Ortley Beach: Calm Before the Storm [PHOTOS]

A gallery of the beach and boards as an evacuation is launched in Toms River's barrier island communities

Ortley Beach in Toms River in the days leading up to Hurricane Irene was a mix of summer tourism, calm bays and large waves.

Lifeguards who manned the beach are now long gone, the stands since overturned as the order to evacuate moved from voluntary to mandatory.

Eric Schubiger said the procedure for breaking down the beaches were identical to closing the beach department for the season, a process that will unfold again in the weekends after Labor Day.

Meanwhile, police signs flashed the message of evacuation.

As a few stragglers stretched their time on the barrier island longer with a last walk on the beach before departure, it was only gulls, pipers and sea birds who were left hanging out on the beach.

Check out our gallery of Ortley Beach's boards and beach pre-Irene.

Tina Wymbs August 28, 2011 at 02:15 PM
please send me any picture of ortley beach i live on washington ave thanks
JoAnn August 28, 2011 at 04:39 PM
Any info on ocean ave. in ortley beach regarding storm damage, power outages, etc. Thank you!
Jared October 30, 2012 at 02:49 AM
My mom lives on fielder ave and they have 8ft of water in their house. All their cars and shed has been washed away. It's the house with all the flags and pirate stuff up
Allison Prodani October 30, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Anyone close to Vision Beach?? Any news at all? Thanx...

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