As Rebuilding Begins in Brick, So Do Checkpoints and Looting Worries

Checkpoints to be set up in various neighborhoods

Brick residents have started to rebuild.

A few days after Hurricane Sandy washed ashore, Brick residents who lost everything – down to their own beds and mattresses – began the long and costly process of rebuilding their homes and their lives.

Some were publicly resilient. A boat laying in the middle of Drum Point Road in the Shore Acres section had a banner hanging from its T-top: "We Will Fish Again," it said.

Other Brick residents, still out of power, focused on the simple things in life.

"It feels so good to just get warm, have something to eat and watch TV again," a woman at Bubbakoo's Burritos on Brick Boulevard told a reporter around lunch time Thursday.

The restaurant had become something of a gathering place, with staff members welcoming regulars and tempting newcomers with special prices. The free Wifi Internet access was welcome by most.

But on the minds of many Brick residents, as well as township police, was the possibility of looting in the face of homeowners being displaced by houses rendered uninhabitable due to flooding and wind damage.

Brick Police Sgt. Keith Reinhard said Thursday night that the police department would set up checkpoints at the entrances to the Cherry Quay, Shore Acres and Baywood neighborhoods.

Only residents with identification that proves they live in the neighborhood will be let in, he said.

The department has already received a couple reports of potential looting or burglaries, he said.

Many Ocean County police departments have been echoing similar concerns and have taken similar reports.

The barrier island neighborhoods are being patrolled by National Guard troops, as well as the Coast Guard and marine police, to ensure looters do not try to access the island by boat.

There are also still widespread safety concerns on the barrier island, Reinhard said.

"That is totally inaccessible to any civilian homeowners, anything like that," said Reinhard. "It's stlll way too dangerous over there."

Reinhard said 129 National Guard troops are in Brick, with between 20 to 30 also patrolling Bay Head. The troops will be deployed to both mainland and barrier island neighborhoods.

"They have been very helpfu," said Reinhard. "A great bunch of people and they have been doing a great job."

knarfie November 02, 2012 at 12:31 PM
scumbags who do this should be shot on sight.
Mary R Thompson November 02, 2012 at 12:53 PM
God bless JCP&L for keeping us warm and working so hard. Thank U
Mary R Thompson November 02, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Love the workers at JCP&L but I said that before
A Polymath November 02, 2012 at 02:19 PM
The info posted on Comcast channel 20 still warns OEM says not to drive, yet they also list the places to take your trash since collections are suspended. ... This article mentions customers yesterday at a Brick Blvd restaurant. So can we drive or not? I'm itching for a pizza from Frank's by Home Depot- will I get in trouble if I go there, or do I have to settle for a burrito????
Nan Narfe Coll November 02, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I am still out of state and my son does not want me to return without knowing the availability of gasoline for my car. Any info in the area around exit 91?


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