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Irene: One Year Later

How has the 2011 storm impacted you?

Sunday marks the first anniversary of the storm that pulled trees from their roots, flooded cars, decimated homes and businesses and left thousands without power.

After Irene blew through Toms River, Seaside Heights and neighboring towns in August 2011, Toms River Patch was there to cover the hurricane that had been downgraded to a tropical storm.

One year later, we're asking you: Does the storm continue to impact you? What changes did you make in and around your home? Did your business, or neighboring businesses survive the wind and flood damage?

Add photos of your neighborhood from the storm, and photos today so we can see how far we have come since the worst storm since 1985 hit the Jersey Shore.

Leave your comment below, and share your stories about how Hurricane Irene impacted you and your family.

JV8778 August 22, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Thank you random poster for your comment. Many people do not know the ones going out in the middle of the night to keep them safe are under appreciated, I for one go out on emergency callouts in snow and rain away from my family and take pride in my work I do it properly and safe. It may look to some as an easy job thats not dangerous but tell that to your co workers wife in the middle of the night that he's not coming home while the management just does a callout from their bed at home. A linemen just died in Wall a few weeks ago. As a woman with a job some would call "man's job" I risk my arm getting ripped off by one quick move of a cable snapping and being electrocuted to death all I'm stating is we deserve the benifits we were promised when we were hired so when we retire we can still make ends meet. I'm really shocked how many people say they don't care about us that is what happened to this country not many care. I care about the 45,000 workers and thwir families and their well being hell I even care about those posting angry rants. I respect opinions but I do care more about the many working good people over the greedy rich CEO's making millions hoarding money instead of caring about others. As for hurricane's if we had a cat 5 our infrastructure would easily come undone most of it hasn't been replaced in decades because your money is spent on executives bonuses not proper tools and materials your hard earned money is paying for.
Chu-Man-Fu August 22, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Agreed - People have no concept of what first responders, emergency response crews, utility crews go through during a crisis situation. I for one am thankful for the work that you do. As I have said in previous posts on various articles it is the I, me, me, mine attitude that makes me sick. The continued bashing of the people that support out Critical Infrastructre, Emergency Responders, and Military just reminds me daily of the need for people to wake up and realize that everything has to start somewhere and usually the starting point is the first call with subsequent calls falling in line - If you can't live without your TV, Computer, A/C, etc. for awhile then buy a generator and have it properly installed lest you kill yourself of someone else. What are you going to do WHEN (not if) we have a real catastrophe where outages last weeks & months not hours or a few days. Wake the Hell Up people and stop being the spoiled brats that most of you are! There are countless resources available to you telling you what you need to prepare for an emergency - Take the time to read and adhere to them rather than spending your every waking moment on Face Book or the internet .......
Chu-Man-Fu August 22, 2012 at 07:48 PM
And BTW - I served on both sides of the fence - Union and Management - I don't blame the death of America on Unions. I blame it on the politicians that sold us down the river with their policies, free trade agreemnents, etc. They caused this! Do I agree with ALL union entitlements : No By the same token I don't believe that some poor schlep in China, Mexico, India or elsewhere should be paid a fraction of what an American Worker would be paid and therefore entitle the parent company to make exhorbatent profits - Nike is coming out with a $350.00 LeBron James sneaker - How much do you think they are paying their "employees" to manufacture them? What do you think their profit margin will be? And where do you think the biggest market will be? Look around you - OK Toyota and the like have manufacturing plants in the U.S. They employ thousands of people but where do the profits and employees' purchase $'s go? - Right back to the to the other side of the oceans. While we have massive unemployment, starvation, and homelessness right here on our very own terra firma. BOYCOTT IMPORTS !
JV8778 August 22, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Thank you Chu man fu! I agree with you and also want to inform people so they understand management at lower levels are in danger too they have no job security many have been laid off and when the strike happened these managers were sent out to do work they've never done some didn't have CDL licenses and their were many injury incidents that of course the media didn't report they only reported the few union members that lost their cool at rallies. Now the company has sent some managers to line school because of these incidents. They know they were putting these managers at risk and these managers didn't have job security and had to do dangerous work or risk getting fired for insubordination. Its the high up positions that are risking everyones safety. They pay insurance companies to drop lawyers business insurance if they take cases against them for getting hurt! Politicians dont care because most of them are crooked too. I hope we don't have a disaster but if we do and you see a utility worker outside dont harrass them about how long it will take how about offer them a drink of water or better yet wave say thank you and let us work safely. We care about our jobs and yours but they higher ups in government and corporations are blinded by special interest my special interest is the well being of our country support us as we do you. Keep america's jobs safe and our jobs here.
Chu-Man-Fu August 23, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Well stated JV - I'd feed and put you up for a rest if I needed to! - Don't let the "self-entitled" drag you down ! And thanks again...... Just one correction to your comment: Most politicians aren't corrupt - They all are ! The right person for the job doesn't get elected because he can't drum up the benjamins to get him elected --- It's the old adage - Show me an honest politician and I'll show you someone who doesn't hold office! - I'm done ranting ,,,,,But in this country at least I am able to do so without fear of retribution from the Gov't. (for now)

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