PHOTOS: Cleaning Up Devastation in Toms River

Flooding has receded in many places, but the damage created is immense

Whole homes along the Toms River bayfront were crushed by the water and wind of Hurricane Sandy. Two-story houses and beach cottages were crumpled up and ripped into confetti.

In Green Island, Gilford Park, the Bayshore, East Dover and elsewhere along the Toms River waterfront, whole neighborhoods under water after the storm could now begin the long process ahead: dry out and clean up.

Wednesday and Thursday, flooding had receded. What was next was to survey the damage and clean-up one of the biggest messes and devastation Toms River has faced in years.

Clothing dried on fences that served as makeshift clotheslines. Mattresses and upholestry were tossed curbside along with washed around planks and branches and other debris.

For much of low-lying Toms River, this is reality for days to come, with more than 36,800 without power in the township. The first outages came Sunday; some have been without power since then, residents reported to Toms River Patch.

This photo gallery is of Wednesday and Thursday images along Bayshore, Gilford Park, Windsor Park and East Dover.

For the latest Hurricane Sandy coverage from Toms River Patch visit our topic page here.


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Ilene November 01, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Watch the news Richard..No one can get over there.
suz November 01, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Richard, I am housing "refugees" from Ortley and Seaside Park, and they were completely unaware of the total destruction of the island until they actual left their blocks. Unfortunate, but every house on the island suffered damage. Some worse then others...sorry. No date until they can return but the rumors are weeks due to the roads being covered with parts of homes and boardwalk etc. Good luck!
Deep Throat November 01, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Has everyone but myself forgotten that Toms River is just not a beachfront community?What about all the homes inland with trees on them?????
Karin Kunz-Weiss November 01, 2012 at 06:29 PM
I am trying to find out about Point-o-woods Rd. They are right on the river and Toms River Golf .....I haven't seen any pictures yet
C Balbarin November 01, 2012 at 06:34 PM
How is Silver Bay Road? I heard the flooding was bad, but no word on how bad. Any info's appreciated.
Mark Reilly November 01, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Hi. I have a dear friend who lives at the Anchorage Harbor Condominiums, and I haven't heard from her. Does anyone know if this area was damaged? Thanks.
RayneL November 01, 2012 at 07:47 PM
I see people on the news throughout Toms River and the rest of the state getting angry and upset with authorities all because they can't go back to their homes. These police officers and personnel know more about the situation then the citizens. I understand people want to see what's left and what damage has been done, but about 6 people in NJ have lost their lives. Be thankful you're not one of them.
Gellia Glen November 01, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Does anyone have any information on Barnacle Bills in Ortley Beach?
suz November 01, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Hi all...just saw pix of Ortley Beach area from someone who is on the island today. Wish I could give better news, but Joey Harrison's in still standing but destroyed and the condos next store are no better. There are homes all over the place. It brought tears to my eyes. Sorry to all of you around 2nd to 5th on the beach. Looks bad!
Gellia Glen November 01, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Hi again, Is there any truth to the word that they would bus residents into the barrier areas across the Rt 37 bridge? I'm particularly interested in Barnacle Bills in Ortley Beach. Is it still there? Thanks.
suz November 01, 2012 at 08:06 PM
The pix I saw were from Barnacle Bills, so not sure if it is still there, but from what I remember, I think so, and I say that very cautiously. Don't know how damaged it is.
suz November 01, 2012 at 08:08 PM
I think because of looting, no one will be allowed....they are taking boats over to the island to steal! Image that!! What the heck are they stealing???
Gellia Glen November 01, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Thanks so much! I appreciate the info. If there is anymore about Barnacle Bills, or being able to get there, I sure would appreciate it. Anything.
susan November 01, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Yes my power is on Thank you so much for everything. From the polite lady in the wawa, to JCP&L for getting power back on, The ladies and gentlemen working the "streets"and especially to my friends and neighbors who made this livable.
Karen Douglas November 01, 2012 at 10:52 PM
I'm looking for my daughter and her family, Jamie and Steven Moraes. They live at 1123 Kell's Court Tom's River. Does anyone know how that neighborhood fared? any friends of Jamie and Steve that might know if they and the kids are okay? Thanks from a worried Mom!
Nick November 01, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Does anyone know how much water and tree damage was caused in Holiday City Berkeley? Is there power there? I would greatly appreciate any info, since I cannot contact family there. Thanks very, very much
Catherine Galioto (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Hello Ken Beverly. There's pictures of that in this gallery, as well as: http://tomsriver.patch.com/articles/photos-post-hurricane-sandy-on-route-37#photo-11957240 http://tomsriver.patch.com/articles/photos-post-hurricane-sandy-in-downtown-toms-river#photo-11957140 http://tomsriver.patch.com/articles/damage-around-ocean-county#photo-11948463 For direction on what to do with a tree roadblock or downed wires: http://tomsriver.patch.com/articles/toms-river-and-hurricane-sandy-wednesday-updates
suz November 02, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Holiday City West Carefree is still without power. Not much tree damage or water. Hopefully power will be turned on shortly.
suz November 02, 2012 at 12:41 AM
I think the rest of Holiday City is on...
joan November 02, 2012 at 11:46 AM
We have friends on Kell's Court. They are still without power.
Jillian V November 02, 2012 at 02:10 PM
This is a travesty. So very very sad. I wish I could be there to help my cherised family and friends. God bless my beloved Toms River and NJ.
Nick November 02, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Thank you very much!
Nick November 02, 2012 at 02:42 PM
I greatly appreciate the info, and fast reply. Thank you. If you learn of any other info about damage in Holiday City Berkeley, Bonaire Drive, I would be most grateful if you would be so kind, again, to post the info.
Danielle A November 02, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Any news on Mount Hope Lane in Holiday City? My aunt lives there and I have not been able to reach her. Thanks!
Mattie November 02, 2012 at 04:02 PM
As far as I can tell from driving around it seems like ALL of Holiday City @ Berkeley as well as the other sections of Holiday City DO have power today. I'm just off Bananier down near the far end from Rt 37 and my power was back on Wed. late afternoon. There was very limited damage here in Holiday City@Berkeley - a few big trees down, lots and lots of branches but no flooding or anything like that. Cell service has been very bad around here though. Even today, there are times when you can't get any 'bars' on the cell.
Project Bluebeam November 02, 2012 at 04:05 PM
You have power and you're retired. WHY are you "driving around"?
Mattie November 02, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Well if it's any of your business.... I went to check on my parents (84 and 90 yrs old) several blocks away, as well as on a few other people in my neighborhood. I also needed gas yesterday and went to the nearest open gas station - but I had to drive a little bit to find one.... I also had to go into South Toms River and Beachwood early to check up on other relatives and friends - some STILL without power. Is that OK with you?
Mattie November 02, 2012 at 04:12 PM
And by the way....MANY people who live in Holiday City still work. We aren't ALL retired. Don't you have other things to worry over and make assumptions about?
Elizabeth Slocum November 02, 2012 at 06:41 PM
The building is still standing. I do not know if there was any damage. probably definate flooding.
Karen Douglas November 02, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Joan, Thanks very Much!!!!! Please anyone with information let me know, I appreciate all of you and my prayers are with you!


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