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.
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