Hurricane Sandy Displaced More than 5,000 Toms River Residents Since Storm

3,000 from Ortley Beach

A reddish pink mark on a township map — it's code for a house that is missing or part of a block of "unidentifiable rubble."

Orange means 60 percent or more of a home is damaged.

There's about 225 orange and red marks in Ortley Beach alone, according to the map presented at Toms River township council last night.

An estimate of the number of Toms River residents displaced by Hurricane Sandy easily tops 5,000, township officials said.

"That's a low figure," said Toms River Township Administrator Paul Shives.

Rounding to 3,000 Ortley Beach residents, and 1,500 mainland residents, the number of people displaced from their homes are living in hotels, evacuation shelters, rental properties, with friends or family. Shives said at a state Senate Budget Committee meeting Monday that the figure is likely much more.

"There are quite a few in local hotels here, getting access as permitted," said Shives, noting that many of these longterm hotel tenants are barrier island residents. Those neighborhoods — Ortley Beach, Normandy, Chadwick, Silver and Ocean Beaches — are still under a mandatory evacuation and are permitting residents to enter for clean-up on certain days between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The map of affected properties shows the red and orange blocks — those that were destroyed by Sandy or faced significant devastation — are mostly located closest to the oceanfront. 

The color green — properties which faced little flooding or water damage — is marked the least on the map. For the most part, the barrier island map is the color yellow: denoting damage to the first floor from flooding, damage defined as zero to 30 percent.

Homes, businesses, public property was damaged. "We have an estimated 9,000 properties affected," Shives said. "That includes mainland devastation we’d never imagine."

About 225 homes in Ortley Beach are gone or cannot be occupied, Shives said.

"This is significant. This is substantial," said the township administrator.

Previously, Mayor Tom Kelaher said about 20 percent of the township's tax base is gone.

Shives said that beyond the financial costs of rebuilding, the township will see a tremendous impact to the revenue side of the township budget. Taxation, tax assessments and suspending building permit costs will each have a dramatic impact.

For example, the township approved $35 million emergency bond ordinance for the storm's emergency costs. In comparison, the total annual budget of Toms River is just over $100 million as it was approved this May.

"We’re going to need some help bridging this gap financially," Shives said.

Rebuilding the township could take 2, 3, 5 years, he said.

"I've never seen a storm where roadways are gone," he said.

Irina November 28, 2012 at 03:22 PM
I still have a hard time understanding WHY it's taking so long to get displaced residents out of tents and onto Ft Monmouth and Earle. There are hundreds of empty units on both bases. Who is dragging their feet?
tuna stick November 28, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Interesting statement by Paul Shives hinting at the fact that taxes will be going up by saying "We’re going to need some help bridging this gap financially,"
shorefriend November 28, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Ortley is a disaster why won't they let the permanent residents back on a daily basis to the areas that are still viable to continue with cleanup and rebuilding?
LiveinTR November 28, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Those that were lucky enough to escape without a total loss of their home will face the next disaster soon. Yes the unfortunate people that have been displace and lost so much do need all the help we can give them and deserve a break on their tax obligations. But how many who were lucky in regards to the storm will not be able to survive a 20 to 30%, or more increase in their property taxes next year?
Donald Pawluk November 28, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Michael I am very sorry to hear about you and your daughter. Best of luck to you both. We are also displaced from Ortley beach and just when you think things are the worst they can be I read a story like yours. Hang in there.
Irina November 28, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Kelaher and Shives are more concerned with a loss of the tax base then thr true problem...People are homeless. It sounds heartless and uncaring and it smells like the res of the citizens are getting a huge tax increase. Let's all call this political suicide for both those cartoon characters!
Irina November 28, 2012 at 06:35 PM
And for the people who can't afford the 20-30% increase and decide to sell 4% of the sales price will go to Obamacare. Screwed from both sides.
Chief Wahoo November 28, 2012 at 06:53 PM
you people better start demanding a CUT IN EXPENSES !!!!.....otherwise you will never be able to keep up with what is coming .....that financial "tidal wave" will make Sandy look like a sunshower Be Proactive, Wake Up.....Time is running out !!!
Johnjcpa November 28, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Because there isn't enough room to remove the debris in the areas where the residents are working. From my observation Sunday, some people are trying to rebuild without doing adequate remediation to eliminate mold.
Johnjcpa November 28, 2012 at 10:32 PM
@spoken And what has the ACA have to do with the sale of property in NJ? Your purpose in life seems to be to add nothing of value to any discussion.
CanWeTalk? November 29, 2012 at 01:24 AM
CanWeTalk? November 29, 2012 at 01:37 AM
firstly, christie said there was no need to hold onto daylight savings time, when, obviously there was. You can understand that it gets too dark to early and areas need protection, or at least, that's what we're told. there is no way out of this mess. just no way.. unless, the people "TAKE OVER" don't know how that can happen. and if it did, boy, would "COOL HEADS" have to prevail. sorry people, it's just so disasterous....darn
CanWeTalk? November 29, 2012 at 05:25 AM
@mr. wahoo....how can we be proactive? there doesn't seem to be a way. we don't know each other? we can't give information on the posts. what should we do. we cannot be one without many, you should realize that. alone, we have no chance.
Martin November 29, 2012 at 12:22 PM
"I have spoken" (below) has spoken incorrectly. Only PROFITS above $500,000 per couple on INVESTMENT property sales will be taxed 3.8% That affects mostly rich investors, not most of us!
Chief Wahoo November 29, 2012 at 01:06 PM
People need to take control of their lives. Everyone must take days off from their job and show up at town meetings and get mad , get real mad. Stop paying property taxes and put in escrow so you don't fall behind when you do have to pay. Which will not be for over 2 years. Stop paying your mortgages and get the banks involved to put pressure on towns, counties and states. Do you think the banks really want your moldy soggy underwater (literally) boxes. No they don't !!!!!!! The answers are so simple. But they take guts and they take thinking outside the box. The system is broken. Most cannot keep up making an honest living and the wheel is going to be sped up much faster on 2013. Starve the machine and you will be able to breathe again. Stop being afraid. Stop being sheep. Government produces nothing , they can only take from you and take from you by force.
doreen November 29, 2012 at 01:41 PM
T R has and is NOT waiving fees on building permits like most other towns. They are hitting us some more when we're down.i called the building dep and was told that' s what the mayor and council decided. Gee i don t remember that being on their meeting agenda.i wonder if any of them lost their homes and are feeling the heat like we are. How much more blood can they suck from us. This mayor has to go. He doesn t talk about people only revenue.
Bob November 29, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Wahoo is right, STOP paying taxes. Starve the machine. Can you imagine what would happen if we all stopped paying taxes? The taxpayerers would be in control! NOT the polititions, who owe their paychecks and fat pensions and free health benefits to us while most of us will have to work until we drop. POWER TO THE PEOPLE! Bob
1stcav November 29, 2012 at 02:17 PM
YOU were all forewarned before this NOV. election about The "Good OLD Boys Club" yet YOU chose to vote them in once again....Same people , same out come...The Sheriff needs a walker, can't drive himself and he's in AGAIN.....So sad that the sheep of O.C. follow that party line....You get what you pay ( voted ) for...so look in the mirror and blame that person !!!!
1stcav November 29, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Michael I did E-mail you @ your G-mail site..Also Gyspy from AL post 129 contacted you..Did you get the # to call for work ???? He's hoping for a good out come !
grace November 29, 2012 at 03:23 PM
this is a perfect example of why i think its STUPID to worry about a bubble at the int school..cant believe its even on the agenda..waste of money and time..clean it up throw it away and help the families/children who have been so terribly affected by the storm..unless you plan on using it for displaced families..o wait no bathrooms etc
shorefriend November 29, 2012 at 05:12 PM
This type of negativity and hate is not needed, obviously the person you voted for lost and you sound like a sore loser, but calling the majority of the voters idiots makes you sound like a schoolyard bully, now go take your ball and go home. And here is a revelation, they are all the same, so don't think that you chiice for Mayor, council, etc would be doing any better,,,, politicians are politicians. The way to get things resolved is action from the citizens. I agree with chieff wahoo, withhold tax money, write letters, make phone calls and show up at the door step demanding action
Ajv November 29, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Bubble was stupid first time around,top agenda help everyone get theirs lives back. Tired of political bs
Hurricane Sandy November 29, 2012 at 11:24 PM
How about once we are all FINALLY allowed back onto the Barrier Islands full time. We start communication here with each other to plan a rally. PEOPLE WORKING WITH PEOPLE vs THE TOMS RIVER POLITICAL GARBAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hurricane Sandy November 29, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Lets see the gross receipts from the money brought in from the bubble over the past 5 years. From track teams of schools all over the state and what every else was held there. Then lets see WHERE THE MONEY WENT. I bet you won't find it. Can you spell "RITACCO and CRONIES. Why do you think after it was voted down. They passed it anyway!
grace November 30, 2012 at 12:24 AM
keep hearing its for the children....o come on....
CanWeTalk? November 30, 2012 at 01:43 AM
"POWER TO THE PEOPLE WON'T HAPPEN" unless the PEOPLE make it happen. And they won't do it. no way, no how, you have no idea! The leaders and police are in charge. That's the way it is. And all those out there can't do a thing about it. You'll be smashed and crumbled by the Martial law being allowed, and by the cronies who run SSH, and other towns. You are all venting here. And that is good. So, you've satisfied your need to be heard. You've argued and put down your fellow posters, you've laid out ground for ideas on how to handle the situation. NOW WHAT? Tell me, now what???? I CAN'T STAND THE BROKEN SYSTEM... I want the power to go to the PEOPLE. How can it be done. Someone here start taking the chance. Give others a venue where we can all get together. I've tried. It's fruitless. Okay, just keep venting I guess. It's as far as any of you will go.
CanWeTalk? November 30, 2012 at 01:45 AM
I'm game
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there'snohope December 10, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Every worker every store owner should not show up or open their doors. Taxes should not go up for our fellow Americans! When we help other countries for free because we as individuals pay the price no matter what. Why can't politics get ruled out when we ad Americans need help? I don't get it! I'd rather go to war with America and have them build my country for free! I am American I love this country and would die for my fellow Americans!
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Im in


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