Icon Symbol Of Sandy Devastation Demolished
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
May 2, 2013
One of the iconic images of Superstorm Sandy will soon be a memory.
A two-story home in Mantoloking that Sandy pushed off its foundation and into Barnegat Bay is being demolished.
Work crews used a hooked boom to pull pieces from the house and put them on a barge bound for a landfill.
Dudley Ryan owns a home in Mantoloking next to the now-vacant lot where the home in the bay used to be.
“It’s so sad. It’s just haunting. It’s a constant reminder of the strength of that storm system. It’s also a reminder of how fortunate and lucky we were, but watching it come down is a real sense of progress.”
Demolition of 50 more homes in Mantoloking will begin next week.
Mayor George Nebel says most residents want to rebuild, but he believes it will take three to five years for the town to fully recover from Sandy.
“I think we’ll probably have half our homes occupied this summer for the summer season, but probably 150 homes have to be rebuilt after demolition. Building a customer home is a two and a half year project.”
Buddy Young is director of operations for Crowder-Gulf. He estimates his company has removed about 60 percent of the debris Sandy washed into Barnegat Bay.
“We’ve picked up three automobiles, several boats, several jet skis, and the rest of it’s just what we call construction demolition debris, C&D debris, which is broken up piers, docks, houses, whatever floated out in the bay when a wave came across.”
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin says the demolition of the house in the bay is just part of the work that’s being done to remove storm debris from the state’s waterways.
He expects the vast majority of the waterways will be open for boating and recreation this summer.
“Mostly everything is at a certain depth so we can clear it for boats. I mean that’s the key thing. Things that are really deep under the water, some of that stuff we’re just not getting to because it’s just too deep, and it won’t affect safety or boating or swimming or anything like that.”