About NJ House Raising
If all you know about the post-Hurricane Sandy Jersey Shore is that “Stronger Than The Storm” song that dominated the airwaves in the summer of 2013, you only know half the story. Though there have been great strides made in some areas, the truth is, there is still a lot of work to be done along the New Jersey coast. In fact, some towns are still struggling in ways that may astonish those who do not live with the storm’s aftermath every day. Here are five Jersey Shore towns still in a world of hurt well over a year after Hurricane Sandy:
Mantoloking – The historic borough of Mantoloking was one of the hardest hit by the storm. Whereas other towns have seen a lot of activity from NJ house raising companies getting homes to higher ground and other preventative measures designed to help against future storms, in Mantoloking many haven’t even started rebuilding. All 500+ houses here were either damaged or destroyed, and a full third of the town’s tax base was washed away. The big holdup right now is the construction of a dune to help prevent future flooding.
Tuckerton – While towns like Seaside Heights got all the press thanks to striking images of flooded out roller coasters and destroyed boardwalks, the small town of Tuckerton has largely been forgotten by the press. Nearly the entire community experienced at least some degree of flooding – house raising New Jersey companies have done a lot of preventative work here – and some 100 out of 600 houses have been condemned. In many ways, it’s a forgotten disaster zone.
Middletown – Middletown is a huge Monmouth County community known for its upscale homes and famous residents, but after Hurricane Sandy it also became known for its Port Monmouth neighborhood, which was slammed hard by the storm. Marshlands and the Raritan Bay swelled to historic highs, and while homes were ripped out and washed into the street as in other shore communities, hundreds received many feet of water in their homes, making this a site of incredible yet invisible damage. It is almost certain that many residents here will be lifting their homes to get ahead of future storms.
Mystic Island – Located in Little Egg Harbor, Mystic Island is a quaint, quiet waterfront community that has served as a retreat for families and older residents who want to get away from the bustle of the Jersey Shore. Thousands here were impacted by the storm, experiencing extreme flooding that will necessitate house lifting NJ in order to avoid similar flooding in the future.
Brick – Specifically the Camp Osborn section of this largest waterfront town. Located on the barrier island, almost 100 homes burned to the ground in the days immediately following the storm thanks to broken gas lines and the inability of emergency services to get to the area. Though it has been over a year, almost no rebuilding has taken place in this community, which was made up mostly of small bungalows. In fact, it’s questionable if rebuilding will ever happen.