Rebuilding Seaside Heights - KMSP-TV

Superstorm Sandy

Rebuilding Seaside Heights

Posted: Updated:
NEW JERSEY (MYFOXNY.COM) -

It was the day after. The skies were still dark and the damage was just becoming clear. Hurricane Sandy had left its mark up and down the east coast. Particularly here at the Jersey shore.

I took a photo standing on the boardwalk in seaside heights: a shocking image of the roller coaster in the Atlantic Ocean.

We wanted to retrace our steps nearly 6 months later. We found that while much of the debris has been removed. The rebuilding process is still very much just beginning.

From the way things were -- battered and beaten -- to how they are -- challenging yet hopeful; the repairs in Seaside Heights are very much an everyday struggle when we revisited the motel where we rode out the storm.

Our crew was stranded at Belmont Motel for three days with roads impassable and power out. Limited resources meant we ate soup warmed atop car engines while documenting rescue efforts to save people trapped inside submerged homes.

When Sandy made landfall October 29, it brought a wave of devastation unlike anything the tristate area has experienced in recorded history.

Mayor Bill Akers said this community like much of the region is building back.

Challenges remain. The bungee ride that hung twisted and helpless when I photographed it is untangled and removed. But like a majority of the attractions here, it is not close to being back to its old form.

Mayor Akers said contractors are working to remove that roller coaster from the Atlantic and are hoping to make things suitable for tourists to return. The mayor says that will frame this hard-hit community into a picture of recovery.

  • New Jersey NewsNew Jersey NewsMore>>

  • Governor Christie wants to do away with campaign donation limits and realty transfer fees

    Governor Christie wants to do away with campaign donation limits and realty transfer fees

    Thursday, April 17 2014 4:08 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:08:25 GMT

    During his town hall meeting in Somerset County on Tuesday Gov. Chris Christie said he believes there should be no limits on the amount of money people can donate to political campaigns, as long as they disclose their contributions within a 48-period, according to nj.com.

    During his town hall meeting in Somerset County on Tuesday Gov. Chris Christie said he believes there should be no limits on the amount of money people can donate to political campaigns, as long as they disclose their contributions within a 48-period, according to nj.com.

  • Ex-NBA player: Re-entry tougher than serving time

    Ex-NBA player: Re-entry tougher than serving time

    Thursday, April 17 2014 4:05 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:05:09 GMT
    Jayson WilliamsJayson Williams
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the federal prosecutor investigating political payback allegations involving the Republican's administration are both set to speak at a prisoner re-entry conference on Thursday.
    Former NBA player Jayson Williams says trying to re-enter society after serving time for shooting a limousine driver was more difficult than being in prison.
  • Man with samurai sword arrested at New Jersey deli

    Man with samurai sword arrested at New Jersey deli

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:27 AM EDT2014-04-17 13:27:28 GMT
    New Jersey NewsNew Jersey News
    Employees at a southern New Jersey deli say they feared for their lives when a man walked in and brandished a samurai sword. It happened at American Deli in Lower Township.
    Employees at a southern New Jersey deli say they feared for their lives when a man walked in and brandished a samurai sword. It happened at American Deli in Lower Township.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices