Hurricane Sandy aftermath: Seaside Heights residents growing increasingly angry
It's been six days since Hurricane Sandy wiped out Seaside Heights, NJ and six agonizing days that have turned growing frustration into anger for local residents and business owners.
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#1 Nov 4, 2012
I agree with the business owners and home owners. What plan? Just talk, and no communication from the people in charge.
#2 Nov 7, 2012
We need to organize and get a lawyer if they don't give us regular access. We need to prevent further damage to our homes before we become MOLDY HEIGHTS. I don't care about electric or plumbing issues yet. These will take time and I'm not trying to rush this. I just want to prevent more damage taking place. When I'm done securing my place I'd like to volunteer my day off to help the town or other residents as needed until the time we can start to rebuild.
#3 Nov 10, 2012
Fred you are right on point! If we still can't get in for another week I'll share the cost of an attorney; others will quickly follow. Having said that, judges are loath to rule against government in a catastrophic situation. They usually defer to government judgement unless their actions are agregious and I don't think we are there yet. I was in Seaside Heights today and the town is far from devastated as the press would have us believe. But then, the news sells sensationalism -not normal storm cleanup. Almost all the residential damage shown in the news is north of Seaside, but still attributed as damage to Seaside. They are going to rename the Manaloking bridge for someone special in Seaside just to make it official that it is the Seaside bridge. In fact the DOT only found the roads north of Seaside to be unsafe. When in town,I saw no downed wires or debris in the street. Certainly nothing unsafe. Seaside's officials have done a great job in cleaning up the town. The southern section was well protected by the boardwalk concession stands which were solidly built on deep concrete foundations after a storm in the sixties. At least in the southern section of town, houses sustained only water damage, some missing roof shingles and minor siding damage. All these are minor issues easily addressed by the property owners-if we are allowed in to protect our properties. We need to air out these homes or mold will cause more damage than Sandy. At this point, there is absolutly no compelling argument to prohibit Seaside homeowners access to our properties. Let us in with our cars and repair crews!
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