Hurricane Sandy rocked Port Monmouth neighborhood

Oct 31, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Jersey Journal

MIDDLETOWN - When Anna Gillespie returned to her family's Bray Avenue home in the Port Monmouth section of the township on Tuesday after being evacuated due to Hurricane Sandy, she collapsed and broke down in tears at the sight of the flood damage.

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Jess

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Oct 31, 2012
 
So does this mean u can actually get into the neighborhood as of now? I love further down on Brainard Ave, at the end near the Bay. Im w/ family in Manalapan rite now. I have NO idea if I still have a house or not!!! Just tryin to get a handle on the situation.
This is really sad

Topeka, KS

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Oct 31, 2012
 
I know the folks back there and they are tough. They'll rebuild and get back on track.
This is really sad

Topeka, KS

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Oct 31, 2012
 
But I know the people on the shore and this storm will not keep them down.
vandy

Absecon, NJ

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Oct 31, 2012
 
Any news of Atlantic Highlands?
Marilyn Abel

Mooresville, NC

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Nov 2, 2012
 
I grew up at 21 Brainard Ave. any news of that end close to the Bay. I saw a video of Main St on utube We lived through so many nor'esters where we took the cars to the White House. I'm afraid the house my grandfather built over 80 years ago, has been damaged badly.
Paulina

Fontana, CA

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Nov 2, 2012
 
I am so sorry for happened to so many of you. My grandparents lived in a house in Keansburg, NJ. I hope it is ok, it had been located just blocks from the beach. I hope they will rebuild the amusement park and Keansburg, & neighboring communities. A Californian is praying and thinking of you all.
DaStraw

Atlantic Highlands, NJ

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Nov 4, 2012
 
I am sorry to report that almost every hom in Port Monmouth in the Spy House area (fishing pier is gone ant the marina is a boat graveyard)was hit very hard with tidal flooding. I've been in the area and most homes have put all their furniture and belongings to the curb because every first floor was under water. Ditto in Belford and Keansburg but Keansburg waters were far slower to receed because the storm sewer system was clogged by sand leaves and other debris. Keelens remained open and was the mecca for folks looking to have relief from the misery that surrounds them.

Call Project Paul they need food and clothing to help the residents along the Bayshore.
Jean from Rhode Island

Wakefield, RI

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Nov 4, 2012
 
I am trying to locaate my brother, William Bailey who lived at 703 Stone Road, Union Beach. Can anyone tell me if he is safe and let him know his sister is trying to reach him? I can be rached at jean@mcgair.com Thank you.
DaStraw

Atlantic Highlands, NJ

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Nov 4, 2012
 
No promises, but I'll try to see what I can do tomorrow. Do you have a cell phone number???
Brigitte

Middletown, NJ

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Nov 6, 2012
 
Jess wrote:
So does this mean u can actually get into the neighborhood as of now? I love further down on Brainard Ave, at the end near the Bay. Im w/ family in Manalapan rite now. I have NO idea if I still have a house or not!!! Just tryin to get a handle on the situation.
I drove down Main St & Brainard a few days ago I'm afraid it looks very bleak for your house. ALL the houses from the point where main & brainard meet to the spy house are badly damaged. I was there yesterday & police stopped me asked for an ID, since I'm not a residence of Port Monmouth any more I was not allowed to continue. Where we use to live the front porch is riped off & "resting" on Brainard at a neightbors front lawn. I whish you good luck, my heart goes out to you & all my neighbors on Main St & Brainard ave. in Port Monmouth.
Elizabeth

Houston, TX

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Nov 12, 2012
 
Jean- I don't know your brother, but my friend lives a few doors down from him. She was one of only two houses that got no water on their street. But I know for sure that his house is standing and not badly damaged. None of the houses around her were destroyed like the ones closer to the bay. He may have had water damage and probably no power for quite awhile, but I'm sure he is ok. They may have him at a shelter until the power is turned back on. If you still haven't heard from him and are worried, I can go knock on his door tomorrow and see if he's there. Let me know. bethb326@aol.com
Elizabeth

Houston, TX

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Nov 12, 2012
 
Oh, and I am in Port Monmouth (I don't know why I'm showing up as Livingston). The problem in Port Monmouth was the swamp. The tide of the bay pushed into the swampwater and caused it to surge quite a few feet which caused most of the damage. I think that's why the Spy House is still standing and every house on Main St is destroyed. We had 5 feet of water in our house. We had evacuated, but my neighbors didn't. They were stranded upstairs or sitting on kitchen counters praying. The water was pure swampwater (I can tell you now why Febreeze doesn't offer that scent). Brainard seems to have a lot of water damage, but not the same level of destruction of Main St. My house is behind the fire house (surrounded by the swamp) and the waves of the surge were so high, they were splashing against our second story windows.

I am just grateful that we all made it out ok. The stuff can be replaced.

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