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Cleanup Begins As 70 Rescued from Barrier Island; Nat'l Guard Troops Coming to Brick

SWAT teams gained access to Camp Osborn; National Guard troops will provide island security

Brick Township residents will spend the first day of November cleaning up, drying out and hoping the power comes back on.

Meanwhile, some 70 township residents escaped the war-zone-like conditions on the barrier island as SWAT teams from the Brick Township and Lakewood Township police departments trekked on foot over the Mantoloking Bridge down to the burned-out Camp Osborn neighborhood to look for those needing to be evacuated.

According to Brick Police Sgt. Keith Reinhard, about 70 people were rescued from the barrier island Wednesday and taken to a transitional shelter. They will eventually be moved to a state-run shelter in Burlington County if they cannot find shelter with family members or friends.

Fortunately, Reinhard said, there were no reported injuries or fatalities from the barrier island.

Fires claimed between 50 and 60 homes in the Camp Osborn neighborhood and some small gas fires continue to burn, he said.

"We are in the process of assessing the damage and expect to have more accurate numbers in the near future," he said.

Access to the barrier island from Mantoloking to Seaside Park is banned indefinitely. The Mantoloking Bridge was considered unstable after it was inspected Wednesday.

The barrier island and sections of town on the mainland will be secured by township police and over 100 National Guard troops, Reinhard said.

As of the early morning hours Thursday, JCP&L was reporting 32,000 customers out of power township-wide.

Cleanup Begins

The township will begin a more formal cleanup process on Thursday.

Brush and debris will be moved out of roadways, and disabled cars, boats, jet-skis and other vehicles will be removed and taken to a common impound yard. Officials will release retrieval information at a later time, said Reinhard.

After streets are cleared, crews will come by to cut up trees and remove them. Downed trees on private property are the responsibility of the property owner, though residents can put trees and branches to the curb and they will be removed.

“We cannot go on private property to assist with tree removal,” said Reinhard.

Township officials said the cleanup effort will be lengthy, and residents may hear equipment working 24 hours a day.

Trash, Recycling Collection

Curbside trash and recycling collection has been suspended until further notice, township officials said. Dumpsters will be placed at Brick Memorial High School,  theVeterans Memorial complex, the Emma Haven/Drum Point complex and Brick Township High School.

The dumpsters will accept household waste only, not bulk items or brush.

The township recycling center on Ridge Road will reopen Thursday and stay open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and customers can drop off items such as bulk items, metals, storm related debris -including construction materials and brush – there.

Long Term Recovery

Reinhard said Wednesday night that a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) office will eventually be established at Civic Plaza on Chambers Bridge Road.

For those residents who need to rebuild homes or engage in construction, the township is in talks with its construction official to see which regulations can be waived in light of the storm and which will remain mandatory.

With many residents asking how they can help first responders, the township advised them to help their neighbors clean their properties and, if necessary, help friends and neighbors with food and clothing donations.

Emergency management officials said the National Guard troops and reservists en route to Brick will manage relief efforts, and citizen volunteers are directly needed to assist with those efforts.

HerbertsvilleDweller November 01, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Thank God. I have been waiting to hear those families on the barrier island were safe. I'm so happy they got through it. Great work by local police. They are the heros. :)
Kathleen November 01, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I agree with you but why did they fail to evacuate in the first place? They are very fortunate to escape with their lives.
Heather Pauwels Vinick November 01, 2012 at 06:13 PM
100 homes in camp Osborn were burnt to the ground. My family owned two for 4 generations. Camp Osborn was built prior to 1916 and is part of brick's history. The gas and power should have been cut off before the storm hit like other shore towns did. We need help to rebuild! Please! If anyone has any thoughts or ideas write me. Ack and I will give you my contact info! Heather (Pauwels) Vinick
Heather Pauwels Vinick November 01, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Kathleen- They did evacuate. The whole Camp Osborn evacuated. Luckily no one was there in the fires.
Angel Wood-Morton November 02, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Only been in Brick 14 months, where is Camp Osborn? On the island?
William Honachefsky Jr November 03, 2012 at 12:59 AM
My heart goes out to all the families of the Camp Osburn neighborhood.
Lauren November 08, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Camp Osborn is right next to the Ocean Club on Rt. 35. My family owned there for 3 generations and our hearts are broken. Hopefully we will rebuild for the next generation.

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