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Demolition Begins On House Swept Into Barnegat Bay

Intact home has been in the bay since Superstorm Sandy struck

The Mantoloking house that was swept, intact, into Barnegat Bay and has since been wedged against an island will be gone by Friday afternoon, demolition experts said Thursday.

A crew from CrowderGulf, the contractor hired by the state Department of Environmental Protection to clear waterway debris from northern Barnegat Bay, began work to remove the two-story house Thursday.

State and local officials held a ceremony to mark the occasion.

The home, sitting in the water about 200 feet from the edge of the bay, is one of eight nearly intact homes that Sandy pushed into the water statewide. Two other virtually intact Mantoloking homes were swept into Barnegat Bay, while one home in Monmouth County's Union Beach was pushed into Raritan Bay. Four others in Cumberland County's Lawrence Township were washed into Delaware Bay virtually intact.

The Mantoloking home is owned by former Hoboken mayor David Roberts.

Buddy Young, operations manager for CrowderGulf, told Patch half of the home is completely submerged underwater, meaning crews will have to contend with not only a debris field, but fish and other creatures which may have gotten inside.

The company's crew is hosing the house down with water as demolition takes place in order to minimize dust particles from getting into the air, Young said, and has installed a boom around the house to ensure debris does not float away.

The demolished material from the house will be brought on barges to a local marina where it will then be transported to the Ocean County Landfill.

"Today, one of the unfortunate icons of Mantoloking and Superstorm Sandy is going to be dismantled," said Mantoloking Mayor George Nebel. "We cannot forget what happened to our community on Oct. 29.  But with the support of the State and the Federal Government, I know that Mantoloking is well on its way to recovery as we embark on an ambitious plan to protect our community from future disaster."

DEP Commissioner Bob Martin said waterway debris removal efforts are still underway.

Brickresident May 03, 2013 at 03:11 PM
wish i didnt have to work, id love to see them take the house down.
anonymous May 04, 2013 at 12:04 AM
STOPFEMANOW Protest/rally Saturday May 4th at Joey Harrison Surf Club 1900 Ocean Ave Ortley Beach 2pm-3pm The time for them to see our true numbers is now. Time to bow down and take this anymore is over please come down and show your support. Many news agencies will be there leaving them vulnerable to criticism for what they are doing to so many. We cannot let them brush us under the fema rug anymore.
proud May 04, 2013 at 02:18 AM
The heck with that we should all just live on pontoon homes, and meet up at Tices Shoal after the storm
anonymous May 04, 2013 at 03:50 AM
If the commercial linked on the bottom of this post touches you come to Joey Harrison Surf Club Sat May 4th 1900 Ocean Ave Ortley Beach NJ at 2pm and meet some people who are fighting for something higher then self. Thank you http://youtu.be/hghJ3wx8sN0
proud May 04, 2013 at 12:06 PM
@ Nancy, a cording to the article, the DEP is paying the contractor for the demo. I'd venture to say that they are being partially or wholly funded by the Feds. How much federal funding? Like everything else --they'll let you know. Short answer: You.

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