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Devastation, Horror in Brick As Rescues Continue Through Tuesday

Officials still rescuing people from their homes; photo gallery of storm included

A family hoisted up in the bucket of a front loader gave a quick wave to neighbors after they were whisked from their home on Port Road.

A few blocks away, two men in a kayak – with a small puppy in tow – had just escaped flood waters the old fashioned way: paddling out.

Those types of stories played out over and over again Tuesday in Brick, where flooding barely receded after a wall of water came onshore in the hours following the landfall of Hurricane Sandy Monday night.

Joel Matos was inspecting neighbors’ homes near Port Road – the same street  off Cherry Quay Road where two houses burnt down – and said he had never seen flooding like this before.

“Last night, everyone was moving their cars to the ball field,” he said. “Some people slept in their cars because their houses were full of water.”

It was impossible to access the Shore Acres section of town, even in a high-seated SUV.

Police used a squad car, a taxi cab and a school bus to block off a portion of Drum Point Road where live wires had fallen, filling the air with an acrid odor of burning electrical equipment.

Near the entrance to Shore Acres, an elderly woman was being led out of flood waters by an Ocean County Sheriff’s Department officer, who helped her wrap a blanket around her shoulders to keep warm while waiting to be evacuated to a shelter.

In the Baywood section, streets were completely underwater. One man, who did not give his name, said the bay had risen to three feet above the bulkhead behind his home. A massive dump truck driven into the neigborhood barely made it through the flood waters as it headed in the direction of Baywood Marina, its brake lights underwater by the time it turned the corner.

On the barrier island, officials said houses were still burning. Smoke was visible from across the bay. Firefighters had no way of accessing the island to fight the fires, however.

Traffic was chaotic across town, especially in the Herbertsville section, which was completely out of power.

Police put up cones at various intersections of Route 70, and other roads but some drivers ignored them and simply ran them over. Traffic was blocked from crossing the intersection of Route 70 and Route 88, however, largely preventing travel from one side of town to the other.

A pool of deep water blocked Old Hooper just west of the intersection with Mantoloking Road. On Mantoloking itself, the road was inaccessible east of Tilton Road.

Some stores were open, however. Long lines formed at the Burger King and KFC fast food restaurants on Brick Boulevard, and a massive line had formed at Costco’s gas station on Route 70.

Despite the stores choosing to open, police continued to urge residents to stay home, and a local state of emergency that banned unnecessary travel remained in place.

Brandon Rothweiler October 31, 2012 at 11:35 PM
C. Cook, Can you please send me any pictures that you obtain of the Shore Acres area, especially Vanard Drive, to brandonrothweiler@gmail.com ? If it is at all possible, it would be immensely appreciated if you could obtain a photo of 37 Vanard Drive. It is a summer home, and I am currently in Massachusetts and I cannot travel to the area to observe the conditions for myself. If that is not possible, I would understand, but would appreciate any photos that you have of Vanard Drive and/or the surrounding area.
Tim GRoss October 31, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Jim, thank you for the posts. Do you know the status of the homes along Princeton near the end of Jordan? I have a friend there. TG
Karen Reinhart November 01, 2012 at 12:11 AM
C.Cook Would you be able to take a pic of 44 Ward Drive in Shore Acres and send it to me at kxcourt1@gmail.com. I am helping out my cousin who owns the home and is without power in Northern NJ. (double whammy!) Thanks if you can!! karen
mel p November 01, 2012 at 12:12 AM
There are a few pictures of Shore Drive and some of the other streets right on here. They are the ones taken by a Mark Solley. http://brick.patch.com/articles/send-us-your-photos-hurricane-sandy#photo-11975050
Karen Reinhart November 01, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Thanks mel p!!! karen
LM November 01, 2012 at 12:50 AM
I reached my family. They cannot get over there now. They will try again tomorrow to get back. I saw pictures - their deck and dock are destroyed. There's talk about the National Guard coming in. Possible looting?
Vincent Ruggiero November 01, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Does anyone know how it is by Captains Court in Cherry Quay Cove? I am trying to find out if my good friend Rick Albanese is ok. I have been unable to contact him or my other friend Springer since the storm. I just want to know that they are ok and the family is ok. If anyone has any info please email me at vinny718@gmail.com
C. Cook November 01, 2012 at 04:17 AM
To those asking for photos of their home: Unfortunately I am also out of state; however, i am in very close contact with many family members that were at Shore Acres today and sent me many photos. Too many to send all of them to everyone. I hadn't seen the requests here for photos of the homes of those that are out of town but my family will return to Shore Acres tomorrow for further assessment. If you are out of town and live in the area of Vanard Dr. in Shore Acres and if you email me your home's address I will try to have someone take photos of your home and send them to you. Please understand we are also dealing with this disaster and have been hit very badly. I cannot make any promises but will do my best to help those who are still in the dark about their home. I'll respond privately to those that have given their email. Thanks and good luck to everyone.
Joyce skinner November 01, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Have a Mom with cancer living in green briar does anyone know how it is over there. Can't get a hold of her
C. Cook November 01, 2012 at 04:28 AM
@Kathy: Mathis did not get the brunt of the force. It did flood at least 5ft high but the homes on the lagoon side of Mathis seem structurally intact from the photos I obtained. Boats are overturned, decks destroyed, etc. but i didn't notice any houses gone or collapsed there. Keep in mind the photos i got were of our own families homes which was the main concern, i'm sure you understand, so i can only see glimpses of others houses along the lagoon. Family members are returning tomorrow for a second look of the area. If you still need a photo email me at Badfishhh0116@gmail and i'll see what i can do for you.
Nancy moure November 01, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Any info on power for lions head south adult community? 82 year old mom there
kathleen fowler November 01, 2012 at 03:09 PM
No Power, but NO FLOODING!!
kathleen fowler November 01, 2012 at 03:12 PM
just found out there was no Flooding, still without power. Happy to have a home to go back to! My thoughts go out to the many that have lost their homes.
Jeff November 01, 2012 at 04:15 PM
We just got some good news from Royal Drive. Or house is about half way down on the Perch Creek side. The water came up 2 feet on the foundation and slightly damaged the yard but didn't get in the house. The electricity is even on! Other houses, especially low ones built on slabs weren't so lucky and were flooded.
Marilyn Flynn November 01, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Mike who replied...what do you know about Leisure Village West??? Step mother lives there and haven't been able to get an answer to the power issue! Thanks..
Marilyn Flynn November 01, 2012 at 05:00 PM
DOes anyone have information on Leisure Village West, Manchester? Have stepmother there by herself, just home from having both knees replaced. Trying to find out when power might be restored. Thanks for any info you can give me!
JL November 01, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Anyone know area off of Buy Rite Liquors on Mantoloking Road?? Michelle Place? I have a home in there that we use as a summer home, we all live in north Jersey and have no power here.
Ida Hull November 01, 2012 at 07:42 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YQTjIaIeyM This video of Brick might help some of you. Good luck to all.
Atkinsguy November 02, 2012 at 04:41 AM
There was some low level (at least a few inches) flooding in Seaview Village according to my aunt who lives there. Her next door neighbor got it on Compass Avenue. There is also no power.
richard pilchman November 02, 2012 at 12:29 PM
saw photo of santiago and my home.minimal damage/water line 3 inches up garage/if your entrance is ground level.u may have some water damage.photo was take thursday afternoon
May November 02, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Can anyone tell me if the houses on Metedeconk River near Beaver Dam Road are ok??? My sister lives down there. Thanks.-----May
Diane November 02, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Catalina Dr. had flooding, but inches, not feet.
Diane November 02, 2012 at 06:10 PM
call homeowners insurance co, flood insurance co and fema. get the ball rolling with all three
Diane November 02, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Ward Dr.was hit hard - lot of flooding
Diane November 02, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Bay Harbor very bad - the further from Old Hooper the worse it was
Diane November 02, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I hope you reached her by now, but Jib was flooded
McCauley November 03, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Anyone know about Atlantic drive in brick?
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Does anyone know how Port Rd in Cherry Quay fared? I read that 2 houses burned down, does anyone know the exact addressses?
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