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Mantoloking Bridge Considered 'Unstable;' Fires Raging Nearby

Emergency crews will access barrier island neighborhoods from the south

Two days after Hurricane Sandy hit the area, fires still rage in Camp Osborn.

Emergency services were on the ground as of this morning, according to Brick Police Sgt. Keith Reinhard.

"We have people on the ground, but they had to go in by foot," he said. "We will have a larger contingency coming from the south, the Toms River area."

The Mantoloking Bridge was damaged during Sandy and during a prelimenary inspection, county officials have deemed the bridge unstable, ploice said.

"We have focused our efforts on the mainland, doing search and rescue in low lying areas," Reinhard said. "Now our focus is going to be on the barrier island, as well as removing trees and power lines from the roads."

State EMS and the National Guard, who should be arriving in the area today, are on hand to assist in search and rescue efforts on the barrier island.

"We are very fortunate to have these resources on hand to help," he said.

Karen Linke October 31, 2012 at 07:33 PM
My family lives at 579 Harbor Road in Brick...can anyone report on the safety of that area? I am from northwestern PA and haven't talked to anyone since Monday...thank you!
read bull October 31, 2012 at 11:29 PM
i'd suggest you call the non-emergency brick police number - 732-262-0100. good luck, and no news is good news....!!
read bull October 31, 2012 at 11:30 PM
correction - 732 262-1100.
barrier bob November 01, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Does any one else think it is a shame that when you go to the Brick website that there is no info whatsoever with what is going on. It would be helpful for an official response on what is going on with the fires as well as if any emergency people are in the area to protect our properties. It would also be helpful if they can tell us as homeowners what steps (such as contacting FEMA, flood insurance,etc) we should be taking at this time. If anyone knows what steps we should be doing or where to find the steps it would be helpful
F SANDY November 01, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Hey joe, why not visit your "property" and see first hand whats going on??? Its like a warzone here....maybe you could START CLEANING like the rest of us and THEN worry about when you will get your insurance check ....
Hope Van Sickle November 01, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Joe.. try the Brick Township Facebook page. Its very informative!! They do a great job!!
Anthony November 01, 2012 at 01:19 AM
According to what Im hearing the bridge went down 40 minutes ago. Mind checking for us Daniel?
nj hurricane November 01, 2012 at 01:31 AM
http://vimeo.com/52583274 fresh aerials of the jersey shore, very upsetting.
Rick Torpey November 01, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Are the police allowing non-residents into the area? My in-laws want me to check on their Royal Drive property, clean out the refrigerator and take pictures.
Peg O'B November 01, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Sorry if this is a repeat vut wonder about the midsreams area, especially around Carroll fox road
Daniel Nee (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 02:05 AM
I can check, but nothing on the scanner about it. The rumor mill is churning pretty quickly so I'd be suspect of just about any sensational stories about bridges collapses and such unless it's confirmed by police or there is a photo to corroborate.
Brokernj November 01, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Rick checked on a house on Royal for someone today. Road is passable. Damage by flooding is shocking to see
Pogo November 01, 2012 at 02:33 AM
I'd like to know if the water has receded enough that I could drive to my house, (or whatever is left of it), or maybe I should rent a boat?
CT November 01, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Rick - you can drive down Royal Dr now. Yesterday, it was only accessible by boat or front loader, so they were preventing residents from going to down there. Today, the water has receded and you shouldn't have any problem getting to your in-laws property. Good luck, we were hit pretty hard -- the closer they were to the bay, the more water they likely took on.
jmf November 01, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Any news about 700 block of Drum Point Road? We are in north NJ and trying to get down to check on Brick as soon as we can. Stay safe.
Jr November 01, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Do you know if main ave near Strickland church experienced major flooding? Prying or all of you. Grew up here
Jr November 01, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Horrible typing... Sorry. Praying for all of you.
Qwerty November 01, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Trying to find out about homes on lagoon. We're they all destroyed?
jen freed November 01, 2012 at 07:36 AM
Anyone know if Barkentine lane ( bay side ) status? Where the resturaunt "Used to be's" is or was ?
Laura McHale November 01, 2012 at 10:47 AM
Is there anything left of Point Boardwalk? and our beautiful shops in Bay Head? Will be a long time before we can say "I'm going to take a quick run over to the ocean"...I love going off season with a cup of coffee and just watch the waves, such a great stress reliever...this is heart breaking! Our bridge was beautiful, the township did a great job with the bridge and that new park area off the Bay, was just there last week with my son taking pics for photography class.
Nick Mastrandrea November 01, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Does anyone know if there are roads passable to get to Silver Beach. I have a house on the bayside and would like to get there as soon as possible.
Giovanna Caldarella November 01, 2012 at 11:47 AM
I was once a resident of shore acres for ten years. I was forced to move to Matawan. I am truly sick to see the damage left behind.
jennifer somers November 01, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Does anyone know about the end of Drum Point Road near the yacht club? Specifically wondering about a teacher I had years ago in Elizabeth, Mr. Ex?
Wallace C Smith Jr. November 01, 2012 at 01:44 PM
You can see the shore the way it was before sandy at my site: www.aerialpictures.org or www.oceancountyaerialpictures.com
Neil Higham November 01, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Anyone have any idea about North end of Lavallette? Ortley Ave and Bay Blvd?
read bull November 01, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Please, someone, if you know any Brick cops, please ask them to go and direct traffic at the corner of burnt tavern rd and burrsville/lanes mill road? No lights, and this i/s is a total death trap. Thank you!
25yearres November 01, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Any information on Pampano Drive homes, brother lives there Thanks
Rebecca Johns November 02, 2012 at 09:34 PM
My husbands grandmother lost her house it was directly on the beach. My father in-law remembers planting trees around the house to protect it from the storm surge when he was a child and the only thing left standing today are those trees.
gary Schaedel November 03, 2012 at 09:12 PM
I called the police department this am and they said to check with facebook or twitter
Val Smith November 13, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Drum Point Road by the gas station the generator came down, Went last Sunday, some people got a lot of damage some got none.

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