Monday, November 5, 2012

Jersey Shore Reduced to Rubble as National Guard Steps In by Julie Dermansky for THE ATLANTIC

OK, for those who poo-pooed CLIMATE CHANGE, want to try to call it a CONSPIRACY THEORY now?

The town of Seaside Heights, made famous through the MTV reality show, was one of the barrier island communities destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. A photographer takes a closer look.

When Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey, it decimated communities on the Ocean County barrier island, ripping down power lines and tearing beach houses from their foundations. The Seaside Heights boardwalk, made famous through the MTV reality show Jersey Shore, has been destroyed, and all of the bars featured on the program are flooded. The only bridge that allows access to the island is behind a police checkpoint, and after the island's gas and water were shut off this weekend, most of the remaining citizens evacuated.

On Saturday and Sunday, I was embedded with the Ocean County prosecutors as they documented the storm's damage like a crime scene. Soldiers from the New Jersey National Guard patrolled the island with officers from the sheriff's department, strongly advising the few remaining residents to leave. Among the last holdouts were Daisy and Many Colon, who rode out the storm with their dog, Travis. They insisted that they had food and water and would be fine at home. But once they were told the gas might not be turned on again for months, they took the National Guard up on its offer of a ride to the evacuation point.


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