PHOTOS GALLERY: Hurricane Destruction in Little Silver

A bike tour of the borough revealed extensive damage to homes, a lot of gooey black sludge and a really funky sea odor throughout many of Little Silver's neighborhoods.

Take a tour of Little Silver after Hurricane Sandy’s devastating visit and true hardship is put into perspective.

Streets like Point Road and Paag Lane are coated in a thick brown sludge with  dried river reeds covering driveways and, in some cases, family rooms. After a while, the sight of giant trees, uprooted and toppled onto yards, begins to look commonplace. And the smell, oh a smell that rivals the lowest of tides in August hits you full in the face as you make your way through the flood damaged neighborhoods.

Way out at the end of Point Road, a section called Silvermere sustained maybe some of the worst damage in the borough.

Lisa Laton of Manalapan was sifting through the contents of her aunt’s home that were spread out on the front lawn. The modest ranch that sits just a few feet away from the Shrewsbury River sustained extensive damage from the hurricane.  All of the glass in the back of the small house was blown out, masonry lays scattered on the lawn and tattered curtains blow in the breeze.

“I knew it was bad,” she said she thought when her aunt asked her to survey the damage. “I just didn’t think it would be like this.”

The Cassidys, who live in a one-tory house at the tip of Alwin Terrace have a similar story. “It’s destroyed, “ Tara Cassidy said of the house her family has owned along the river for five years whose interior and exterior was decimated by winds and water and was hit by a large tree for good measure.

Bob Gorman, whose house on Paag Lane had about seven feet of water in the basement, said the water broke through his garage and rushed down the basement steps on Monday night while he and his family watched from upstairs.

His neighbor Chris Smith said the whole neighborhood was three feet under water that night and the water rose as high as the doorhandles on their cars. He pointed to a dock sitting in his driveway and added, “We lost a dock and gained a dock.”

“It could be so much worse,” said Anne Connell, who had a team of folks helping her clean up and pump out St. John's Nursery School on Point Road where water still filled the basement level of the building on Wednesday morning where preschoolers usually fill two classrooms.

Connell pointed to the water still visible at the bottom of the stairway and said that it rose almost to the top step at the height of the storm, which would have taken out classrooms on the main floor as well. Connell pointed to stacks of toys and  classroom equipment that had been pulled up before the storm and said that they would set up makeshift classes in the church’s meeting area while repairs were made to the flood affected parts of the building.

Rachel Marrin, who moved to Breezy Point in Little Silver from Myrtle Avenue in Oceanport on Friday, now has two houses with hurricane damage. “We know how to pick ‘em,” she joked of the three feet of water that filled the neighborhood Monday night.

Back on Alwin, Doug Johnson, who has a neighbor’s dock and swingset upended in his backyard and interior water damage in his house, said that what was even mor devastating was losing many of his family's treasured photos in the storm. “That’s what hurts.”

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Wendy Perry November 01, 2012 at 12:33 PM
There are many people who want to volunteer their time. If the Patch could advise that would be great. We have teens also that need to be put to work!!!! Thanks Amy!
Rick Scott November 01, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Amy- thank you so much for your real time coverage of the storm and its aftermath. You have done an amazing job keeping us all informed and connected. Great job!!!!! Rick Scott 707 Point Rd.
Michele Hickey November 01, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Thanks for all the photos and information, Amy. You and your team are providing a great service! I agree with Livy and Wendy-- hopefully those who need more help could post here so we know where to give it!!
Sharon Walling November 01, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Thanks for all the updates. Being a former resident of both Little Silver and Oceanport, this is killing me. I've been living in Wisconsin for the last 19 yrs, so I appreciate all the coverage.
TK Heatley November 01, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I grew up in the 50s and 60s on the corner of Point Rd. & 7 Bridges Road. I remember a # of hurricanes, but nothing like this. It reminds me of Andrew in Miami where I now live, but that was wind not water damage..


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