The winds have gone and most of the water has receded. The landscape of the shore has been forever changed and for many life will never be the same. The iconic Jersey Shore has been beaten to a pulp. Homes were knocked off their foundations, washed into the ocean and bay, new inlets carved, buildings smashed, massive trees snapped like twigs, mountains of sand thrown into the streets and the area plunged into darkness. One month later there are still streets filled with sand, a roller coaster in the ocean and many without gas and electric. There are whole towns that have been so decimated that it will be months before the residents will be able to return to their homes to actually live in them. There are numerous National Guard check points keeping non-residents and onlookers away from disaster areas and they are being assisted by State Troopers from five different states. Utility workers, police, fire, and EMS personnel are stretched thin working long hours. Through the generosity of our friends at Evolving Nutrition we handed out healthy snacks. They were so grateful to receive the Ultralean protein bars as well as the Zipfizz! They told us that eating properly has become quite difficult, if not impossible, and that they don’t always have healthy options available.
It’s going to be quite some time before things get back to normal. The effects of Superstorm Sandy go far beyond loss of property. There are families that are feeling a loss of security, incredible financial and emotional stress and are dealing with unimaginable psychological issues. There are many businesses that will be feeling the financial loss for a long time as well. Seaside is promising to have their boardwalk opened by Memorial Day 2013 at a cost of approximately $26 million. Toms River Township officials have stated that it’s going to take 3-5 years to rebuild their town. The cost of the storm is staggering! The damage in New Jersey is estimated at almost $37 Billion and $42 Billion in New York. Time will pass, the boardwalks will be replaced, the shore restored and families will return to normal.