By Senior Correspondent Desirée Taylor
Crews were out this afternoon on the Brick portion of the barrier island, securing temporary dunes to try to keep the water at bay. The reinforcement is necessary because of the significant beach erosion caused by superstorm Sandy. Sandy’s wrath is still evident in this hard-hit community. But the police chief says this community is well-prepared to handle the storm.
“We’re worried that the ocean may override some of the the dunes in some of the places, so we issued a voluntary evacuation notice yesterday,” said Brick Police Chief Nils Bergquist.
Brick police converged at a substation on the barrier island for periodic updates on the storm and to keep a tally of how many residents had chosen to stay at home and weather the nor’easter. Last count was about 20 people. Among them was Louis Rinaldi. “The police did come and asked us if we were going to stay and we told them we were. They took our telephone number, names and we told them we would go to Manasquan if we had a problem,” said Rinaldi.
By mid-afternoon, the water level was already close to the base of the Mantoloking Bridge, and along the shore, another sign of the growing intensity of the storm was the choppy water and pounding waves. It’s a scene this and other coastal communities have seen countless times, but local authorities say this community is battle-tested after Sandy and, as a result, resilient.
“We’re all pretty tired of dealing with storm after storm and all the issues that come with the damage as a result of Sandy, but the people are pretty good. They’ve been helping each other out .. and it’s been a pretty heartwarming thing to see,” said Bergquist.