Eyewitness Accounts to Historic Storm

Residents of Long Beach Island, Manahawkin, share their stories

Following the worst storm in New Jersey's recent history, Barnegat-Manahawkin Patch brings you some first-hand accounts of people that have had their lives forever changed by Superstorm Sandy. Below, you will find some stories of people interviewed by Patch at the evacuation shelter at Southern Regional High School yesterday.

Katherine McAffrey, Surf City
'Squeezed in a [rescue] boat with a dog'
I knew I was in trouble when the tide started to come up to my front steps. I called Surf City and the fire department came. They couldn't get their truck down the street so they came in a rowboat. As they were bringing me out, my neighbor called out to the [rescue personnel] for help. So they went and got her, and four of us, and a dog ended up squeezed into the boat.

Louise Fama, Beach Haven West
'They carried me like a baby out of my house.'
I have lived here for 18 years, and haven't seen anything like this. I live on Clarence Drive, and it has never been like this. I saw the reports about evacuating but there has been other storms where it wasn't like this. About 7:30 a.m. [on Monday], I started to pack and called police. [The Stafford Police Chief] called me personally around 10:30 a.m., and by that time, the water was already up to the front stairs. They came with a boat, and I tried to walk out, and the rescue guy said, 'you can't walk out there. The water was already up to my neck.' So he picked me up and carried me like a little baby to the boat. I couldn't believe it.

Brandon Horan, Ship Bottom
'The water just poured in.'
I was one of the last ones off the island. I called 9-1-1 around 10 p.m. I didn't leave because the house has been in my family for decades. There was no water during Hurricane Irene, or during the big storm of 62. I watched as six inches of water just poured into the first floors. I did what the [rescue personnel] suggested, and went to the second story, but the deck and the house started to shake. I didn't feel safe anymore, so I made the call. I had to swim a little ways to the National Guard [rescue team boat].


Chris Delzio October 31, 2012 at 12:11 PM
To people who live in Beach Haven West.. can you please be a little more specific about what’s happening there. Times you saw things, street names, measurements, etc.. We are out here with no information except for a sentence or two. Thank you.
gina berman October 31, 2012 at 12:45 PM
anyone know if the homes on morris blvd are standing or were covered all the way with the water?
Renzo c October 31, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Any word when the island will re open to see if my house is still there. Thank you,
Madeline Caminiti October 31, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Does anyone in Manahawkin know if The Coves section of Village Harbor in Manahawkin is accessible? Are the police allowing us to get to our homes? How bad is the damage in that area?
Rob C October 31, 2012 at 01:12 PM
We have a place on paul blvd. There was probably 3 feet of water in the house and boats were moved and some boats missing!
Kay Workinger October 31, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Anything on Waretown?
Steven Kinnally November 01, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Any info at all on north beach? Thank you! AND, thank you to all first responders who are rescuing and helping with recovering the island!
ali b. November 01, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Anything on Jeffrey Dr. In beach haven west?
Joyce Rems November 02, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Would appreciate any information about severity of damage on North 1st Street in Surf City, it's the ocean block so expecting the worst and hoping for the best! My daughter and son in law just bought their house in January 2012!!!
Joyce Rems November 02, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Waiting for NEWS of Surf City
constance goetz November 02, 2012 at 05:06 PM
have a place 1266 paul blvd information would help pleas


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