Coming To LBI Puts People "At Risk Of Being Arrested," Official Says

Police presence keeping people away from island, but it is to keep them safe, and away from health risks, coordinator says.

New Jersey State Police are now patrolling the bay between Manahawkin and Long Beach Island, so "anyone who should not be coming [to LBI] puts themselves at risk of being arrested," according to Beach Haven's Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator.

In an instant message interview last night, Beverly Tromm told Patch that she has been on the island with her husband, Bill, Beach Haven's emergency management coordinator, and others since the start of the storm.

"I got to my home today for the first time," Tromm said. "There is no electricity, 

no sewers, 

no water. 

There are major gas leaks here


It is these problems, among others, that led to  police in Harvey Cedars issuing a statement that it would likely be at least 10 days before people could return to Long Beach Island.

Many points in Long Beach Island were swept over, with the bay and ocean waters meeting, particularly in the Holgate area. This has resulted in widespread disruption of  utilities that vary in severity by geographic region, according to Harvey Cedars Police Chief Tom Preiser.

According to eyewitness accounts, Holgate, Loveladies, Harvey Cedars, North Beach, and Beach Haven, were hit hardest by the storm.

Similar to reported damage in sections of Stafford, numerous homes have sustained  substantial damage, major beach erosion; and many roads are layered in "several feet of beach sand," Preiser said. Boil water alerts have been issued on Cedar Bonnet Island, due to low water pressure.

"We need to get our infrastructure up before we can let anyone here who is not essential to completing those tasks

," Tromm added. She said that is the reason for the police patrols along the bay, and for the delay in returns to LBI. "We can do our jobs easier and quicker if people would just get it that we will let them in when it is not a health risk, and when it is safe."

Tromm noted that the responders have been working 12 hours shifts, with short naps in between.

"A lot of us [who sent family to the mainland before the storm] are missing our kids," she wrote. "We have breakdowns from time to time, but then we take a few minutes, go get a deep breath of air, and come back in and do our job again, because we love this town, this island, and what we do


Editor's note: Tromm invited Patch to share this album, created by her son using photos from rescue responders in Beach Haven, which details some of the destruction left following the storm. She noted several requests have come in asking about specific homes, but she stressed that rescue responders are mainly concentrating on infrastructure issues, instead of individual homes at this time.

Joyce M Lanthier November 01, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Does anyone have information on Dock Road? 426 Dock Road? Please?
smithvillian November 01, 2012 at 02:16 PM
The images that we've all seen on television are playing themselves out in real time here in New Jersey. "Citizens" being met at bridges by armed guards telling them that they can't go to their homes. In most scenarios there is no valid reason why people cannot return to their homes permanently or at least to gather and salvage what they can to piece their lives together in whatever capacity. I've had contact with countless people that are currently occupying thier homes on some of the barrier islands and the majority of the areas are OK and accessible. Especially, in some of the more southern barrier island communities. I don't want to hear "It's for your own safety"....tell that to someone who has a perfectly fine dwelling waiting for them in an area that hasn't been negatively impacted and they are staying in a shelter. This is a crucial moment where those that have been impacted can gather items and salvage them. Photos, important documents, etc....Not to mention, the looting has begun. The press is not reporting on it but it is happening. The variables are vast and it's easy to say do what you are told for your own good but that doesn't apply to all the invididuals being impacted.
Lisa2000 November 01, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Can anyone update us on N. 9th Street in Surf City?
Karen November 01, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Hi Colleen, As I read the above article I was wondering if there was any way we could be of help to the emergency management people. Our family has a home down there and the videos look promising that the damage is minimal compared to others. We love LBI and my heart breaks for those that are working on the island now and how emotionally they are tied to the island. Could we bring food to a drop off spot that could be brought in to them? Our prayers are with them for comfort and strength.
artie lange November 01, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Arrested? Really? Then I will have a warm place to sleep and 3 square. Sounds like a good deal to me.
Patricewelsh November 01, 2012 at 04:58 PM
As a resident of area for 7months out of the year I want to drop off food and clothing water supplies please tell us what is needed and where to drop off.if anyone is in need of something please leave message here.we will check back to see what you all need. Patrice
gary furtak November 01, 2012 at 05:24 PM
I agree. The is crazy, we need to be let on the get to our homes.Saying 10 days is not acceptable.
Susan Leech November 01, 2012 at 05:44 PM
We just moved back to Beach Haven two weeks before the storm after moving to Alaska for work in 2010. Now we have no jobs and maybe no home. The authorities should be giving residents more detailed information about the neighborhoods to try and alleviate concerns over our futures. If a video of the island from a helicopter has been taken, they should make it available.
Chris Siberry November 01, 2012 at 06:29 PM
I'm not sure where 426 is but I was on Dock Road yesterday shooting photos. Here are some, I have more but I didn't upload them all. http://chrissiberry.wordpress.com/
Karen November 01, 2012 at 06:38 PM
We found this video yesterday, all the best. http://www.necn.com/10/30/12/Hurricane-Sandy-aftermath-Raw-video-from/landing.html?blockID=795357&feedID=11106
Joe Filice November 01, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I saw the necn video and see my property at .45 seconds in. I am fortunate that my place appears to be untouched. I have done numerous Katrina relief trips and Irene trips to help clean up and rebuild. I would love to get acces to my place and then assist with the clean up. Sooner the better
thinkofothers November 01, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Partner, You need to chill. The people down here , these are there FULL time homes, not vacation homes. Things here are a disaster area. Be happy you have you FULL time home intact. Shame on you. You should be offering help to your neighbors and this community, no complaining about your THINGS .
Joyce M Lanthier November 01, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Thank you Chris. That was very nice of you. I live(d) in Beach Haven on Dock Road. Those pictures must have been heartbreaking for you to take.
Joe Filice November 01, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Think of others, You need to chill. I am fortunate and want to get down to help with clean up. I've already given my info to beach haven for volunteer cleanup. Think before you post. I've got relief experience and would gladly help clean up an rebuild for you or anyone else affected by this tragedy. Please stay safe and my prayers are with you and you family.
Joyce M Lanthier November 01, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Thank you Chris. I'm not sure you got my below reply.
thinkofothers November 01, 2012 at 09:52 PM
i said PARTNERS, not you Joe Filece ,read partners comments
thinkofothers November 01, 2012 at 09:54 PM
I was very happy when i read your first post, you get it. When you are fortunate ,you give back, and thats how it should be. The communities down here are thankful for people like yourself.
Joe Filice November 01, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Thinkofothers, my apology, Didn't look up. Please be safe we are here pa keeping you all in our prayers
Joe Filice November 01, 2012 at 10:15 PM
My apology. Hang in there and we are thinking of all of you
Joyce M Lanthier November 01, 2012 at 10:54 PM
I couldnt even watch this whole video. Dock road where I live (d) is still flooded. LBI is such a beautiful place with beautiful people in it. Thats why me and my dog moved there. Just last month. :( I'm so sorry this has happened to everyone...I am so sad for everyone. And please, don't fight and complain...they are doing the best they can to keep everyone safe. We have our lives, and nothing can replace that. We can always rebuild. We have to be with each other now, not against each other.
Peter chimera November 02, 2012 at 12:44 AM
People aren't allowed to their houses beacuse the streets are flooded with sand. And even if they oils get to their house there ark broken sewer water and gas lines all over the plac as well as downed power lines and plenty of other hazards. It would not be safe to let the public on. Too many people on that island right now would only cause more distruction. Crews will be on the island boarding up people's houses and salvaging why can be salvaged. Everything that is being done is being done protect you an your homes.
Shel D November 02, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Hi. My 80 year old grandparents have owned their home on Milcreek for 30 years. They called today and were told they would be allowed to enter but only the two of them and clean up efforts weren't to begin just initial assessment and gathering of possessions. They were also told they needed to clean themselves upon leaving. They are to old to do anything themselves. We got in the house on Tuesday with no problem. I am just wondering if anyone knows why they can't bring family and start to clean out some of the mess in an effort to mitigate the damage? It seems if it is safe enough to let people in it would be safe enough to start clean up. Not complaining just wondering if anyone had addition info, we are all heartbroken over all the destruction. Thank you in advance for any help.
Rob Braddock November 02, 2012 at 05:53 PM
This is all horrible, agreed, if you can't get to your homes as we can't, there are many many places that need help. We are trying to feed and cloth thousands of ppl. Just ask, someone needs help and someone can help you.
jayne wagner November 04, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Maybe this will help people. http://storms.ngs.noaa.gov/storms/sandy/ if you go to this site NOAA weather you can look up the address of your home. It will show you before and after images from satalite. It is a bit hard to figure out,but you can see if your house is still standing.
dainty November 04, 2012 at 04:30 AM
I would hope in this situation, the rules bend. Id call the non emergency number and explain your dilemma. Good luck*
Lynn November 05, 2012 at 10:00 AM
My home too has 4ft of water inside(so I am told) I do not live there. All owners on LBI are faced with the same devastation, some more than others. Patience, its for all of our safety.
Project Bluebeam November 05, 2012 at 10:24 AM
Let the residents back in to claim whats left of their lives. Pickers should be flogged.
karen kingeter November 08, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Does any have any information about Harry Drive in BHW? Or any pics of that area, looking for pics of Walter Blvd., & Harry Drive.
Joe Filice November 08, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Sorry. I haven't seen anything
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