Sea Bright residents will not be allowed back to the borough for at least seven to 10 days to see the damaged from Hurricane Sandy that has devasted their community.
More than 500 people attend an information session about the situation at the Rumson-Fair Haven High School stadium Thursday afternoon.
Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long fielded questions from the audience. Rumson Mayor John Eckdahl and Fair Haven Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli also attended.
Long said the borough website at www.seabrightnj.org will be posting information as soon as it becomes available.
There will be photographs on the website. Christy Jacobs, a police department dispatcher, took photographs and documented the damage. Officials hope to have those photographs online by Friday.
Questions were raised about whether people were looting the area from boats seen nearby in the Shrewsbury River. Long said the New Jersey State Marine Police had been notified and were patrolling the river. Long assured residents that members of the New Jersey National Guard was on the scene and would continue to be there as long as needed.
Long said borough officials would be meeting with the federal Small Business Administration and a session would take place in the future to talk with business owners about help available for rebuilding.
Personnel from New Jersey Natural Gas have been on the scene for two days and seem to have the problem of leaks contained but the situation is still consider dangerous and, therefore, the borough is off limits to residents.
The sand that was swept onto Ocean Avenue is now consider to be hazardous, contaminated material and must be removed. It can not be but back onto the beaches, Long said.
Sea Bright resident will be able to cast ballots during the Tuesday, Nov. 6, General Election at the Fair Haven Fire Department on River Road.
After the meeting Ekdahl said, “The tree damage down around Rumson Road, near the country club, is indescribable.
The tide during the storm was 16 feet over the normal high-tide level and was highest ever recorded in Rumson, Ekdahl said.
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