PHOTOS: Devastation On The Shore Through The Lens Of A Lakewood Police Captain

PHOTOS: So you think you have/had it bad with no electricity? How about coming home only to find your home swimming away in the ocean – along with all your personal belongings?

Hundreds of residents along the Jersey Shore as well as others felt the real wrath of the Hurricane, as evident by these photos.

The photos were taken by Captain Gregory Meyer who along with several other S.R.T. Units drove down to the devastated area with Humvees, to assist local authorities.

“The devastation to the shore is unimaginable, especially after growing up here and spending weekends there my entire life”, says Captain Meyer, who spent his days off during Hurricane Sandy assisting at the Shore. “So many who live here year round have been displaced and now have no home”, Meyer says. “We all need to do our share to help them rebuild.”

The devastation – unlike any damage done by previous Hurricanes in New Jersey’s history, prompted officials from Lakewood and other surrounding municipalities to provide mutual aid for Search & Rescue and other emergency services for the hard-hit towns. TLS.

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  1. all I can say is wow, I have lived most of my life in NJ, I now live here and I remember coming down to the boardwalk with friends, now that memory is just that, and this is the new norm.

  2. to #2, not true. you really can’t fargin, huh? i went to the shore on Sunday, but wasn’t allowed to drive up. people are literally taking out everything from inside (except the kitchen sink), with tears in their eyes. a lifetime shattered. have you no feelings?

  3. why is this story in the scoop? most of the people of Lakewood dont care what happens outside of lakewood. It’s always save Lakewood FIRST. Lost power for 15 minutes what is taking so long.

  4. Zydco,
    Although there may be some who feel that way (in every town). I must disagree with your statement that “most of the people of Lakewood don’t care”. For one I CARE A LOT for all that have suffered and I know many people who care too. Please understand that most people writing here are just complainers and the same ones complain over and over again.
    (This is the first time I am posting here.)

  5. I agree with #6 (LMM). There are thousands in Lakewood. Compare that to the few hundred that actually post comments here. Most of Lakewood Does care.

  6. Most of those homes are not summer homes and what if they were, they were peoples homes, Just came back from helping friends who live in Point Pleasant Beach who had 5ft. of water in their home,lost most everything . How can you be so heartless?

  7. #8, the S.R.T. only went cause they are highly trained with the trash that has been looting in the homes. If you think you are highly trained then join either the police force or another service. All you lakewood people that are complaining, get a life…

  8. Zydko,

    Talk for yourself please! You wanna bash a whole town, find another forum, there are plenty who love to hear your voice. Personally, I don’t think any town, municipality or city for that matter is any different than Lakewood. People tend to see what’s bad/rough by themselves and only come to appreciate what they have when they see how much worse it could be. IT IS HUMAN NATURE. As the saying goes, one better appreciates having shoes when he sees someone without legs.

  9. I know people who are still out of power in lakewood. No heat either. There is a 7 floor senior citizens building with out electricity, heat and any way to warm up food. Their stoves are electric. Yesterday, Rabbi Tendler and possible others got warm food to the seniors. Many of the seniors are in the 80 & 90 ‘s with numerous health issues. They need help. Many use walker, some are wheelchair bound, some cannot come downstairs for the food and volunteers brought food upstairs to them. Many of these elderly who are there do not have friend or family to go to. Many are anxious and frightened. Can you image being in a small dark apartment by your self with not much you can do to distract yourself. Many houses in lakewood without power have many young children. Lake Terrace is offering food for these families that go there. Also please drive carefully around town. Especially at night. There are still many street with out electricity and traffic lights. There are still downed trees, streets blocked off and detours. Be carefull it is even harder to see pedestrians. Those that can are helping now so I ,ve heard somewhat. If there are people able to help others please do so. Also surrounding towns need a lot of different kinds of help. It best to help out in your hometown, Some many are suffering. This is quit a devastation. We need to help each other.

  10. tozydco says:
    comments like your are the reason that Lakewood has the negative reputation that prevails in almost all the surrounding towns . What a sad way to live , its really hard to imagine anyone could be so arrogant

  11. Most of the Big fancy 2 million dollar homes on the jersey shore are empty all year long for thw most part they belong to wall street people who own houses in the city and earn 6 and 7 figure incomes and just use the jersey shore summer homes for weekends or vacations

  12. If you read the comments, you’ll see zydco’s comments were sarcastic, building on that negative, undeserved reputation that Lakewood has. PLEASE, everyone, do not think his comments were actual feelings and representative of Lakewood!

  13. To #2. You are cruel and heartless. I know several people who lost their houses and everything in them. No, not summer houses but their only residences. You should be ashamed of yourself making a comment like that. I’m sure the one above is not looking down too favorably on you right now with you gloating over other’s tragedies. Remember what goes around comes around. Do you want everyone to gloat when you suffer a tragedy? What is wrong with you? I can’t believe anyone would say something so stupid. And even if they were someone’s summer houses, can you even imagine the financial loss they suffered? You should be thankful you were spared this awful wrath and praying for those who were not so lucky. Five of my close friends lost everything, one is still missing. You owe everyone an apology and you should find a place to donate money, time or help before something like this happens to you. I just can’t believe what you said.

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