Photographers sometimes say it best when words can’t describe how we feel.
Most of the photos shown here are by Sandy Levine, a Toms River resident who has been covering the rebuilding efforts for an upcoming documentary. The photos show the barrier island (Barnegat Peninsula) from sunrise to sunset on October 29, 2013, one year after Superstorm Sandy hit.
This was the island that produced some of the most memorable images from the storm. In Seaside Heights the Jet Star Roller Coaster dropped into the ocean; in Mantoloking a house washed into Barnegat Bay virtually intact; and in Ortley Beach the storm surge flattened neighborhoods, leaving only sand and debris behind.
In the Brick Township section of the island, fire laid waste to the tiny bungalow community of Camp Osborn. One year later alongside the many signs of progress, are stark reminders of the tremendous amount of work still ahead.