Originally Posted by chef2sail
I have also made a few trips to the NJ coast. We took some genrators down to some of my friends who are trying to clean up and live there full time. I used to have a house in Ocean Vity, NJ..the island town next going south from Atlantic City/ Absecon Island. My old house is no longer standing as the storm blew it up. The devastation is staggering. As far as building codes. I agree they will change, The only thing that saved most of the houses was that Ocean City and many communities south of there 25 years ago established a very strict dune buhilding program and stayed with it. These dunes surved as the sacrifical property in s a storm like this. and the waves broke further away from the shoreline because of it. However there was no fighting the surge itself.
You were lucky to find a generator. I went to every Home Depot, lumber yard and Lowes up here in the Adirondacks with the idea of bringing one down with me so we'd at least have some light and power for saws. There was not one to be had. Somebody eventually brought one up from Florida AFTER we had all the walls/insulation ripped out by hand, mud shoveled out, etc. What a f%$*ing mess! There had been 3' of water in the house and there was 1/4" of slimy mud throughout. The garage looked as if it had been a washing machine and a neighbor's new Lexus had washed into the backyard! I had to dig through splintered pieces of the boardwalk all around the place.