I didn't go to Tom's River, New Jersey for the sole purpose of viewing hurricane damage.  It was for a family matter.  But while I was there, I thought I'd snap a few shots of my in-laws' neighborhood just to give you a little sample of what's going on.  We actually weren't in Tom's River, per se.  We were in Whiting, which is the next town over, but it's all in the same general vicinity.  My in-laws live in one of the many  retirement communities in the area, which is about a half hour drive to the hardest hit area, Seaside Park.  (we tried to drive over there but weren't allowed in)

By the way, we saw about 30 school buses driving back from Seaside Heights.  We didn't know what that was for.  We thought it might be for laborers to be transported in and out .

I guess not.  It's for the residents to go and view their homes!  What a mess.

Getty Images (I didn't take this shot -I was expecting to see stuff like this, but noone was allowed over the bridge  that's how bad it still is)

Don't get me wrong - I wasn't disappointed that I wasn't allowed to see devastation, but i guess it's just human nature to be curious after hearing so much about it up here.

However, I did see this kind of stuff as I walked around my in laws' neighborhood.

photo by Richie Phillips
photo by Richie Phillips

 

Photo by Richie Phillips
Photo by Richie Phillips (very close call here! )
Photo by Richie Phillips

I'd say at least 1/3 of the houses had fallen trees like this.  The problem that arises is that you have people on fixed incomes having to have these trees removed at their own expense, and it's difficult to get people to do the work right now because the damage is so  vase.

However I will say that they were lucky in that the power did not go out for too long there. So in the scheme of things they had a lot to be thankful for.   Hope this gives you an idea of what's going on down there, and good luck to EVERYONE who was affected .