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    Posted December 2, 2012 by
    Ortley Beach, New Jersey
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    'Superstorm' Sandy: Your stories

    rioroman5 and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Sandy's damage across the East Coast
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    A month after Sandy


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     It was the first time in over a month that rioroman5 visited Ortley Beach, a barrier island on the Jersey Shore, which he says was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy. 'It was surprising to me to see that beach,' he said. 'It was surprising to me to see that beach,' he said. 'It looks like the storm just came through yesterday.' He says his own neighborhood, which is also on the Jersey Shore, but more mainland, was flooded after Sandy. But he says the neighborhood is doing better now, and more homes have been fixed up. 'Our neighborhood was cleaned up, but to see this place and see it wasn't cleaned up - it just looks like the day after the storm.' He visited the area in order to help an elderly resident who lost both her homes on the island. He says he was blown away by the mold growth and the debris. 'I think a lot of those houses should be taken down,' he said. 'It doesn't seem healthy to live in those conditions.'
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Yesterday I went to an area of The Jersey Shore just north of Seaside Heights called Ortley Beach. Hurricane Sandy ravaged this area a month ago, but it appears as if it just happened yesterday. We arrived in Ortley to help some people gut their houses. We encountered serious amounts of mold, and endless piles of peoples belongings. This area will need serious amounts of work to be brought back to life. I wish these people the best of luck in the upcoming months.
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