Raritan Bay Communities Unprepared For Unprecedented Storm Damage

PERTH AMBOY – The Raritan Bay communities of Perth Amboy and Sayreville experienced devastating destruction from the storm surge associated with Hurricane Sandy.

Last night, a state of emergency remained in effect as Perth Amboy officials sought to restrict non-essential travel. As of 10:30 a.m. today, PSE&G reported that between 5,001 and 10,000 customers were still without electricity.

The Raritan Yacht Club lost approximately 30 boats and its drydock facility. At least 10 waterfront homes partially collapsed and the waterfront boardwalk was torn up by the storm. There are fallen trees and downed power lines throughout the city.

Although the National Weather Service warned Sunday night that “anything within 15 feet of normal sea level is within harm’s way from Raritan Bay along the northern New Jersey Coast,” Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz waited until Monday afternoon to issue mandatory evacuation orders for two apartment buildings at the city’s waterfront. Flooding began just hours after the residents were told they must leave .

Fortunately, there were no deaths or serious injuries in Perth Amboy as a result of the storm, according to city Public Information Officer Noelia Colon.

Emergency workers shut down a major natural gas leak between Water and Front streets in Perth Amboy that was caused by the storm.

In Sayreville, residents with homes along the Raritan River waited on their rooftops for boats from the State Police and fire department to rescue them.


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