Montclair Woman Captures Aerial View of Post Sandy Jersey Shore

Courtney Foley is not a Jersey girl by birth, she was born and raised in California, but she has lived in New Jersey for the past 13 years and now calls it home. When Hurricane Sandy hit and ravaged our area, many of Courtney’s West Coast friends kept wanting to learn more. They told her at first there was tons of coverage about Sandy, but it only lasted a couple of days and then they heard nothing. Being friends with her on Facebook, they saw conversations of a much worse scenario that they were hearing on the other side of the country. They said it was much different than the coverage they saw of New Orleans’ Katrina. Wanting to show the damage to her friends, Courtney got help from her friend, pilot David Green. Green offers sightseeing flight tours, as well as pro bono tours for Make a Wish foundation and other causes. Armed with just her iPhone, Courtney went up in the plane and captured some aerial shots of the damage Sandy left to the Jersey Shore.

They flew for a little over two hours, going south, just past Atlantic City, 4 miles north of Cape May. Courtney says from that perspective, it was the sand that made an impact most on her. She said in some areas, there wasn’t a a spot of pavement to be seen. Sand covered every inch of towns, sometimes reaching up to the roofs on two-story homes. She saw piers gone, destruction, and a very different Jersey Shore.

See Courtney’s Post-Sandy Jersey Shore photos on the next page…

Pier after Sandy
Lavallette Beach houses partially submerged in sand
House floating in water
Boardwalk gone.
Houses ruined and displaced.

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  1. The shifting of the sand is what impressed me most. Its as if there is no longer solid ground, just soft flyaway sand under foot and under the buildings. Several of the inlets and bodies of water between the towns are dry….and with big cranes working in them. You cant drive around some places because the roads are blocked off, there is police surveillance and red demolition stickers on the houses.

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