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Go Inside A Storm-Damaged, Beachfront Home In Longport

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LONGPORT POINT, N.J. -

Longport Point, which sits at the south end of Absecon Island, took a beating from Hurricane Sandy.

The storm broke apart stone jetties, picked up the multi-ton rocks and through them into beachfront homes, causing significant damage.

FOX 29's Steve Keeley was in Longport assessing the damage on Wednesday morning and talking with cleanup crews as well as Mayor Nicholas Russo.

"This is just incredible," Russo said. "We have had rock movement in the past, but nothing to the extent of this. This has just been absolutely incredible. People do not understand the power of the Atlantic Ocean."

Russo said some of the homes were boarded up, but it just wasn't enough.

"What has happened here is the ocean came in with such fury, knocked down walls – concrete walls – moved the jetties. The water came into the homes, pushed every bit of furniture from the front and the inside, the middle of the homes, to the very back, as far as it could go."

Parts of the street are caving into sinkholes.

"To have this type of thing happen down here, it just wakes people up to the power of the ocean," Russo said. "And when we tell people you have to leave, that's what's so important. You're just not going to go head to head with the Atlantic Ocean because if you do you're going to lose."

"You know, when these orders come out, one of the things that we find, we just can't legislate common sense," Russo said, adding that the technology is such that they can give people plenty of advanced warning. "There was no reason to stay."

Keeley was initially standing along 11th Street, which he noted has retained its name since the storm of '62 took streets one through 10 permanently under water.

Later, Keeley found and spoke to a man who said he stayed through the storm on the third floor of his beachfront home.

The man said he's used to staying through the storms, as he's done it many times before. Asked if he thought this one would be like the others, he said, "You're right, not as bad."

"I was up on the third floor. I didn't even know I had the problem down here … until I came down here and saw this," he said. "And I can tell you plywood doesn't mean anything."

He boarded up his double-paned glass windows, but said that wasn't enough. He speculated that maybe hurricane glass or Plexiglas might have lasted.

"Maybe this really was the storm of the century, to use a cliché," he said.

The man declined to say how much the home was worth, saying the important part was that nobody got hurt and he'll rebuild.

Still hung on the walls and visible in the background were a large, flat-screen TV and a painting. He had to go when he got a phone call from someone calling about service on his generator.

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