4.5 Months After Irene (Friday Photography)

FEMA showed up last week to survey the leftovers from Irene and a lot of you asked why were they coming now after so much time has passed, and so many repairs have already been made.  That gave me the idea for this week’s installment of Friday Photography.  I went around to a few spots that I know received a walloping and took a look at what was there now.  This is by no means a survey of the entire City, just a quick snapshot (no pun intended).  Also take a look at some photos I put together right after Hurricane Irene to remember just how intense it was.

I really appreciate all the feedback I received last week and if any of you have some good shoot ideas, let me know.

4.5 Months After Irene

On the beach between National and Edwards, an emergency lane marker stands over the remnants of the brick and cinder-block walls that failed to hold the sea back

 Behind the empty lot next to the Allegria, where the sea wall burst flooding the street, a new lumber wall hovers over the sand.  Take a look at this photo taken as the storm hits shows the sea after it pushed through the former wall.  And here’s another view.

 The Lifeguard Shack: after being pushed off of its foundation, and then returned with the help of a crane, it’s in desperate need of a paint job.  See how it looked hours after the storm here

 Without a leg to stand on

 One of the shack’s shutters swings ajar

 After a much needed renovation, the new bathrooms at National Blvd were short-lived as they quickly became flooded and buried when Irene hit weeks later.  Now they sit boarded up and more buried than ever.

 At the beach entrance to the Allegria, the high water mark is still visible

 By New York Ave, the lifeguard station and snack shack were nearly destroyed.  October’s rapid push to rebuild their decks seems to have been abandoned as sand piles on the lumber.  Take a look at how it stood the morning Irene hit

 The west snack shack without any decking.

 After a blitz of sawing and hammering, now the new deck just waits.

 One of the many ramps destroyed by the storm surge.

 After Kelly Slater and Quiksilver rushed to rebuild the Magnolia playground, little has been done by the City.

 What once was a colorful, child-painted mosaic wall, now is open and exposed to the ocean

 Two colorfully-painted mosaic tiles sit buried in the rubble under the boardwalk.  These should be saved and used in a new wall.

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5 thoughts on “4.5 Months After Irene (Friday Photography)”

  1. Shaun, you take excellent photos! Unfortunately, they bring to mind watching the crew from the city replacing the boards washed away at Monroe. There were at minimum 6 city employees and 3 vehicles plus a payloader with 2 more employees. The payloader scooped up as much sand as possible from the street (even though there were quite a few parked cars, which could have been prevented had they blocked the end of the street in the a.m.) Then drivers of the 3 trucks and the payloader staff stood and watched while 2 men hammered boards and 1 more told them how to do it. This enterprise began about 1:30 p.m. and ended about 4 p.m. At no time did any of the watchers make any attempt to shovel or sweep the ankle deep sand from the end of the ramps, they just stood around kibitzing. This scenario repeated itself in all the areas where work was done. And we wonder how the overtime got out of control? I was outraged then, when I still though Long Beach was in good financial shape. Now I am so angry at the culture that allowed this wanton waste, that I would really like to find out how to make the previous administration make meaningful amends.AAP

  2. Love your photos – especially the ones under the boardwalk and under the lifeguard shack. I agree they should have tried / should try to salvage those handpainted mosaic wall tiles. We need more artwork in this city, not less! I also didn’t know that some boardwalk ramps were completely destroyed and haven’t been replaced. Thank you for highlighting these issues.

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