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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.

Operation Shack Save – Total Success

Today, Bay Crane came down to the beach with two heavy lift cranes, and in a professional manner cleaned up the most notable, and nationally-televised, bit of Irene damage.

Operation Shack Save started after Irene decided to do some  beach remodeling.  In front of a crowd of about 20 onlookers, Shack Save was completed successfully.  In what seemed like about 10 minutes of actual lifting, the two cranes worked in tandem to lift the Lifeguard Shack, rotate it, then slowly traverse it back to its restored foundation.  There were a few minutes of fine tuning as they took the tension off the cranes and brought the shack to its home (of course until the next hurricane comes through).

Great job to all involved.  I’m sure the LB Lifeguards are ecstatic that their summer home is back, and will soon be fully restored.  

Lots of pictures below.

Getting ready for the lift – don’t cross the streams

Moving around to hook to the steel beams under the shack

And we’re airborne

Moving it like its a toy


Tandem crane work

And starting to put it down


The strongest dude in Long Beach, pulling the shack back to its foundation


Great view of the fun on a sunny day

And its done – minus some additional cleanup

Throw on a fresh coat of paint, and we’re back

 And to remember, this was the shack minutes after the storm surge hit

As it stood the evening after Irene hit, and where it would stay for 41 days


Operation Shack Save on Hold

After Irene decided to remodel our lovely beach, the Lifeguard Shack has not been the same.

I’ve got to say, with the Shack now situated where it’s been for a month, I’ve sort of gotten used to it.  Further, I love walking by and seeing people come down to the boardwalk and pose for a picture in front of it.  During the Quiksilver Pro, the tourists loved the “color” that it added to Long Beach, and its off axis alignment turns it into a landmark like the leaning Tower of Pisa

In early September, crews brought a monster crane in and ran a steel girder underneath the Shack, but according to what I’ve heard, from the position the crane was in, they could not effectively move the shack back to its foundation.

The current plan that I’ve learned is that they are working to bring the crane back, but this time situate it on the beach in an area that was not available due to the Quiksilver Pro construction.  From there, they should be able to quickly move the Shack back to its former home.

With the extreme high tide this week from the full moon, I wouldn’t be surprised if they wait till next week.  You don’t want a multi-ton crane sinking into wet sand.  I’ll update if I hear more, and if you spot the crane on the beach, let me know.

Operation Shack Save Begins (LB Lifeguard Recovery)

The few, the proud, the tan, the Long Beach Lifeguards.

Today, armed with shovels and truck, they begin what will be one hell of a process, moving the Lifeguard Shack back to its semi-permanent home, hence forth known as Operation Shack Save.

Why is the Lifeguard shack moved 30 feet over?  Perhaps you missed that stormy weather this weekend.  Please refer to this video to refresh your memory.

The Lifeguards spent all day yesterday salvaging their 24 towers (all were unbelievably recovered), setting up temporary Lifeguard stands, and cleaning everything in the Lifeguard shed under the boardwalk that was covered in muck.

The big work will be “moving” the shack back to its home as Paul Gillespie defiantly stated moments after the shack was knocked around by Irene.

You can watch his comments here

Special comment, Paul Gillespie is awesome and my hero.  Lifeguard shack nearly gets demolished by Irene, and he’s out on the boardwalk minutes later during a full on hurricane, still wearing a tank top and not even acknowledging sustained 60MPH wind.  I’m surprised he didn’t go for a quick swim.

 I think we’re going to need a few more shovels…

(Photos courtesy creamsicle bike-rider)