The NASA Earth Observatory has released images showing a portion of the New Jersey coastal town of Mantoloking before and after Hurricane Sandy struck the region.
The images, which were taken on Wednesday, show houses that once stood on the east side of Route 35 leveled or washed away completely. Parts of Route 35 remain underwater and the route is littered with debris. The Mantoloking Bridge is heavily damaged and still partially submerged. After a preliminary inspection, the bridge has been deemed unstable.
Police Sgt. Keith Reinhard told the Point Pleasant Patch:
"We have focused our efforts on the mainland, doing search and rescue in low lying areas. "Now our focus is going to be on the barrier island, as well as removing trees and power lines from the roads."
NASA photo of Mantoloking New Jersey prior to Hurricane Sandy
Post Hurricane Sandy photo of Mantoloking New Jersey
Photos posted on the New Jersey National Guard's Facebook page show a house that has floated off of its foundations and crashed into the Mantoloking Bridge.
New Jersey National Guard
A home was swept off of it's foundation and crashed into the Mantoloking Bridge after Hurricane Sandy.
What wasn't devastated by Sandy's winds, rain and storm surge, was destroyed by a fire according to WNBC-TV.
After touring the area on Saturday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said:
"You don't want to be there yet. A good part of it looks like a bad B-movie. If you look at what happened along the beachfront, you'll know why I asked people to evacuate. Hundreds if not thousands would be dead if we had not evacuated"
Christie went on to say:
"It's unrecognizable. Homes that have completely disappeared - we don't know where they went."