Rick McBride came down from his Pennsylvania residence to check on his home at 5400 Central Avenue as Hurricane Sandy bore down on the Jersey Shore on Oct. 28.
He planned to leave at low tide on Oct. 29.
But record flooding never receded that day, and because McBride was stuck, his south-end neighbors now have a spectacular photographic chronicle of the storm's impact on that part of the island.
McBride compiled some of his images into a book created through a digital photograph printing service. The book is not any sort of commercial venture, but McBride said he can order additional copies for anybody interested.
An 8-by-8-inch version of the book costs $45 and a 12-by-12-inch version is $65. If anybody's interested they can e-mail McBride at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 717-732-5920 to place an order.
"When the ocean started to breach the dunes, I moved across the street to our neighbor's home, which I knew would withstand any storm that was coming, unlike our home, which is at ground level," McBride said. "It was a very long night with a lot of rain, wind and pounding surf."
McBride's collection includes images from the height of the storm and in the ensuing days as the tight-knit south-end community began its cleanup.