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Images Chronicle Sandy's Fury on South End

Rick McBride compiles photographs taken during and after Superstorm Sandy.

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.

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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 rickmcb@aol.com or call 717-732-5920 to place an order.
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"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.

Marty April 02, 2013 at 11:19 AM
And these people aren't in the V-zone???
John Hay April 02, 2013 at 06:17 PM
Free day's since Hurricane Sandy desktop clock timer here: http://www.orijinations.com/HTML/JH/SandyDay.html Works fine on all desktop and laptops, but not on all SmartPhones, sorry. All the best. We're still cleaning up!
Holly Cockerham April 02, 2013 at 07:42 PM
a Book of pictures throughout the island would be pretty amazing to compile and sell! Maybe raise money for people still needing help? I lost my first floor i have a ton of pictures,I have friends with tons of pictures, I am sure I could get a book made little bit more affordable. Anyone wanna go work on something like this!
Roxanne April 02, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Maybe posting stories with headlines about the Ravages of Sandy is not the best way to encourage tourism to the island. Visitors read things like this and think the beaches are gone. Please let people know that we are open and ready for business as usual.
John Smith April 02, 2013 at 08:25 PM
I know isn't that funny...
Frank April 02, 2013 at 10:53 PM
I agree with you Roxanne. We certainly should not forget but we definitely need to move forward.
josh April 03, 2013 at 12:29 PM
It would be so much easier to move forward if we actually had beaches in the south end - stop ignoring an entire part of the community, Mayor Gillian. Time to change the course in Ocean City - the years of ignoring the south end - taking our tax money and using it to make the north end a better place Time to acknowledge the existence of an entire part of the community that has been ignored forever!!!
Southend Citizen April 04, 2013 at 04:26 PM
They'll be more than 'thinking' the beaches are gone during Spring Tides this summer. I understand your point, but applying pressure is the only way we've gotten any response at all so far. A lot of regular renters in the South End already know what's going on, and they know (or hope) the band-aid fixes will be enough for this summer, but they'll be acquianted with the tide charts. However, I'd rather have an open week than rent to someone who might be a repeat renter but will never come back after not being able to sit on the beach. They'll share that story for sure and it will be worse long term. If we hush up for the good of the summer, we fear we'll be ignored (again).
Alicia April 06, 2013 at 10:38 PM
I picked up a photo book from Rick today. My family has been coming down to the southend of OCNJ for at least 38 years which is only since we've been counting. It's amazing the devastation this storm did in this area and what it has taken to dig out from it. I plan to share the book with my family. I appreciate Rick offering it to others. Nothing better then the Southend.

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