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Some Jersey Shore Residents Intent On Staying Despite Sandy’s Damage

The Mantoloking/Avon-By-The-Sea are is seen from Chopper 880 (credit: Tom Kaminski / WCBS 880)

The Mantoloking/Avon-By-The-Sea are is seen from Chopper 880 (credit: Tom Kaminski / WCBS 880)

Superstorm Sandy

MONMOUTH BEACH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) - The Atlantic Ocean is docile now, but during superstorm Sandy, it was a different story.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell On The Story

When it crashed over the sea wall, it appears to have left half of Monmouth Beach on Richard Lawyner’s front yard and that’s just the beginning.

The town was also flooded by the Shrewsbury River.

The runaway waters left a carpet of sand and muck which is now being plowed into mountains on Ocean Avenue.

“Water everywhere, seaweed everywhere, stench everywhere,” Lawyner told WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell.

But despite the damage to his home, Lawyner will rebuild.

“This is my home. Of course i’m going to stay,” he said, noting that he feels fortunate. “Cars can be replaced. Homes can be replaced. But you can’t replace the life of a loved one.”

He added, through tears, “I feel sorry for the people who lost people. I’m very lucky.”