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Holgate Residents Allowed Back To Homes On Long Beach Island

Damage from Sandy is seen in the borough of Beach Haven on Long Beach Island - Nov. 5, 2012 (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Damage from Sandy is seen in the borough of Beach Haven on Long Beach Island – Nov. 5, 2012 (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Homeowners are getting their first look at a Long Beach Island community that was among the areas hardest hit by superstorm Sandy.

Holgate is where the Atlantic Ocean met the bay when the storm hit last month. Water rushed under oceanfront homes after breaching vulnerable dunes.

All Holgate residents were allowed to return home as of 7 a.m. Tuesday.

New Jersey Natural Gas crews over the weekend completed the re-pressurization of the gas main on Long Beach Island and natural gas is now available to almost all customers.

Meanwhile, Mantoloking has closed access to the hard-hit town because of the wintry weather Tuesday.

Toms River says it has issued 2,430 permits for repairs on its barrier island.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)