Mantoloking Was Among The Hardest-Hit Jersey Shore Towns

MANTOLOKING, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — An iconic image of Superstorm Sandy will soon disappear.

Demolition work began Thursday on a New Jersey house that was swept into Barnegat Bay in Mantoloking during the Oct. 29 storm. Work is expected to be completed by Friday afternoon.

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Crews were working for months trying to clear New Jersey’s waterways after the storm dumped everything from houses to boats into bays, channels, rivers, inlets and other coastal waters.

The home is one of eight nearly intact residences that were pushed into bays during Sandy. Two other homes were also swept into Barnegat Bay. One  in Monmouth County’s Union Beach was pushed into Raritan Bay and four others in Cumberland County’s Lawrence Township were washed into Delaware Bay.

“These homes, just like the Jet Star roller coaster swept off Casino Pier and sitting in the ocean off Seaside Heights, have become iconic images of just how powerful and devastating Sandy was – and how this historic storm changed so many lives,” Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin said. “The removal of these homes marks a symbolic benchmark in the progress we’ve made as New Jersey continues to recover and rebuild.”

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Mantoloking was the hardest-hit Jersey Shore town. All 521 homes were damaged with more than 200 of them destroyed.

The ocean cut a channel through to Barnegat Bay, dividing the town in two. That channel has since been filled in.

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