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Homeowners return to storm devastation on Long Beach island

Published on Nov 10, 2012 2:10 PM

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Homeowners return to a 30-km barrier island off New Jersey's Atlantic coast on Saturday, giving some of them their first view of the devastation wrought by superstorm Sandy.

Long Beach Island, an enclave of mostly affluent vacation homes, took a direct hit from Sandy, with some homes washed full of sand and seawater and others completely destroyed.

The island, with some 10,000 year-round residents and perhaps 10 times that number in the summer, has been closed to residents except for brief visits to retrieve belongings.

Sandy smashed into the US East Coast on Oct 29, killing at least 120 people and causing an estimated US$50 billion (S$62.2 billion) in damage or economic losses. It destroyed homes along the New Jersey Shore and around New York City, cut off electricity for millions of people and knocked out much of the public transportation system.

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