I wanted to give an update since we were at our beach house this past weekend as well. All we had was about 10 inches of water in the garage, but it was all gone when we got there. We had moved all the contents of the garage up to the first floor, so we didn't have a lot of cleaning to do of property.
We powerwashed the garage floor, and power washed the driveway and exterior of the house. That was it! The house is as good as new. We spent the rest of our time helping our neighbors get cleaned up.
I rode around the island to survey the damages, except I never made it up to the gardens.
The boardwalk is 100% intact. I rode the whole boardwalk on my bike. Any boards that were lifted, which were very few, were already repaired. ALL of the shops on the boardwalk were fine. No damage at all. No flooding. Amazing. Many were open and it seemed like a normal day on the boardwalk.
Many of the ramps down to the beach were damaged and there was a lot of sand piled up around the steps. Probably about a foot of sand.
The dunes in the north side were gone. But the beaches were huge and beautiful, very wide, like a natural beach replenishment project. It was amazing. Other dunes farther north and down by the Gold Coast were still there.
The boardwalk benches were all fine, and so were the little sitting areas and gazebos that are in a few areas of the boardwalk.
Most of the island looks just like you left it. I was expecting sand piled on every property but mostly everything was just fine and you would not know a storm went through, except that people were flooded and were throwing out wet furniture and debris. The city placed dumpsters all over the city and they were all full, but we could take debris to the recycling center on Shelter Rd by the airport.
There were some hard-hit areas, however. The downtown stores were all flooded on Asbury Ave. They are in cleanup mode and expect to have their stores back open by Thanksgiving.
There was a lot of sand in the south side of the island, and many homeowners living along the bay, expecially in the south side, were flooded.
I saw very little structural or roof damage. For the most part the problem was flooding.
Many churches were hard hit. The homes and churches that were closer to the bay side and where they were not built over a garage suffered flooding in their main living areas.
But I was very happy to see how well everything looked! I was expecting much worse. We dodged a bullet and I feel very blessed and very thankful.
I took a lot of pictures and will try to post them somewhere so I can share them.