Monmouth County residents say they learned from Superstorm Sandy as they brace for Isaias

Many residents picked up extra supplies at the grocery store, checked their generators and charged all their electronics in case the power does goes out.

News 12 Staff

Aug 3, 2020, 10:02 PM

Updated 1,358 days ago

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Monmouth County residents are bracing for Isaias.


Union Beach was an area that was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy. Homes were destroyed and the power was out for weeks

Lucille LoSapio has lived in the Union Beach area her whole life. Even though Isaias is expected to be far less severe, she says it is bringing back some difficult memories she experienced when Sandy hit.

"I felt like we were in the middle of a freight train going by. The house was shaking, the windows were shaking," LoSapio says. "My brother's house was flooded, everything was destroyed. I have friends who basically had houses on the beaches that got swept away."
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Chief Michael Woodrow, of the Union Beach Police Department, says many lessons were learned during Superstorm Sandy. For instance, homes are now required to be built on higher land.
As well, he says the police department now has new vehicles that will help in search and rescue operations in flooded areas.
"We have six ‘Humvee’ vehicles, as well as a 'Deuce in a Half,' a another apparatus that allows us to go traditionally to inaccessible areas," says Woodrow.

Many residents picked up extra supplies at the grocery store, checked their generators and charged all their electronics in case the power does goes out.

Officials also closed the beach at 5 p.m. Monday and built berms on it to prevent flooding.
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