Last Sandy-Ravaged Shore Town Reopens

Residents allowed to return to the battered barrier island

Friday, Feb 22, 2013  |  Updated 8:45 AM EDT
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The last Jersey shore town to be closed to residents after Superstorm Sandy is letting them come home.

Mantoloking says it will allow residents to return to the battered barrier island town on today.

The wealthy Ocean County community is the last of the storm-battered shore towns to let its residents move back home.

It sustained some of the worst damage in the Oct. 29 storm. Hundreds of homes were destroyed and the ocean cut a channel through to Barnegat Bay, cutting the town in two. That channel has since been filled in.

Despite the repopulation, officials don't expect many residents to move in right away because so few homes are habitable yet. 

 

 
PICTURED: The ocean meets the bay in Mantoloking after Superstorm Sandy roared through.

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