Hurricane Sandy in Sayreville

               Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey on October 29, 2012, causing previously unimaginable destruction in Sayreville. Cheesequake Creek, the Old Bridge section, parts of Lower Sayreville, and particularly Weber and MacArthur Avenues were the hardest hit parts of the borough, suffering from an unprecedented storm surge. The pond pictured here, locally known as Major's Pond, was created after the turn of the last century through extensive clay mining by the Sayre and Fisher Brick Company. What had previously been rolling wooded hills and sprawling marshlands was, over time, leveled by industry. Marshlands, which act as natural sponges by absorbing and filtering excess water, were filled in, as natural springs filled a mined-out pit. After this area was exhausted of its valuable clay, the land was sold to housing developers. This photograph from the 1950s shows Weber Avenue in the distance just prior to housing construction. For over half a century, this area sat in a precarious state, built without foresight, in the name of profit.  

Hurricane Sandy
Raritan Bay Waterfront Park
Raritan Bay Waterfront Park

Courtesy of Katarina Loniewski

Raritan Bay Waterfront Park
Raritan Bay Waterfront Park

Courtesy of Katarina Loniewski

Raritan Bay Waterfront Park
Raritan Bay Waterfront Park

Courtesy of Katarina Loniewski

Raritan Bay Waterfront Park
Raritan Bay Waterfront Park

Courtesy of Katarina Loniewski

Railroad Bridge, Morgan
Railroad Bridge, Morgan

Courtesy of James Creed

Raritan Bay Waterfront Park
Raritan Bay Waterfront Park

Courtesy of James Creed

Morgan Marina
Morgan Marina

Courtesy of Clinton and Mary Speiser

Cheesequake Creek
Cheesequake Creek

Courtesy of James Creed

Were you affected by Hurricane Sandy? Share your story with us!

The Sayreville Historical Society would like to catalogue copies of your Hurricane Sandy photographs in our museum archives. We strongly encourage residents to share their photos with us so that they can be preserved for future generations.

 

Please email your photos to jason.slesinski@gmail.com