Jersey Shore residents return to damaged homes

U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Martin McGhee walks past a home ravaged by superstorm Sandy on November 5, 2012 in Long Beach Township, N.J.
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TRENTON, N.J. Residents on New Jersey's Long Beach Island are finally able to see the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.

State officials began allowing nearly all homeowners back on the barrier island at 6 a.m. Saturday. Residents had been ordered to evacuate before the storm made landfall Oct. 29.

Steve Kramer told WCAU-TV in Philadelphia that his home in Beach Haven had flooded with about four feet of water, destroying rugs, couches and beds.

The Press of Atlantic City reports that resident Dave Reynolds wore a wet suit while raking mud, sand and dune grass from in front of his Beach Haven home.

Not all island residents were allowed back home on Saturday.

The island community of Holgate remains closed due to extensive storm damage and impassable roads.