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SEND PHOTOS: Sandy Destroys Large Portion of Atlantic City Boardwalk

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As first responders began to assess damage from Sandy, which hit Atlantic City as a tropical storm Monday night around 8 p.m., the rising sun revealed the demise of large portions of one of New Jersey, and the country's, most famous landmarks.

About eight or nine blocks of the Atlantic City Boardwalk on the northern end were destroyed by the tropical storm Monday night.

On Monday morning, access to all barrier islands was cut off as the countywide travel ban remains in effect until further notice, county officials said.

A boiling water advisory was issued for Atlantic City residents.

"That's rolling boiling water for one minute," Atlantic County Public Information Officer Linda Gilmore said. "The county is currently working to obtain water for Atlantic City residents."

On Tuesday morning, crews were out assessing the damage and performing rescue operations on the barrier islands for those who were trapped despite calls for mandatory evacuations.

Throughout Atlantic County, there were downed trees and wires, and officials asked residents stay away from wires. Residents can report downed wires and trees by calling Atlantic City Electric at 1-800-833-7476.

As of 9 a.m., there were 82,575 power outages reported throughout Atlantic County.

The Atlantic City Boardwalk opened on June 26, 1870, but on Tuesday morning, Oct. 30, 2012, Sandy made that famous landmark a distant memory.

The first pier was established in 1882, but the Ocean Pier no longer exists. The Steel Pier, home to the city's many amusement rides, opened in 1898.

As much as it was known for its casinos, the Atlantic City Boardwalk became a destination for Americans all over the country, and was further immortalized in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.

The boardwalk experienced partial destruction with the Great Atlantic Hurricane of 1944. During that storm, the Steeplechase Pier and Heinz 57 were both destroyed. Steeplechase Pier was later rebuilt.

NJ dreamin' October 30, 2012 at 01:58 PM
This does not seem to be an accurate account of the current situation. See news article from Daily Beast (Newsweek): Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Floods The famed Atlantic City boardwalk was flooded Tuesday morning, hours after the storm made landfall nearby at 8 p.m. on Monday night. “The city is under siege,” said Thomas Foley, the chief of the city’s emergency management. “I’ve never seen anything like this.” At least two deaths in the city were blamed on the storm. While the casinos’ lights still shone, winds whipped by at 80 miles per hour while water washed into the city’s streets, trapping anyone who had stayed. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie lashed out at Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford on Monday, with the governor saying he could not “in good conscience send rescuers in” since the mayor had told residents they could stay if they could not find a way to leave. Read it at The New York Times October 30, 2012 6:46 AM
Chris Ricciuti October 30, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Watching CNN right now (10:18am 10/30/12) and they are showing firefighters on the AC boardwalk. I know a section of the boardwalk is destroyed, not the whole thing.
Anthony Bellano (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Large portions were destroyed, not the whole thing. Sorry for the initial inaccuracies.
NJ dreamin' October 30, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Thanks for clarification.
Gary jones December 20, 2012 at 03:48 AM
So are the piers and rides destroyed or not?

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