"On October 29, 2012, Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy made landfall near Atlantic City, NJ. For Ed Wright, a resident in Mantoloking, NJ, the storm brought gusts up to 80 miles per hour and created a surge that temporarily made his home its own island at the end of the Mantoloking Bridge. 'A friend of mine called me the morning after Sandy hit,' Wright said. 'He told me, 'You're the only one left.'' In Mantoloking, Sandy's surge was so powerful that it washed cars, homes, trees and other debris into Barnegat Bay as if they were toy sailboats floating along a stream. Wright built his home 30 years ago and made the choice to use pilings and elevate it. Taking all the right precautions and following up with his building officials prior to construction, Wright was able to create a design that made his home strong enough to withstand Sandy's force. He later enclosed his ground level with breakaway walls, designed to collapse during a flood impact."
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