The streets and lots closest to the beach were left covered with sand, as much as two feet and more in spots and looking somewhat like snow drifts…but it wasn’t going to melt. Amongst the many contractors who have arrived at the island to help out are those who are specializing in removing the sand, using front-end loaders which dump to trucks. In Beach Haven, Taylor Avenue at the beach was designated as the transfer point for collected sand. Here’s the process.
Contractor’s trucks arrive from the right and dump onto the long sand pile in the background. The orange clam shell dumps loads of collected sand into the hopper forward on the green truck. From there it passes through the rotating brown-colored screen, falling down onto a conveyor which takes it to the beach on the left. Debris in the sand which doesn’t fall through the screen moves on the conveyor belt on the right to a pile on he street. There it will be picked up by the orange front end loader and trucked away to a debris consolidation site.
The cleaned output is then transferred to another truck which distributes it along the beach to restore the protective dunes.
There is still much, much debris to be picked up elsewhere. Here are the shops on the bay side of Bay Village.
Much of the debris from Beach Haven (and probably Holgate) is brought to a transfer station at the bay end of Taylor Avenue. Trucks arrive and have their contents screened by an inspector who scissors his cubicle up to look into the trucks (for what?).
They then move into the transfer area and have their contents transferred to an interim pile.
On the other side of the pile, two Star Wars creatures grab bucket-fulls of the stuff and place it in other trucks which then head off to the landfill in Stafford Township. If you threw something out by mistake that’s where you’ll find it.
Meanwhile, immune to the tragedy for a moment, here’s a testament to the future of Beach Haven.