TODAY   |  October 31, 2012

Seaside Heights, N.J., boardwalk wiped out by storm

TODAY’s Natalie Morales takes an aerial look at the famous pier in Seaside Heights, N.J., where amusement park rides are splintered and scattered along the beach and houses have been completely washed away.

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>> we want to begin with natalie . she is high above the jersey shore getting a hue of the visitoric destruction. natalie , good morning again. do you have a sense of the scope of how much of the shore side has been damaged here?

>> well, we know that the damage that we are seeing here just in seaside, this stretches along for hundreds of miles really, up and down the jersey shoreline. new jersey governor chris christie took an aerial tour as well of the area yesterday, and he called the damage incalculable. but for those who lost so much, this is beyond any dollar amount. the president will be joining the governor today to get an overview and to take a look firsthand at some of the damage we're seeing, but that pier there in seaside. of course, you may not be familiar with it, but many may know it sadly from snooki and "the jersey shore " cast having spent time here on these rides as well. i myself spent some time this summer on these rides with my kids, and, of course, it's unthinkable, but, of course, the amusement park , it's sad to see this, but what you see beyond this, what you see beyond the homes and structures that have been completely reduced to smith smithereens, boats piled on top of each other, cars on top of homes. my photographer did an excellent job showing me this morning this is strikingly similar to some of the images he remembers seeing covering hurricane andrew and flying over the area there in south florida as well. you see what's left. here was a roller coaster ride. it's pretty much a roller coaster in the ocean now. it's going to take a good long time to rebuild this area. governor chris christie vowing that that would begin today, that they would start just trying to clean up the area and get an assessment of the true damage and vow that new jersey will rebuild its shore but saying it may not be the same, but they are going to bring it back. savannah?

>> and your images there this morning, natalie , show just how much work there is to