TODAY | November 01, 2012
>> michelle franzen in seaside heights , one of the cities most harshly affected by sandy's wrath. good morning to you.
>> reporter: good morning, savannah. the recovery for the beach side communities is a tough one. just getting started and it's going to be a long haul for these heartbroken residents who have watched generations of memories wash away.
>> reporter: finally rescued from her seaside heights home after riding out hurricane sandy, bobbi got her three dogs, stepped off a national guard truck wednesday happy to be on the mainland and toms river .
>> all of a sudden it was up to here. it was a very sudden thing. i don't think anybody over there was prepared for it.
>> reporter: and no one was prepared to see the aftermath. streets and homes once flooded now covered in debris or destroyed.
>> it's still hard to believe. you feel you're going to wake up any minute. it's sickening, saddening.
>> reporter: the beach community most recently put on the map by mtv's " jersey shore " was virtually wiped out by hurricane sandy. the town's biggest attraction, the boardwalk and amusement rides including the iconic roller coaster now propped in the atlantic ocean after sandy ripped away the boardwalk underneath it.
>> you look out here now and you see all this devastation in an area where you guys have lived.
>> it is. that's all it is is devastation. there's no other word for it.
>> reporter: captain joseph mitchell and rescue crews have spent these past few days going door-to-door and helping stranded residents like c.j. and his friend's dog willie get out. just north along the jersey shore , dozens of homes and the entire landscape has been violently altered by the force of mother nature . for residents like melissa griffith who witnessed sandy's wrath, it was a life-altering experience.
>> i was born and raised on the beach. this is all i know. and i survived this one. and everyone says it's worse than '62, i survived.
>> reporter: and even with all this destruction and for as many people that stayed behind, officials tell us along this stretch of jersey shore , amazingly, not any major injuries or fatalities. matt?
>> michelle, thank you very much.