A year ago Rumson and Fair Haven, like the rest of the Jersey Shore, were hit by Super Storm Sandy. Rumson homeowners along the Shrewsbury River suffered considerable flooding as the Shrewsbury River overflowed its banks, depositing boats, docks, and debris on streets and lawns.
Fair Haven residents didn’t have much flooding, but wind damage was severe in both towns. At our house the electricity was out for 13 days, and I’m sure there were others who lost power a lot longer. We lost 6 trees, but none fell on the house and none of us were hurt. For most of the outage we kept the house warm by having a fire in the fireplace. We cooked on a 2-burner Coleman propane stove, and by day 8 or 9 we broke down and bought a small emergency generator.
We were very fortunate compared to folks in Union Beach, Highlands, Sea Bright, Mantoloking, etc. One year later, many parts of those towns still haven’t been rebuilt. Dale Bisgrove, the Manager of the Rumson office of Diane Turton Realtors, says that the old time fishermen in Port Monmouth have a saying: “The water always wins”.