Highlands, NJ is a small coastal town that was extremely hard-hit by Superstorm Sandy and is very grateful for the amazing outpouring of generosity of people all over the country. Mayor Frank Nolan brought the town together Sunday after the storm to let everyone know what had been happening with the main message of hope and neighbors taking care of one another.
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Highlands is not a wealthy vacation town. It is mainly a blue collar and clamming town. There are about 3400 residents and around 1500 live in the down town area which borders the river. Our barrier from the ocean is Sandy Hook, which is the first beach on the Jersey Shore. The ocean breached the barrier island and met with the river. About 90% of the downtown residences have been deemed unlivable. The water mark reached as high as 10 feet on some of the homes and even the highest level (downtown) had water at about 15 inches. Our boro hall has been destroyed, and our police, first aid and boro employees have all been working out of the new, not so large, firehouse. 90% of the homes in the downtown section of Highlands have been significantly damaged.
This site provides a way for us to match recovery and rebuilding needs with volunteers and resources and to keep everyone up to date with progress.