MANTOLOKING, N.J. - Work crews are preparing to demolish storm-damaged homes in the Jersey Shore town hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy.
Minor debris removal has already started in Mantoloking, and the first of 50 storm-wrecked houses should be demolished Wednesday, a day later than originally anticipated.
The lack of an air-quality monitoring team prevented the teardown of a house Tuesday. It sits near the Mantoloking Bridge, where the surge from the Oct. 29 storm cut a new channel from the ocean to the Barnegat Bay, necessitating a massive emergency-repair project to fill it in.
All of Mantoloking's 521 homes were damaged or destroyed.