Hurricane Sandy left a trail of destruction across many parts of the eastern US. In New Jersey alone damage estimates have been put at almost $30 billion. Ortley Beach on Barrier Island was one of the hardest-hit areas. It still resembles a ghost town.
Sandy's destructive power is still visible in Ortley Beach and many other towns along the Atlantic coast. Rows of collapsed houses stand empty, lining the torn-up streets.
Many buildings are still deemed unsafe by the authorities. These notices have been put up to deter anyone from entering many of the dilapidated houses.
Hardly any of the hotels and motels in Ortley Beach are in anything resembling working order. The only guests are contractors and relief workers.
The scenes of destruction in and around Ortley Beach are still hard to comprehend. A return to normality and everyday life seems a long way off.
Walking along the beach promenade won't be the same enjoyable excursion it once was for tourists and residents in the foreseeable future.
Wherever possible, locals have tried to salvage what they can. Many of their belongings, including furniture, have been ruined by the seawater and have been left by the road for the rubbish collection.
Supplies have been pouring in from all over the country to help overcome the shortages. Provisional cantines have been set up to cater to those in need.
Three weeks after Sandy wreaked havoc across the eastern United States, Barrier Island, off New Jersey, is still struggling with the clean-up effort.