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Five Years Later: A Look Back at the Great Brick Blizzard of 2010

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A car stuck on Point View Road in Brick, Dec. 27, 2010.
A car stuck on Point View Road in Brick, Dec. 27, 2010.

Before there was Superstorm Sandy, there was the blizzard of 2010, the first anomalous storm of a two year period that included two hurricanes, an earthquake and even a “derecho” that flooded roadways across town.

The Great Brick Blizzard of Dec. 26, 2010 dumped 34 inches of snow on Brick Township, which had the highest-recorded snowfall of any town in New Jersey. It left residents with $1.4 million in removal costs, 29,000 calls for service to town hall, 49 out of the township’s 72 plow trucks broken down and 11 ambulances stuck – at one point or another – in the snow.

Nothing seemed to go smoothly during the snow removal operation. With many of the dump trucks and tandems stuck, the township thought it could hire contractors to help – but when they received higher-priced offers from other towns, they left. In the years that followed, township officials modified the contractors to guarantee Brick would be prioritized. They also bought additional four wheel drive ambulances and, in the wake of Sandy, added surplus military vehicles to the emergency fleet.

A Brick Township dump truck broken down at Tanager Way, Dec. 27, 2010.
A Brick Township dump truck broken down at Tanager Way, Dec. 27, 2010.
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Many residents were stuck at home for days. By the time Dec. 31 rolled around, most of the roads were open again – just in time for the township’s end-of-year council meeting, which was packed with angry residents fuming about the days-long wait to be able to get out of their homes.

Officials tried to calm the crowd, largely to no avail. Then-councilman Mike Thulen explained in detail how the plow trucks became stuck in snow drifts, with a second vehicle designed to tow U.S. Army tanks blowing its transmission as it tried fruitlessly to remove a disabled tandem near the Ridge Road Public Works headquarters.

The storm also took a political toll on the township’s Republican organization. The all-GOP council at the time was roundly criticized – fairly or not – for the slow cleanup. Controversies over Public Works funding would ensue in the months to come, culminating in a referendum that hiked taxes well above the state’s 2 percent cap, and the following year saw the Democrats take control of the township’s governing body. Since the storm, no Republican has won a municipal election in Brick.


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  • Frank Rizzo

    A disaster and a poorly run event…..granted the snow was overwhelming…but the clean up was poorly run by the greek pirate raiding party.

  • Marley

    I’m sorry that I missed it. I bet it kept people ranting and raving for weeks about not being able to get out of their houses for a few days. Try a category 4 hurricane aftermath with no power for three weeks in South Florida in record heat and then you have something to complain about. Besides no power, no gas because there were no generators to keep it pumping.

  • Kelli Walsh ONeill

    This picture was taken from my deck in Seaside Heights of my neighbors stairs and the garage. We lived next to a hotel so there was no where for the snow to go! It blew all the way to the back of the driveway and just piled up! It took hours to shovel it all out….