Aaron Dykes
November 3, 2012

The boardwalk town of Seaside Heights, NJ, best known for being the location where MTV’s Jersey Shore is filmed, has declared martial law in the wake of damage from Sandy.

6 Action News, the ABC affiliate based out of Philadelphia, reported that fact, while showing the damage to rides and attractions in the area. Several other nearby towns are also under martial law, with the devastation to property and lives not yet clear.

“We know people are there, we’re keeping an eye on them, and they need to stay on their property. If they come off their property to come off the island, then they don’t get back on. It’ll be a while before anybody gets back on the island until we make it safe,” Toms River Police Chief Mike Mastronardy told the station.

Police are conducting door-to-door sweeps to check for dead bodies and evacuate survivors.

Several video feeds show the damage to the pier and its attractions, as well as to the homes, many of which were reduced to splinters or heavily damaged by flooding.

Meanwhile local communities in the flooded Susquehanna Valley in Pennsylvania have made emergency declarations and are “pondering martial law.” For the time being, curfews have been enforced in towns including Wilkes-Barre and West Pittston in the area.

City council in Wilkes-Barre authorized Mayor Tom Leighton to “take any necessary action,” which includes martial law, according to CitizensVoice.com.

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