Prince Harry visits storm-damaged shore

2013-05-15 10:41
New jersey - Britain's Prince Harry continues his tour of New Jersey towns hard hit by Superstorm Sandy with a visit to Seaside Heights.

The summer resort town is where the MTV reality show Jersey Shore was taped.

The prince and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie were greeted by firefighters and police.

During his visit the prince saw a famous image from the storm: a roller coaster that plunged off an amusement pier and into the ocean.

Earlier, Harry and Christie shook hands with police and first responders on a half hour visit to Mantoloking.

$37bn worth of damage

The governor showed the prince where a breach caused by Sandy allowed the Atlantic Ocean to cascade into Barnegat Bay. Harry couldn't believe a house once stood on the spot.

He'll also get to see the community's rebuilt boardwalk, which is about two-thirds complete.

New Jersey sustained about $37bn worth of damage from the storm.

About 360 000 homes or apartment units in New Jersey were damaged by the storm and Prince Harry is visiting two of the communities that took the worst pummeling by Sandy's storm surge.

The prince began a week-long visit to the US on 9 May.