Atlantic City Boardwalk Gone In Sandy's Wake, Anderson Cooper Says It's 'Covered And It's Moving Down Block'

Kim LaCapria

The Atlantic City Boardwalk has been severely compromised by Hurricane Sandy, witnesses have reported, and the historic landmark is said to have been destroyed to the point of being not recognizable in the massive storm's destructive wake.

Reports have flooded in from Atlantic City indicating the Boardwalk is all but gone, confirmed by sites Gawker and BuzzFeed, who have posted about the boardwalk's demise in Hurricane Sandy.

The latter reports that the Atlantic City boardwalk is "already floating in pieces through the streets of Atlantic City, New Jersey," but efforts to report on the exact state of affairs in the destroyed city are hampered by the conditions currently being experienced as the storm hits.

The Atlantic City boardwalk has been a mainstay of the city for well over a century, first appearing in 1870 and most recently recalled from the earlier era in the HBO hit Boardwalk Empire.

Images of the Atlantic City boardwalk, apparently all but gone, have been appearing on Twitter and Instagram, but frequently without source or timestamp attached.

Pictures of the boardwalk floating in pieces through Atlantic City preceded a controversial speech by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who strongly admonished the mayor of the city for what Christie says is a suggestion residents evacuate to shelters in Atlantic City rather than leaving entirely.

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Christie also took to Twitter to express his disappointment at residents of Atlantic City and nearby areas who did not evacuate, saying:

— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) October 29, 2012

CNN's Anderson Cooper later tweeted:

— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) October 29, 2012