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00:00:00 - Introduction of Gehlhaus

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Partial Transcript: Okay, my name is Trudi-Ann Lawrence. Today is September 4th [2013], and I am at Keansburg Amusement Park.

Segment Synopsis: Sixty year old Gehlhaus has owned Keansburg Amusement Park with his brother since 1995. The park has been in their family for generations.

Keywords: Brother; Business; Contact; Ethnicity; Family; Keansburg Amusement Park; Water parks; Waterpark

GPS: Keansburg Amusement Park (Keansburg, Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.455407, -74.137103.
00:02:04 - Gehlhaus and his brother preparing for the storm

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Partial Transcript: Okay. All right, so can you tell me about the--when you first heard the storm was coming, the preparations that you made?

Segment Synopsis: Gehlhaus and his brother prepared for the storm by taking apart some amusement rides. They were relying on the berm and dune system to keep the water and sand from coming into the amusement park, but the system failed.

Keywords: Brother; Daughter; Devastation; Direction; Dunes; Electricity; Evacuate; Flooding; Hurricane Irene; Prepared; Shrewsbury River; State; Storm; Tides; Water; Weather; Winds

GPS: Keansburg Amusement Park (Keansburg, Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.455407, -74.137103.
00:04:22 - During the storm

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Partial Transcript: So, um, during the storm, the first day of the storm, can you recall what the weather conditions were like?

Segment Synopsis: Gehlhaus says the way the winds were blowing during the storm was pushing the tides inland. That was the worst part of the storm because the berm would not be able to hold.

Keywords: Cleanup; Debris; Devastation; Direction; Flood; Procedures; Sand; Storm; Stormy; Tides; Water; Weather; Winds

GPS: Keansburg Amusement Park (Keansburg, Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.455407, -74.137103.
00:06:44 - The process of putting the Keansburg Amusement Park back together

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Partial Transcript: That was my next question, how long did it take you?

Segment Synopsis: It took a lot of work and time to repair the damage from Sandy. Gehlhaus believes that the changes have made the amusement and water park significantly better.

Keywords: Amusement parks; Boardwalks; Clean; Contractors; Damage; Debris; Destroyed; Equipment; Fortunate; Mess; Significance; Street; Water; storm

GPS: Keansburg Amusement Park (Keansburg, Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.455407, -74.137103.
00:10:36 - Assistance from insurance companies / the impact of media

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Partial Transcript: Did you, um, have any assistance from FEMA or any insurance companies?

Segment Synopsis: Gehlhaus did not receive money from FEMA or insurance companies. Most of the money for repairs came from his own pocket. Gehlhaus did not pay much attention to the media because he was very busy cleaning up the amusement park. However, he recalls that everything he had read in the newspaper about his park was accurate.

Keywords: Crime; FEMA; Insurance; Media; Money; Preparation; Safe

GPS: Keansburg Amusement Park (Keansburg, Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.455407, -74.137103.
00:13:09 - Volunteers helping out with the amusement park

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Partial Transcript: Did, um, did you receive help cleaning up from outsiders, maybe volunteers?

Segment Synopsis: Gehlhaus and his brother had volunteers from Jersey Cares and the American Coaster Enthusiasts. They gathered people from local businesses to help clean up the park.

Keywords: Businesses; Conditions; Help; Structure; Volunteers

GPS: Keansburg Amusement Park (Keansburg, Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.455407, -74.137103.
00:15:16 - Local government, municipality, and the people of Keansburg helping with the clean up process

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Partial Transcript: How do you feel about the president and the governor making their appearance in the area?

Segment Synopsis: The governor did not play a big role in helping in the clean up process at the park. The local government and the people of Keansburg really helped significantly. The municipality removed trash from the park. Gehlhaus says that there have been storms that have been much worse. If his grandfather and father were able to rebuild and keep the park then there is no reason why Gehlhaus and his brother can't rebuild.

Keywords: Damage; FEMA; Governor; Local government; Money; Municipality; Normal; Rebuild; State; Storms; Town; Trash

GPS: Keansburg Amusement Park (Keansburg, Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.455407, -74.137103.
00:18:28 - Storm's impact on the presidential election

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Partial Transcript: Do you think the storm somehow had an impact on the presidential election, given the fact that a lot of people had to relocate to vote or anything like that?

Segment Synopsis: Gehlhaus states that he thinks that a lot of towns were too devastated by the storm to worry about voting, and history can only tell if it affected the presidential election.

Keywords: Building; Destroy; Election; House; Roof; Vote

GPS: Keansburg Amusement Park (Keansburg, Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.455407, -74.137103.
00:19:10 - Making repairs / the governor's election

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Partial Transcript: Um, are there--are you still making any repairs now?

Segment Synopsis: According to Gehlhaus, there are still repairs that need to be completed in the park. He has also updated his insurance policies. Gehlhaus states that the gubernatorial election was affected by Sandy since Governor Christie received a lot of media attention and not many people knew about Barbara Buono.

Keywords: Buildings; Chris Christie; Coverage; Governor Christie; Gubernatorial elections; Insurance; Media; Normal; Roof

GPS: Keansburg Amusement Park (Keansburg, Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.455407, -74.137103.
00:21:48 - Advice for other business owners

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Partial Transcript: Okay. If you can give one word of advice, to--from one business owner to another, in Moore, Oklahoma, who's suffered a devastation like you have, what would that word of advice be?

Segment Synopsis: Having a plan and sticking to the plan is a very important factor in trying to rebuild a business according to Gehlhaus.

Keywords: Business owner; Cost; Dunes; Oklahoma; Problem; Recovery; Seaside; Water parks; Waterpark; decision

GPS: Keansburg Amusement Park (Keansburg, Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.455407, -74.137103.
00:24:45 - Management technique

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Partial Transcript: Um, what would you say is your--was your, your motivation or your strength to just get out there and just continue and clean up and just go with the drive and the passion that you had?

Segment Synopsis: Gehlhaus' motivation was to come back bigger than ever and according to him he has achieved that goal. Gehlhaus and his brother are both operators so they do not just sit behind desks all day. Their management technique consisted of everyone doing the same thing, such as picking up garbage. Everyone worked as team to clean up, and worked very hard each day.

Keywords: Business; Garbage; Generations; Job; Manage; Operators

GPS: Keansburg Amusement Park (Keansburg, Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.455407, -74.137103.
00:27:26 - Legacy of the storm

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Partial Transcript: Okay. Um, if you can say the legacy of the storm, or the central message, what would you say that would be?

Segment Synopsis: Other park owners have been very supportive of Gehlhaus and his brother, and many generous people helped out. The amusement park is now updated.

Keywords: Amusement parks; Business; Legacy; Message; Ocean City; Rain; Storm; Updates

GPS: Keansburg Amusement Park (Keansburg, Nj.)
Map Coordinates: 40.455407, -74.137103.