OCEAN CITY -- The police department is now allowing Ocean City homeowners with proof of residence back on the island.

Police officially began allowing residents back on at noon today.

They said the Route 52 causeway and 34th Street entrances from Somers Point and Upper Township will be opened while the Longport bridge will remain closed because of debris on the roadway.

As of 5 p.m., a line of cars waiting to get back in over the 34th Street bridge stretched all the way back to the Garden State Parkway.

There was has been a line of cars at the foot of the Route 52 bridge into Ocean City from Somers Point since early Tuesday but police had previously said they were only letting essential personnel through.

Many roads were still blocked by high water and several feet of sand washed off the beach and dunes. Some roads were closed because of downed trees and wires.

Sewer service returned Tuesday evening, but power remained scattered. Some traffic lights worked, others blinked and many were still dark. Most cars treated the latter like four-way stops.

The city was much cleaner and drier on Wednesday morning than the day before, but much of the debris and sand remained untouched and would require days of work by heavy machinery to clear.