Mayor Zimmer: 'Hoboken is Going to Get Through This'
As of Monday afternoon, Hoboken still waiting on the national guard to come into town; guard called in by the mayor on Sunday night.
Mayor Dawn Zimmer called the flooding and damage in the wake of Sandy the "worst case scenario" for Hoboken, with many people stuck in their apartments, wide spread flooding and power outages and serious damage to public and private property.
On Monday afternoon, the city was still waiting for the National Guard to arrive. "We need them here," said Zimmer, who called them in coordination with the county Office of Emergency Management on Sunday night when flooding got much worse.
The Hudson River flooded on the north and south side of town.
"It filled us up like a bathtub," Zimmer said. "Literally, the Hudson took a new route through Hoboken."
No serious injuries or fatalities were caused by Sandy in Hoboken.
On Monday morning, this is what else was happening and here is what you need to know:
- The Wallace School shelter was evacuated on Monday morning, because power was still out there. The back up generator failed on Sunday night and the roughly 150 people were transported to two churches in town (St. Matthew Trinity and Sts. Peter and Paul). Volunteers were needed to help with this. All volunteers should report to City Hall.
- City Hall was experiencing some problems with its telephone lines, but one line was still operational at the command center on Monday morning.
- Volunteers are needed to take pictures of damaged property—public and private, but safely from their own home, according to the city.
- No news yet on power restoration, no word from NJ Transit or PATH service.
- Many basements around town suffered heavy flooding in the storm.
- Traffic signals are still not working, due to power outages.
- A city wide curfew remained in effect until 6 p.m. (but volunteers were encouraged to report to City Hall)
- Live wires were down at the following locations: First & Park, 4th & Grand, 1st & Willow, 2nd & Madison, 1st & Bloomfield, 83 Adams St., 6th & Park, 6th & Grand, Newark & Bloomfield, Elysian Park.