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Partial Power Restored in Small Pockets Around Town, FEMA and National Guard Remain in Hoboken

City officials started the recovery phase after the flood water receded on Thursday.

UPDATED 8:30 p.m.—While most of Hoboken was still dark, small pockets of power returned around 7 p.m. Residents reported power on First Street downtown, parts of Garden. Lights were on at CVS on Newark Street as well.

Earlier in the day, as local officials have shifted their focus on the recovery stage, the main priority in Hoboken is the restoration of power, Mayor Dawn Zimmer said on Thursday afternoon.

Speaking to about 200 members of the public and a large crowd of local and national media, Zimmer said that, while she couldn't give a real estimate on when power would be back, she is working with PSE&G as well as Governor Chris Christie to get the power up as soon as possible.

Two of Hoboken's substations were flooded during the storm. It took until Thursday afternoon for the water to recede out of there.

"All agencies are working together," Zimmer said. While she couldn't give an estimate, she said it'd be "shorter than seven to 10 days."

One of the city's major concerns at this point, Zimmer said, is ensuring that Hoboken's seniors have enough food and water.

Hundreds of volunteers showed up to city hall on Thursday and teams went around the city to drop off supplies and knock on doors all day.

"As long as we don't have power," Zimmer said, "we're going to be taking care of our community."

The Federal Emergency Management Agency arrived Thursday to meet with city officials and assess the inconceivable damage in the Mile Square.

"This is the priority," said FEMA Deputy Director Richard Serino, "we're going to get the power back on."

Authorities are still enforcing a curfew and warning people not to drive in the city after dark. Multiple checkpoints have been set up at the city's entrances, with police checking ID's of all drivers. Non-residents who are delivering supplies will be admitted.

There is still a great need for supplies and officials are asking for donations of non-perishable food, clothing, blankets and batteries to be delivered to Hoboken High School at 8th and Clinton Streets or City Hall. 

City officials are also asking residents who are no longer stuck in their homes to check on elderly residents and the disabled. 

Most of the city has water — tap water is safe to drink — but some buildings with water pumps that were hooked up to electricity, including Marine View Plaza, lost their water supply. 

It was unclear Thursday whether the building's water was restored, but large tankers of water are set up at First and Washington Streets as well as 315 Washington Street for residents to fill their own containers. 

Police and fire lines were still down, but the command center phone can be reached at 201-239-6644. 

A pharmacist is present at City Hall and hundreds of volunteers lined up Thursday to assist the cleanup effort. 

Please continue to check Hoboken Patch for more information and follow @HobokenPatch on Twitter for updates throughout the day. 

Evan Fleischmann November 02, 2012 at 09:49 AM
Hobokenites are amazing people! Everyone is so calm and pulling together. I work at Organic Basic Food, and since we reopened with only a small generator, customers have been so warm and appreciative. They thank us for being open, and we are grateful to still be in business. And the stories that customers tell about strangers coming together are so heart warming. Go Hoboken!
Carolyn Clement November 02, 2012 at 11:00 AM
I moved from Weehawken to Philly last Feb. My local moms group wants to help Hoboken and we've started collecting donations. My husband and I are renting a van and will stuff it as much as possible. Does anyone know roughly how many babies, children and adults are taking shelter at the High School? My heart goes out to everyone affected by this storm.
LadyFirst November 02, 2012 at 12:03 PM
There is power on Bloomfield and Garden too for several blocks up from First. Drove by this morning!
Furey November 02, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Jefferson Trust (Newark between Willow/Clinton) & Observer Plaza (Newark between Grand/Adams) has power. I'm pretty sure the building on the corner of Adams and Newark has power. The Dunkin Donuts strip mall has power too (hopefully they will open soon - they are closed as of last night).
Carlos Menendez November 02, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Is the power back @ marineview plaza????
Claudette November 02, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Is there any power on Bloomfield and 12th
Jessica Cruz November 02, 2012 at 04:56 PM
is there power along the strip of newark/observer between madison and jackson?
bel palmer November 02, 2012 at 05:38 PM
is there power park and newark?
Ladybug November 02, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Still no power on Bloomfield/First
Evan November 02, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Anyone able to give an idea on how bad the flooding was on Madison between 2nd and 3rd? Also, any update on the power situation would be great. Thanks!
John November 02, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Who do I contact if I want to volunteer over the weekend?
Indiecom November 02, 2012 at 11:36 PM
go to city hall - you can sign up there to volunteer
Indiecom November 02, 2012 at 11:37 PM
I have a friend on 1st & Madison - at it's peak, flood waters were over the first step on the stoop - as of now 1st & Madison street is dry - maybe 2nd & Madison as well...
John November 02, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Thank you.
feli November 03, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Any power on 9th and clinton yet??
feli November 03, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Is the elevator from hoboken to jersey city working yet as well??
Hoboken help November 03, 2012 at 07:41 AM
On 5th and Monroe? Any electricity yet?
Hildred Sullivan November 04, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Is there power at 7 th and Adams?
nicholas sciascia November 05, 2012 at 02:20 AM
hope everyones ok does anyone no if there is power on 4th n grand many thanks
Ann Winslow November 05, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Did the apartment building at 130 Park Av get evacuated yet?

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