HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — The mayor of Hoboken, N.J., is asking people to bring boats to City Hall to help take people from condo high-rises, brownstones and other homes.
Residents have been stranded for two days by floodwaters from Hurricane Sandy. National Guard trucks rolled into the city today to deliver ready-to-eat meals and other supplies, and to evacuate residents who want out.
The one-square-mile city of 50,000 people has come to be known as a home for young professional families, including workers on Wall Street just across the river in Manhattan.
Many downtown streets still have 2 to 4 feet of water, and are nearly impassable.
On other streets, people are sweeping up mud-caked front sidewalks clogged with debris. Some have their legs wrapped in garbage bags.
At one condo building where power remains out, residents decided to celebrate Halloween this afternoon, which children going door-to-door in costumes.
149-a-03-(Kathy Zucker, Hoboken resident, in AP interview)-"everyone around here"-Hoboken resident Kathy Zucker says she can't believe the severity of the damage. (31 Oct 2012)
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147-a-13-(Staff Sgt. Wayne Woolley, spokesman, New Jersey National Guard, in AP interview)-"Island, Cape May"-Staff Sergeant Wayne Woolley says the Hoboken,N.J., rescue and relief effort is just a small part of what 2,000 National Guard members are doing all around the state. (31 Oct 2012)
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GRAPHICSBANK: Yellow taxi cabs submerged in flood waters from superstorm Sandy, Hoboken, New Jersey, partial graphic (31 Oct 2012)
GRAPHICSBANK: National Guard and Hoboken Police ride truck through flood waters from superstorm Sandy, Hoboken, New Jersey, graphic element on gray (31 Oct 2012)
APPHOTO NJCR112: Vihaan Gadodia, 2, is handed from a National Guard truck after he and his family left a flooded building in Hoboken, N.J., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in the wake of superstorm Sandy. Some residents are being plucked from their homes by large trucks as parts of the city are still covered in standing water. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) (31 Oct 2012)
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APPHOTO NJCR108: Water is pumped from a restaurant on First Street in Hoboken, N.J., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in the wake of superstorm Sandy. Parts of the city are still covered in standing water, trapping some residents in their homes. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) (31 Oct 2012)
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