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Rescue efforts through the night in Moonachie, Little Ferry, Carlstadt after levee breaks
A massive effort to rescue thousands of people continued through the night in Bergen County, where a levee break flooded Moonachie and parts of Carlstadt and Little Ferry, bringing rescuers from the National Guard, the New Jersey State Police, the Bergen County Police Department’s Water Search & Recovery Unit and all available personnel and equipment from the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office.
Levee breaks in Northern New Jersey, floods three towns
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A levee broke in northern New Jersey on Tuesday, flooding the towns of Moonachie, Little Ferry and Carlstadt with 4 to 5 feet of water in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, officials told Reuters.
"We are in rescue mode," said Jeanne Baratta, chief of the Bergen County Executive. There were no reports of fatalities as of yet, she said.
Baratta said the three towns had been "devastated" by the flood of water. The break comes after Sandy, which dropped below hurricane status just before it hit the U.S. East Coast on Monday, flooded parts of New Jersey and New York City.
Moonachie slammed when North Bergen levee breaks, evacuations underway
A evacuation is underway in Moonachie after a levee broke early Tuesday morning.
The entire borough is underwater and hundreds of people are being evacuated, according to Jeanne Baratta, chief of staff for the Bergen County executive.
In a trailer park in one part of the borough, people have had to climb onto the roofs of their trailers to await rescue, Baratta said.
There are no reports of any injuries or deaths, she said.
Boats and high-water vehicles are being brought in from other municipalities to assist in the rescue. Parts of Little Ferry and Carlstadt are also affected, Baratta said, and the number of people needing evacuation could eventually exceed 1,000.
Moonachie “has lost their fire department, their police department and their municipal building,” Baratta said.
The National Guard, the State Police and local agencies are helping in the evacuation, which has been going on for hours and is expected to continue for hours more.
The levee’s exact location within Moonachie, a borough near the Hackensack River, was not immediately available.
Sgt. Adam Grossman, a State Police spokesman, said the levee broke around 12:30 a.m., although Baratta said it was sometime later than that.
Originally posted by Noncents
I mentioned this in another thread but since there's a proper one for it now...
From everything I've read, police are not telling where the evacuees are being taken. I really want to know that these people arrive at a safe location and, more importantly, leave that location. I know this is an important event happening right now but this is still a conspiracy site.
Large groups of people being taken to undisclosed locations...edit on 30-10-2012 by Noncents because: Changed a word.
Originally posted by Noncents
I know they're likely not hiding anything intentionally. I just want to get it out there in advance that police haven't said where people are being taken. Hopefully get a few people paying attention. There's so much going on it's going to be easy to overlook something since most of us aren't involved directly.
I'd hate for the something overlooked to be people. Also, please don't think that because I'm considering all sides that I care any less about those in rough times right now. It's just that, well, you know, conspiracy theory.edit on 30-10-2012 by Noncents because: (no reason given)