Tuesday, October 30, 2012

National Guard arriving to aid evacuations, deliver supplies, pumping out, power

City of Hoboken announces:

Alert: Hurricane Sandy Update and Call for Volunteers

The City is hopeful that several high wheeled vehicles staffed by members of the National Guard will be delivered on Wednesday morning. They will be used to assist in evacuating residents and delivering supplies to flooded areas.

Flood waters are estimated to recede in about 24 to 48 hours. North Hudson Sewerage Authority estimates there are 500 million gallons of water. The flood pump is operational and pumps out 75 million gallons per day, in addition to water flowing out naturally at low tide.

PSE&G is working day and night to restore power. They estimate full restoration will take several days. Substations can not be repaired until flood waters recede.

According to United Water, the drinking water is safe to drink.

Flood waters are a mix of sewage and rain water and pose a health hazard.

The City is asking the National Guard for as many pumps as possible to assist residents in pumping out their homes.

Volunteers can assist with a community cleanup of three parks: Stevens Park, Elysian Park, and Church Square Park. Please arrive at 10:00am at the corresponding park.

Volunteers can also assist with other efforts by going to City Hall at any time. Non-perishable food can be donated at City Hall for shelters and residents who need food.

The curfew has been lifted and driving is permitted. Drivers must exercise extreme caution since most traffic signals are not functioning.

The Ragamuffin parade will be rescheduled for after flood waters recede and all residents can participate.

The possibility of garbage pickup on non-flooded streets will be announced Wednesday morning.

City employees that can reach City Hall and can volunteer with the recovery effort are asked to show up on Wednesday.
For full details, view this message on the web.

Washington Street - a sea of darkness after Hurricane Sandy.

For those who are in need, pass along the updated information: 

201-726-9082, 201-681-2437, 201 -679-4070 or 201-681-6923.

City emergency number is 201-239-6644 (city hall command center).

Churches at 4th/Hudson (Sts. Peter and Paul) and 8th/Washington (St. Matthews) are open for shelters and allowing folks to charge up phones and laptops.