National Guard Arrives in Flooded NJ City
Thousands in Hoboken trapped in homes
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 31, 2012 1:44 AM CDT
A street and business are flooded as a result of Hurricane Sandy in Hoboken, NJ.   (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

(Newser) – The New Jersey National Guard arrived in Hoboken last night to help residents of the heavily flooded city across the Hudson River from New York. Officials say Guard members will use high-wheeled vehicles to help evacuate residents and deliver supplies to flooded areas. Hoboken was hard hit by superstorm Sandy, which flooded roughly half the city of 50,000 people.

Mayor Dawn Zimmer asked for the Guard's help, saying thousands of residents were stuck in their homes. "We have two payloaders and we're trying to go in where we can to help people, but we have small city streets and payloaders cannot fit down" them, she said yesterday. "We've got live wires in the waters, and the waters are completely contaminated and getting more contaminated," she said. "It's rain water mixed with sewage water; it's becoming more sewage water."

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Oct 31, 2012 9:27 AM CDT
Only the Governor can request assistance from the National Guard. Governor Christie is a Republican. "The State of Emergency declaration will allow Christie to mobilize National Guard troops and to file a pre-storm request for disaster funds from the federal government."
Oct 31, 2012 6:32 AM CDT
So is this the 47% that Romney claims suck on the teat of Society/Government? When this type of shit goes down, down here in Florida we help each other out. Hurricane season is 6 months long. We are used to it(At least prep for it), but these people in the North-East are not prepared for these type of flooding and wind. Hope they can band together and help each other out. I'm curious though. Where are they going to be voting ?
Oct 31, 2012 6:06 AM CDT
What happened to self-reliance?