Search and Rescue Efforts Begin in New Jersey

Daybreak found rescue operations under way from one end of New Jersey to the other, reports the Associated Press.

“We are in the midst of urban search and rescue; our teams are moving as fast and as safe as they can,” Gov. Chris Christie said. “The devastation on the Jersey Shore is some of the worst we’ve ever seen. The cost of this storm is incalculable at this point.”

And federal officials were keeping a close eye on the nation’s oldest nuclear power plant, which suffered power outages, declared an alert due to rising water levels and lost a portion of its warning alarm system overnight.

The Garden State Parkway was reopened to traffic Tuesday, but more than 200 other state roads remained closed, many of them inaccessible due to fallen trees and downed power wires.
Major flooding had hit Toms River, and several people were trapped on upper floors of their homes near Barnegat Bay.

Jersey City closed the city to vehicles because traffic lights were out, and Hoboken was dealing with major flooding as well.

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