Nearly 20,000 residents of Hoboken, N.J., have been stranded by flood waters and stuck in their homes since Hurricane Sandy tore through the town on Sunday.
The mayor, Dawn Zimmer, made a public address from the steps of city hall where she asked for people to be patient, according to The Jersey Journal.
Zimmer asked for volunteers, who drive vehicles that sit high, to help transport people from their homes to nearby shelters.
The National Guard has arrived in the town and are working on taking people who want to evacuate to shelters.
For the residents who prefer to stay in their homes, the mayor is coordinating with the National Guard to get supplies to them.
Residents are asked not to fuel up their vehicles as gasoline in the town is on short supply and needed for emergency vehicles. None of the traffic lights are in operation and the mayor asks all residents to stay off the roads.
Supplies such as canned good, batteries, water and flashlights are needed in the town. The only vehicles being permitted into town are those who are volunteering or bringing supplies. Anyone wishing to donate is asked to take the supplies to the Hoboken High School.
Although the town remains flooded, lakes and streams nearby have returned to normal levels, according to AccuWeather Senior Expert Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
"I am surprised the water isn't receding," said Sosnowski. "There may be leaves, sand or other storm debris blocking the drains."
Another possibility is pumps that normally deal with storm waters could be out of operation due to the power outages in the city. Efforts to restore power could take 10 more days.
At least five storm systems will impact the United Kingdom and Ireland through Christmas.
A storm brought heavy snow and travel headaches across the Northeast on Tuesday.
Warm air is forecast to surge into much of the eastern half of the nation by the weekend and will be accompanied by heavy rain and flooding risk in some locations.
As warmer air pays a brief visit to the Central and Eastern states, delays from rain, fog, ice and snow will be on the increase this weekend for early holiday travelers.
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