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.
Matthew has become a hurricane in the Caribbean and may approach the U.S. during next week.
It will feel like an extended winter for those living from the northern Plains to the eastern U.S., as cold and snowy conditions last longer than normal.
Persistent downpours will raise the flood risk in part of the mid-Atlantic into Friday, while rain will spread over the balance of the northeastern United States into the weekend.
Millions of people across the U.S. could be exposed to drinking water contaminated with chemicals from firefighting foam, according to a recent study.
The final day of September will bring a rare lunar event that hasn’t occurred since March of 2014, a Black Moon.
The holiday weekend will start on an unsettled note, but the weather should improve by Day of German Unity celebrations on Monday.
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