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.
The late-season swelter will continue along much of the Atlantic Seaboard through the week as tens of millions head back to school and work.
Tropical Storm Dolly has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico's Bay of Campeche and will continue its west-northwest path during the next couple of days.
A second volcanic eruption occurred on Sunday morning in Iceland in the same area that had one on Friday.
Severe thunderstorms will threaten holiday festivities across parts of the Midwest and central Plains to close out the extended Labor Day weekend.
While flooding is a threat, monsoonal rains will be beneficial for most areas across northwest India this week.
Gusty winds, large hail and power outages occurred Sunday into Monday morning in the north-central United States.
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