Monday, March 14, 2011

New Jersey floodwaters crest, 2,000 homes evacuated

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Major flooding continued along the Passaic River in northern New Jersey on Sunday after the river crested at Little Falls nearly 5 feet above flood stage late on Saturday, meteorologists said.

About 2,000 homes have been evacuated as recent rains and snowmelt pushed swollen rivers above flood stage. Some residents were taken to temporary shelters and power remained out to flooded areas on Sunday, said Mary Goepfert, spokeswoman for the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management.

State, county and federal emergency management officials flew over the flooded areas to assess the damage Sunday. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie convened a conference call with senior state officials to discuss the flooding, Goepfert said.

"We are going to be going out with FEMA and at some point assessing damage and that is going to be conditional on when we can traverse the area," Goepfert said.

A Red Cross shelter remained open in Paterson, New Jersey, and the Red Cross was distributing cots, towels and other materials to other local shelters as well, she said.



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