Obama waited until he held his Photo - Op on wednesday- before deciding to sent military transport planes with equipment and supplies .
To bad for Bergen County NJ - he hasn't deemed it disaster nough yett- so thousands stranded in Northern New Jersey will have to wait for his Highness Obama to deem them worthy.
I guess North Jersey isn't disaster enough - but then again neither was Benghazi to Obama - no aid sent to there either.
After touring parts of the Jersey Shore hardest hit by the storm, Obama said he planned to use military transport planes to bring in equipment to aid in power restoration and other repair efforts.Obama had issued a major disaster declaration for the state, along with parts of New York, which would allow federal funding for storm-related repairs. Bergen and Passaic counties were not among the areas included, but state officials said that they could be added after damage assessments are performed.
Jeanne Baratta, a spokeswoman for Bergen CountyExecutive Kathleen Donovan, said today that towns were reporting damage to county officials, and the amount would be tallied and sent to federal officials in a move to have Bergen included in the disaster declaration.
Sen. Bob Menendez said he believed, after speaking Wednesday with Obama and Craig Fugate, the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, that the federal disaster declaration would be expanded to include Bergen County and other counties in the state.
"I'm hoping it's going to come in the next day," Menendez, D-N.J., said in an interview after Obama left Brigantine, where he visited people in a shelter and talked with first responders and state and local officials.
BERGEN COUNTY TOWNS ( short list ) Obama needs More Time to decide WHAT?
The entire town is without power and every major thoroughfare is blocked in one or more spots, police said. About two dozen homes were hit by falling trees and at least five are uninhabitable, Police Chief George Scherb said.
The entire borough has been without power since Sandy knocked down power lines and snapped trees that fell onto — and in some cases into — the roofs of an least a half-dozen homes, Police Chief Michael Cioffi said.
A mandatory pedestrian curfew was imposed Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. All non-emergency and non-essential pedestrian travel is prohibited until further notice due to the unsafe conditions, which include downed live wires, unstable trees and flying debris. All garbage collection was suspended and residents were ordered to conserve water.
The borough is an “absolute war zone,” said Mayor Mark Sokolich. There are about 60 or 70 “major” trees down, many with live wires on them, meaning crews cannot remove them until PSE&G cuts the power, Sokolich said.
Officials issued a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew Tuesday that will remain in effect through Monday.
“We still haven’t seen a lot of recovery work on the part of electricity crews,” City Manager Stephen Lo Iacono said Tuesday. “We don’t expect it to be much better tomorrow than it is today.”
There was one storm-related fatality in the city, 200 evacuations and a three-alarm fire that is still under investigation but likely related to the storm.
The body of South Hackensack resident Joseph Godleski, 69, was found floating in the flood water on Kennedy Street near River Street a little after 9 a.m. Tuesday, Lo Iacono said. Godleski had apparently driven his vehicle into flood waters and drowned as he tried to walk to higher ground, Lo Iacono said. He left a cane in his car.
Two firefighters were injured during the storm. One required 15 stitches after he was struck by a falling branch above his eye during evacuations Monday night. The other suffered a laceration on his hand and arm while responding to a fire that destroyed a house on Gamewell Street.
About 105 residents were sheltered at Bergen Community College, Lo Iacono said.
The city experienced serious tidal flooding near Hudson and River Streets and limited flooding in the Coles Brook area.
Downed trees and power lines have put 80 percent of residents in the dark. The outages have caused a water shortage as power to pumps and wells remains cut, leading police to advise of conservation.
A blown-over tree also killed a local man Monday evening when it crashed into the second floor of his Kingston Avenue home. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
More than 15 hours after the storm surge broke through berms and inundated the borough, the municipal building and many streets were still flooded.
Some residents sat in the lobby of the Borough Hall, with backpacks and overnight essentials, as they awaited word on when a bus would take them to a shelter.
Others trudged through the water in the lobby and to the police window to ask for help in reaching relatives and friends they could not find.
“This is the worst that I’ve ever seen,” a bleary-eyed Geoff Fallows, the town Emergency Management Services coordinator said, after working non-stop for more than 24 hours rescuing residents.
Police and rescue workers from Little Ferry and as far away as Wayne and Little Falls helped residents who were stranded.
Orange & Rockland Electric crews are in Mahwah assessing power outages and could begin making repairs this afternoon, Police Chief James Batelli said.
About 75 percent of the township is without service, including 95 percent of Fardale and 80 percent of Cragmere and Scotch Hills, he said.
The schools along Ridge Road also have no power and there is an underground transformer fire.
Power restoration throughout the township is expected to take 10 days to several weeks for complete repairs, Batelli said. Crews will prioritize repairs based on the number of customers the job will get back on the grid.
Roughly 40 homes have trees into them, many of which have already |been deemed uninhabitable, the chief said. Most roads in the township are passable except for Airmont Road and portions of route 202. Between 5 pm and 5 am the Mahwah Police fielded 1,800 calls.
The entire borough and neighboring Little Ferry were submerged in water, as rescue crews worked through the night and day to evacuate residents, some of whom stood on top of trailers fighting back the water. Officials said 3,500 residents were evacuated in both boroughs.
The lower ends of flood-prone Bergen Turnpike and Teaneck Road are shut down due to flooding.
Village DPW crews, police and firefighters have been working around the clock responding to emergencies, clearing roadways of trees, and checking on elderly residents in the village. Firefighters have “scrounged” generators to deliver them to elderly residents.
More than 120 trees fell, many of them crashing into homes, including on Kenwood Place, and taking down power lines and plunging almost every household in the township into darkness. On Tuesday morning, the majority of traffic lights in the township were out, and the police department had erected traffic cones to form traffic circles around major intersections.
One police officer was injured during the storm, when a branch from a tree fell on his police cruiser and broke the window, Township Manager William Broughton said. He was taken to Holy Name Medical Center to be treated for injuries to his eyes, neck and back, and was released, Broughton said.