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NJ levee breaks, borough flooded: 1,000 need evacuation

Published time: October 30, 2012 11:39
Edited time: October 31, 2012 14:05
Floodwaters surround a car parked on a street in Hoboken, New Jersey October 29, 2012. (Reuters/Gary Hershorn)

Floodwaters surround a car parked on a street in Hoboken, New Jersey October 29, 2012. (Reuters/Gary Hershorn)

A New Jersey area was swept underwater as local authorities were evacuating hundreds of residents, after hurricane Sandy broke a levee and caused massive flooding. More than 1,000 people require evacuation with 200 already out of the area.

A levee in Moonachie, NJ, broke around 00:30 EDT (04:30 GMT) and forced massive evacuations after severe flooding of several communities including Moonachie and the surrounding towns of Little Ferry and Carlstadt, with up to 5 feet (1.5m) of water.

"Emergency responders immediately came on scene", New Jersey State Police Sgt. Adam Grossman told Business Insider. “We are trying to get everyone out."

Moonachie’s fire and police departments were severely damaged by the flood, as well as the city’s municipal buildings.

Nearby municipalities are contributing rescue equipment, including boats and trucks.

Currently officials are trying to rescue 800 people living in a Moonachie trailer park.

New Jersey’s Emergency Task Force is lacking resources in light of devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy and is asking for an additional 120 ambulances to complete the evacuation.

No injuries or deaths have been reported.

Emergency personnel rescue residents from flood waters brought on by Hurricane Sandy in Little Ferry, New Jersey, October 30, 2012. (Reuters/Adam Hunger)
Emergency personnel rescue residents from flood waters brought on by Hurricane Sandy in Little Ferry, New Jersey, October 30, 2012. (Reuters/Adam Hunger)
A street sign stands near apartment buildings which flooded and destroyed large sections of an old boardwalk, on October 30, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP)
A street sign stands near apartment buildings which flooded and destroyed large sections of an old boardwalk, on October 30, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP)
 Resident Kim Johnson inspects the area around her apartment building (L) which flooded and destroyed large sections of an old boardwalk, on October 30, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP)
Resident Kim Johnson inspects the area around her apartment building (L) which flooded and destroyed large sections of an old boardwalk, on October 30, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP)
Flood waters surround a car parked on a street in Hoboken, New Jersey, October 29, 2012. (Reuters/Gary Hershorn)
Flood waters surround a car parked on a street in Hoboken, New Jersey, October 29, 2012. (Reuters/Gary Hershorn)
 A flooded street is seen at nightfall during rains from Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP)
A flooded street is seen at nightfall during rains from Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP)
People walk through water on the beach near the time of high tide as Hurricane Sandy approaches October 29, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (AFP Photo/Stan Honda)
People walk through water on the beach near the time of high tide as Hurricane Sandy approaches October 29, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (AFP Photo/Stan Honda)
Ocean Avenue is flooded caused by Hurricane Sandy, on October 29, 2012 in Cape May, The New Jersey coastline is feeling the full force of Sandy′s heavy winds and record floodwaters. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP)
Ocean Avenue is flooded caused by Hurricane Sandy, on October 29, 2012 in Cape May, The New Jersey coastline is feeling the full force of Sandy's heavy winds and record floodwaters. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP)