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Barack Obama Declares Major Disaster After Sandy

Posted by on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 13:44
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President Obama today declared a major disaster in New York State and ordered federal aid be made available to individuals in the counties of Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Richmond, Suffolk and Queens.

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Every passing hour is bringing fresh reports of damage from the destructive superstorm Sandy over the Northeast. The storm has claimed 15 lives in the United States, 68 outside the U.S., and left untold number in flooded homes and without power from South Carolina to Maine.

Authorities in Bergen County, New Jersey, are evacuating residents after a breach in a dam or levee flooded at several communities. Police Chief of Staff Jeanne Baratta says there are up to 5 feet of water in the streets of Moonachie and Little Ferrie. The state Office of Emergency Management says rescues also are underway in Carlstadt.

A spokesman for Con Edison says Sandy has caused the worst damage in the utility’s history.

More than 50 homes are now burning in a six-alarm fire in the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens, New York, according to a fire department spokesman. Nearly 200 firefighters are on scene fighting the blaze. Fire officials confirm two minor injuries to civilians at the scene.

Service on New York’s subway system may not be restored Tuesday, MTA spokesman Aaron Donavan said. All of the under-river subway tunnels between Manhattan and Brooklyn took on seawater and so did a seventh tunnel between Manhattan and Queens. Earlier, the agency said it would take between 14 hours and four days to get the water out of the subway tunnels in New York City.

Two deaths have been reported in Maryland, bringing the U.S. total from Sandy to 15. The overall total is 83.

Authorities are conducting rescues from homes in three New Jersey towns after a dam break. The break occurred after midnight in the town of Moonachie in Bergen County, says New Jersey Office of Emergency Management Sgt. Adam Grossman.

Rescues are underway in Moonachie, Little Ferry, and Carlstadt. Bergen County Police Chief of Staff Jeanne Baratta says thousands of people may need to be rescued.

Sandy’s wrath is extending into Canada. More than 130,000 people are without power in Ontario and another 34,000 in Quebec, CNN affiliate CTV reports.

By early Tuesday, nearly 6.5 million customers were without power across 13 states and the District of Columbia, according to the latest CNN estimate.

Airlines around the world canceled flights to and from the northeast United States as a massive storm slammed into the coast of southern New Jersey late Monday

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is keeping an eye on the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in New Jersey where an alert has been issued. Water levels there exceeded the plant’s criteria for high water, according to the NRC. The plant is in a regularly scheduled outage. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is keeping an eye on the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in New Jersey where an alert has been issued. Water levels there exceeded the plant’s criteria for high water, according to the NRC. The plant is in a regularly scheduled outage.

Unusual climatic conditions have produced heavy snow falls in West Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. The Wall Street Journal reports that precipitation from Sandy collided with cold air from the west to produce the snow.

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