While President Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie toured by air, here are reports from the ground in New Jersey areas hit by Hurricane Sandy:
ATLANTIC CITY – Casinos report little damage. This community’s 12 waterfront casinos say they could reopen soon, but regulators must do inspections and access roads and power must be restored, the AP reports. The shutdown, the fourth since gambling was legalized here in 1978, is costing the casinos $5 million a day in lost revenue. Several blocks of the city’s boardwalk has been destroyed.
BLOOMINGDALE – Watch out for generator theft. A rash of generator thefts have been reported in this community, which is forecast to be without power at least through the weekend, reports NorthJersey.com.
LONG BEACH ISLAND — Debris, debris everywhere. Cars, boats and parts of ripped-up homes litter this barrier island, the Star-Ledger reported. The smell of natural gas was everywhere Wednesday and national guard personnel were checking house to house. Residents have not yet been allowed to return to this 18-mile island, the paper said.
HOBOKEN — Quarterbacking the flood. Tens of thousands of residents remain trapped by sewage-laden flood waters. Authorities are delivering meals to the homebound and seeking volunteers, reports The Jersey Journal. Among homes or apartment buildings flooded was that of Giants quarterback Eli Manning.
MOONACHIE — ‘It’s squishy everywhere.’ They’ll be no school here this week after the only school was completely flooded, the superintendent told the Record. Maybe trailers for the pupils or alternative schools, Jill Mortimer said.
PARAMUS. — Power up…at the mall. Residents are swarming the Garden State Plaza to power up their smartphones and computers, reports NJ.com. Nearby, motorists lined up for nearly a mile to fill up at one of the few gas stations open on Route 17.
SEA ISLE CITY — Tourists? Not yet. The coastal community is allowing back in homeowners residents and business owners but not tourists, a city announcement says, adding: “There is to be absolutely no sightseeing within Sea Isle City as police will be strictly enforcing the law with regards to this point.”
TUCKERTON — Busy firefighters. Since Monday, volunteer firefighters here have answered 65 emergency calls in a small community that makes 120 calls a year, reports The Daily. “It’s tiring,” Fire Chief Lee Eggert told the site.