Post-Sandy NJ Reeling, New York Transit in Gridlock

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Three days after superstorm Sandy pounded the mid-Atlantic and parts of the Northeast, the long clean-up process is only just beginning.

The number of people who lost their lives from the storm is now more than 70. And more than 4.6 million homes and businesses are still without power.

New Jersey Still Reeling
    
People living along the New Jersey shore are stunned by the devastation.

"We just really never expected it to be what it was," one Bay Head resident said.

Red Cross volunteer Catherine Barde said, "They're finding out that their resources are running low. Many in this community are still without power."

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On top of that, there's the threat of gas leaks that could send homes up in flames at any moment. Gas from one home poured from a high-pressure gas main which ruptured in the flood waters.

"Everywhere you hear the gas...smell the gas! I'm just scared to death," New Jersey resident Mary Ward said.

In other parts of New Jersey, drivers wait in long lines for gasoline. Sandy left fuel shortages in its path all across the state.

With many businesses still in the dark, gas stations up and running are in high demand. Customers reported mile-long lines and waits of an hour or more at some locations.

Then there are those waiting to be rescued.

National Guardsmen rolled into Hoboken, N.J., where 20,000 residents were stranded in flooded homes. One quarter of the city is still underwater, and supplies are running low.

CBN's Operation Blessing is working in New Jersey and in New York City, assisting with clean up, and delivering water, food and relief supplies.

"When the need is greater than my local congregation can meet, there is a Body of Christ that is united across the nation and across the globe," Walter Healy, pastor of the Church of Grace and Peace in Bayville, N.J.,  told CBN News.

"We're thankful for Operation Blessing. We're thankful for other organizations that come to assist in time of crisis such as we're facing right now," he said.

New York Gridlock

Meanwhile in New York, the power is still out in lower Manhattan.

"It's a little bit eerie. It's a little scary, but you just gotta make it work," one resident said.

Of the city's 23 subway lines, 14 are running on a limited basis. But traffic on the streets is clogged.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered an unprecedented three-passenger minimum for all cars entering Manhattan to ease the gridlock. But monitoring that may have created its own problems.

A check point on the West Side Highway at 125th Street caused a traffic mess.

And in Brooklyn, another idea designed to relieve congestion – share a shuttle into Manhattan – may have done just the opposite. Hundreds of people crowded in line, waiting for shuttles.

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