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Wed October 31, 2012

Hoboken, N.J., Still Under Water After Sandy

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 4:53 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Much of the floodwaters along the New Jersey shore have receded. But just across the Hudson River from Manhattan in Hoboken, the water is still a foot or more deep. Reporter Scott Gurian of New Jersey Public Radio waded through the streets to talk with some residents there.

SCOTT GURIAN, BYLINE: Hoboken is normally a happening place known for its bars, restaurants and night life. But it was a very different scene today as residents made their way through the floodwaters, carrying their pets and personal belongings to vehicles parked on dry land on the outskirts of the city.

At the Marion Towers senior housing complex, it was a scene of chaos, with only the building's superintendent to look after the 150 elderly tenants. Tony Skiara was one of a couple dozen residents milling about in the lobby, wondering what to do next.

TONY SKIARA: It's pretty bad. There's no elevators. We have no power. We have no heat, and there's a lot of elderly people in the building that really need help.

GURIAN: Sixty-two-year-old Anna Cintron and 87-year-old Katherine DeRose said many in the complex felt like they were being forgotten.

ANNA CINTRON: Where are my food? Everybody's hungry. I'm the one that's making them coffee and everything because they can't help themselves. Nobody has come here.

KATHERINE DEROSE: Nobody.

CINTRON: Nobody, not even the mayor has done anything for us.

DEROSE: The mayor didn't even check on us.

CINTRON: Nothing.

GURIAN: We reached someone at the company that owns the Marion Towers, but he refused to be recorded. He said the residents turned down the chance to evacuate before the storm because they were concerned about vandalism. He claims the fire department wasn't allowing anyone into the building. The National Guard finally arrived at the Hoboken senior complex and began evacuating residents early this afternoon. For NPR News, I'm Scott Gurian. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.