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Levee Breaks in N.J. Town, Hundreds Evacuated

October 30, 2012

By David Porter, The Associated Press

MOONACHIE, N.J. - Authorities have launched a rescue effort after a huge swell of water flooded a small northern New Jersey town early Tuesday.

Moonachie Police Sgt. Tom Schmidt says the rush of water left about 5 feet of water in the streets within 45 minutes.

The police and fire departments are flooded.

Officials are using boats to try to rescue about 800 people living in a trailer park and other stranded residents.

There are no reports of injuries or deaths.

Local authorities initially reported a levee had broken. But Gov. Chris Christie says a berm overflowed.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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