Craig Ruttle, Associated Press
MOONACHIE, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says the sudden middle-of-the-night flooding of two towns was the result of a tidal surge that sent water overflowing a natural berm.
The governor says the surge hit the Hackensack River.
He says hundreds of people have been rescued from the low-lying towns of Moonachie (moo-NAH'-kee) and Little Ferry.
Residents of a Moonachie mobile home park say water overflowed a nearby creek when the tidal surge occurred. In Little Ferry they say water gushed out of storm drains.
Local and county officials initially reported a levee had broken, but the governor says that was erroneous.
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