New Jersey town overrun by water swell; rescues under way

Published: Monday, Oct. 5 2015 9:07 p.m. MDT

MOONACHIE, N.J. — 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.

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