Hurricane Sandy Evacuees In Flooded New Jersey Towns Describe Fast-Rising Water
MOONACHIE, N.J. –- The first signs of trouble were the car alarms: Dozens of them, all going off at once, just after midnight at Hurricane Sandy’s peak.
Then it was the smell of gasoline.
Jeanette Capers peered out her window to see floodwaters engulfing cars parked on the streets, causing oil and gas to seep out. Neighbors were screaming, some trying frantically to move cars to higher ground in advance of the cascade of fast-rising water.
Derek Ciaschi ran shirtless into the waters and successfully moved his vehicle up the hill. But by that time, the water was chest-high, and the current was too strong for him to return home.
“Nobody saw it coming,” Ciaschi said.