Update from Holmdel Mayor
Trees have come down on houses in Holmdel.
Trees fell on houses, on Grandview, Schanck Road and East Brook last night, as Hurricane Sandy peaked. Fortunately no injuries have been reported.
Residents are out walking around their neighborhoods, and stacking up tree limbs. Uprooted trees are a common sight. The roads are littered with leaves and debris. But flooding is not a problem.
"This is devastation like we've never seen before," said Mayor Patrick Impreveduto. But he later added, in context of the severe flooding and damage in Bayshore waterfront communities, "Holmdel should feel fortunate."
Streets are closed off in various places in the township. The lights are out on Route 35, but that did not deter some people from taking left turns onto the highway from the Hazlet side.
Holmdel Fire companies have been assisting Union Beach, which reportedly is fighting severe flooding.
More than 90 percent of Holmdel is without power, and statewide, 2.6 million are without power.
School has been cancelled in Holmdel for Wednesday.
There are six township workers on hand at Town Hall, where the building is operating on generator. Phones are not ringing, and the website is down.
The mayor said a full police and department of public works staff is on duty.
Non-potable water is available from a truck stationed at Cross Park