TODAY | October 31, 2012
>> savannah mentioned, natalie is touring some of the hard hit areas by air, and i believe she's flying over hoboken , new jersey, which also happens to be where she lives. natalie , good morning.
>> good morning to you, matt. well, of course, i have heard all of the heartbreaking stories from friends, and now i'm getting to see it firsthand from overhead. as you look down, this is the south and west end of town, but much of what you're seeing with cars and people walking in, you know, pretty much about a foot of water, some places it's even two to three feet deep as we've been able to see from up above, but this is a view that is pretty much seen throughout half of this city. it's a very densely populated city. about 50,000 people live here, but about 20,000 or 25,000 people have been stranded according to hoboken 's mayor and did not evac a.they are stuck in their homes. the mayor did call in the national guard , and we are getting our first view that the national guard has arrived. we saw a truck move into town. hopefully being able to get some troops there who may be able to help with the rescue and help some of the residents that are still stuck in their homes. but you see just to give you a perspective of this city, it is, as i mentioned, a very small city , about one mile square, to be exact, but it is so densely populated . when you think about half of those people or so are stuck in their homes not able to go anywhere, it's a pretty scary situation there. now, of course, most people also don't have power. there are some who do, and for the lucky few, i know from neighbors and friends, that they are taking in anybody that they can to help out and a lot of people volunteering as well, but the good news is for the first time we're seeing the national guard arrive here and hopefully getting some much-needed assistance to this city of hoboken . matt?
>> natalie , should also mention that people without power, often that means they are without heat as well, and the weather has taken a turn to the cold side. it's brisk. it's going to be brisk over the weekend, and that's going to make life even more miserable for the people trying to bundle up without heat.