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New Jersey Flooding Keeps 10,000 Residents From Their Homes

New Jersey’s northern suburbs remained in Hurricane Irene’s grip, with swollen rivers keeping more than 10,000 people from their homes and utility crews working to restore power to 190,000 customers.

President Barack Obama today approved Governor Chris Christie’s request for a federal disaster declaration for five counties in the most densely populated U.S. state. Janet Napolitano, U.S. secretary of Homeland Security, today was scheduled to tour the hardest-hit areas, within 50 miles (80 kilometers) of New York City. Obama will visit Paterson on Sept. 4, the White House announced today.