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good sunday to you. i'm richard lui at msnbc headquarters in new york which is finally beginning to move again after being buried by this weekend's winter blast. from georgia to new england, millions are now digging out from the historic snowfall and at least 23 depths are attributed in the storm. in new york a near record 28.6 inches of snow fell in central park. travel bans now lifted but mass transit still slow going. not expected to be back in full
force until at least later today. much of the same story to tell you about in washington, d.c. the mayor there announcing the city's schools and mass transit will be closed monday after receiving two feet of snow. as for airports, they're also a mess. we've got, what, almost 12,000 flights canceled across the east coast and the rest of the united states over the last three days. the mad dash is on to get people where they wanted to go originally, and snow is not the only problem. new jersey, a lot of that. coastal flooding across the jersey shore. up and down, two, three, even more feet. look who we have here with us as we start this hour. new york to new jersey to washington, d.c., we are fanned out covering the angles of this historic storm. in new jersey is where we start right now because in just hours, we will have yet another high tide. it was hit with more than 29 inches of snow, but it is flooding. we talk about this hour a serious concern, especially
along the shore where winds, high tides damaged power lines and caused outages for thousands of residents over the last 48 hours. rehema ellis has been there throughout that entire time in point pleasant, new jersey, with more on the concern about flooding in the coming hours this afternoon. rehema, thanks for being with us, and what's the extent of the damage so far? what have you seen in the high tide this morning, and what are they looking at in the coming hours as we hit another one? >> reporter: what they're looking at, richard, is the movement of a lot of utility trucks like this one that just moved behind me. i have left point pleasant, new jersey, and i have gone south. i'm now in barnegat. what you see is what's left from some of the flooding from the high tide and the storm damage that occurred yesterday. now let me tell you why it happens here. over to my right here, what you see is barnegat bay. when the storm was raging, water from here was rushing onto the
streets. the lucky part for people in this particular community is it didn't go into their homes but there was a lot of concern, so there was an evacuation of several homes here. the biggest thing that happened to them, while people tell me their homes did not flood, the power lines did go down. you see one of the utility crews just finishing up his work and they're bringing people back to power. tens of thousands, upwards of 94,000 people lost power during the course of this storm. in addition, they say there was some flooding in some areas that was absolutely massive. sandy hook residents say that their storm damage was worse than what they experienced during sandy. some parts of atlantic city also saw severe flooding. this community is lucky that it didn't happen. and the reason that they're able to get some of the lines, the power operating today, richard, is because i'm not standing in that massive windstorm, that snow and windstorm that i was in the middle of yesterday. the sun is out, the high tide is coming. this morning we saw the waves rushing back up on the beach,
and that's where there's going to be a lot of attention focused other the next few days to try to evaluate how much beach erosion occurred along the koetional areas. but the evaluation is under way. the digging out is under way. the pumping is under way. and the repairing of lines is also under way in this community. one thing that they are very pleased about is that there were no deaths reported in new jersey according to governor christie is what he said this morning. richard? >> rehema ellis, barnegat, jeanetta jones, one of the few towns that had an evacuation of its residents. have you seen people returning to their homes, and what are they saying? >> reporter: i talked with a couple residents who came back home. one said that now that the power is on, they're coming. one person said she had to leave because it just got too cold. it was unbearable last night. we've had temperatures even this morning with the windchill factor, it only felt like 5 or 7 degrees out here. and yesterday it was also very, very cold. and so if you didn't have an
additional kind of heat or power source, it was very tough to ride out this storm. now people are coming back into their homes. power is coming on, and they're going to crank up the heat again. >> rehema ellis, thank you so much in barnegat, new jersey, one of the towns evacuated and concerns of the high tide and flooding. now to the big apple with records were broken right and left on saturday. the second hypest snowfall for the city this century. they did set a record for a single day of snow. that was saturday. all of this prompting officials to issue a travel ban until 7:00 a.m. this morning. public transit remains hindered as they try to get moving. delays an route changes across the subway system are there. metro north is one of the train systems that is expected to have full service later this hour, but long island railroad service, another one of the railroad services in and out of manhattan in new york city, that remains suspended.
it's due to damage from the storm. we'll have to look at that and see the severity of it. the mta, which looks over all of these systems, says they hope to have it up and running in time for the monday morning rush hour. msnbc's adam riess joins me right now from times square. adam, we can't say that you have perfect super storms, but this was a perfectly timed superstorm if you could have one. friday night it comes in on saturday, it finishes -- they're cleaning up on sunday and monday folks hopefully will be able to get back to work. >> reporter: right. and today is sunday, gives everybody an opportunity to enjoy it once again. a lot of people coming here to times square as the city and the tristate region sort of starts to crank it back up, get back on its feet. the travel ban ended at 7:00 a.m., as you mentioned earlier. cars were quickly back on the street. trains and buses slowly
thereafter. the long island railroad though a major critical transportation infrastructure is still on -- trying to get back on its feet. there was some damage to the train and some of the rails, so they will take some time before they're fully operational. hopefully in time for tomorrow morning's rush hour. the airports, laguardia, runways opened at noon today. kennedy shortly thereafter. so slowly getting back on its feet this entire tristate region, 28.6 inches yesterday. a tenth of an inch away from that record. kennedy airport saw 30.5 inches, and yesterday evening, as you mentioned, richard, this was a ghost town. so i just want to talk to these two people, they didn't come far. they came here to times square from two blocks away. you guys enjoyed it. tell me a little bit about you walked over here to times square. what did you do? it was sort of historic. nobody on the streets in terms of cars, but what did you see? >> yeah. there was no one. it was just empty and just other people, really quiet.
the lights were still on, but it was kind of a fun time. she actually even made a snow angel right there in the middle of times square. >> thank god we had lights. what was it like for you? you were a new yorker, no cars on the street. you got to comes to times square, you know, they call this the cross section of the world, and there were no cars. what was it like for you? >> this is my favorite part of wintertime in new york is when there is a big snowstorm and you can just walk around the city and, yeah, there's absolutely no traffic, no vehicles running around and you can just walk around and, yeah, there's a quiet over the city. >> there were some emergency vehicles. >> emergency vehicles. >> reporter: thank god for that but you guys enjoyed it. continue. there's still some snow but it's going to take some time, richard, before we get all of this snow here in times square and around the city cleaned up. in fact, the mayor has offered new yorkers $13.50 an hour if you're willing to come out, pick up a shovel, and help out.
richard? >> thank you so much, adam riess, in new york city. we go from the concern of whetr they will be able to get back to commerce to the concern of whether they will be able to get back to work in the government. washington, d.c., they had a record snowfall of nearly two feet. the city is struggling to recover. metro and bus services are suspended. d.c. public schools closed tomorrow and officials have urged people to continue to stay off the roads. as i was mentioning, the u.s. house of representatives canceling all votes this week. somebody who will still be working though is nbc news correspondent luke russert even though the building over your left shoulder there, luke, half of it at least for now will not be working. >> reporter: yeah. the senate actually just announced before i came on, richard, they're going to delay their vote today so the senators don't have to get back until wednesday at 5:30 p.m. originally scheduled for tuesday. so a little bit of a relaxed workweek in congress.
the how many timeuse of represes you mentioned, they were only in session in january for seven days. that's nice work if you can get it. what's happening here in d.c., well, we very much are still shall we say been bombarded with snow and still very much trapped in. a few of the main thoroughfares of opening up. you have seen the plows doing their work there, but a lot of side streets, especially the residential areas, especially where a lot of businesses are located still have not been plowed to the point of where commerce can be engaged in, people can return in and out of easily and efficiently. i think it's saech to say tomorrow, you mentioned those cancellations, d.c. probably will not be open for business 100%. it will take another day or so just because we got hit with so much snow, really going back to the 1920s, a historic blizzard, richard. >> you said a single day record though of snow in washington, d.c., although not for the storm itself. luke russert, thank you. doing double duty on that report.
now let's move to the flights that have been canceled over the last three days. some 12,000 according to flight aware. when you look at the numbers, more than 11,000 flights specifically have been delayed. 11,690 or whatever it might be, but it's a big, big number. kristin dahlgren is at new york's laguardia airport. you have been speaking with some of the passengers. we spoke this morning. it was great to see over at least on the screen here on the left side there were folks finally back there working which meant they're trying to get people to where they need to go, and i understand that flights are now moving there. is that right? >> reporter: they are. what you can't see in the airport here is just this huge, huge effort to get the snow cleared off the runways, and they were able to open the run waips up today. unfortunately though, a lot of the airlines who had sent their planes away weren't able to get them back and get operations back up and running. we had a few flights going out, really limited service from lard why today. jetblue had maybe six or seven over the course of this entire
afternoon that are going to be going out and then just delta had some flights as well. but if you look at american here, it's again empty. some people showed up trying to get on flights, but they were told american not flying today. so kind of a mixed bag here at laaguardia. probably more unhappy people than not. you see our crowd at the food court has grown, more and more people now stuck here and waiting for flights. they're being told they can go out monday, maybe tuesday. i see a couple that was trying to get to a wedding in chicago. i also spoke to someone earlier, a sad story. he was trying to get to his brother's funeral down in florida. take a listen. >> friday we were supposed to fly out, and the flight -- the very first flight that was canceled we were supposed to be on that, me and my wife, and it's just -- it's been hell trying to rebook and rebook and rebook, six times so far through
jetblue. >> reporter: he actually was on one of the jetblue flights and was able to get out. he said if it left on time, he would be able to get there for the last hour of the funeral. so really just a sad story. you know, everybody here has something important to get back to. one woman told me she's afraid she's going to lose her job because she won't be there at work tomorrow. so the airlines are trying, the airport is trying, but still a lot of stranded passengers, and it's going to take days before many of them get on flights to where they need to be, richard. >> and the airlines trying so hard, they plan so well. all the logistics that move so many different ways. kristin dahlgren at laguardia on the delays affecting tens of thousands of people. as we look forward, we want to understand, okay, when will this all melt away? is there a concern of black ice. bonnie schneider, nbc meteorologist. yesterday, remember the carolinas. overnight black ice. >> that's right. >> they were warning people in that area. what did you see happen? >> well, you know, it's still
going to be a problem because there's so much snow on the ground and the accumulation. it's still cold out there. this is what's left of the blizzard of 2016 at least on the satellite perspective. so that's some good news. but this storm is just so tremendous that i wanted to show you some of the superlatives of the storm. when we look at the amount of snow we've seen, a winter season's worth of snow for a bunch of big cities like washington, philadelphia, new york, and baltimore. imagine that you get the entire season in one day. that's what we saw and the snowdrifts were so high, blowing and drifting snow up to eight feet in parts of northern virginia. near hurricane-force winds in nantucket. that's where we actually met blizzard criteria in nantucket for the intense wind there and snow fell as far south as gainesville, florida, jacksonville reported some flurries and even dusted the carolinas' coastline. this is a monumental storm that we'll be talking about quite a bit in the days to come. looking at the highest snowfall totals, even more so than the bigger cities, we have
shepherdstown, west virginia, 40 inches of snow. i don't know how you begin to shovel out when the snow is that high. baltimore, this was the biggest one ever for you, ever, going back to records that go back many, many years. 29.2 inches. so we'll be talking a lot about that in the days to come as we study it, but here is an idea from twitter, from jenny in lambe lambertville, new jersey. when you have this much snow, even though it's sunny, it's also quite cold. temperatures have been a little bit close to freezing right now. it's in new york we'll stay here pretty much, and in philadelphia as well. but notice the windchill factor is going to make it feel colder. if you're out in the snow shoveling, playing, keep in mind it's colder than it looks out there and the forecast does call for some milder weather, richard, but not much. i'd say it's going to take a while to get rid of all this snow. >> i was looking at some of the numbers. although we didn't break the storm total in new york and not that this is what we should be focusing on, but the single-day numbers, what we had in new york
according to the ap, 26.6 inches in new york city, single-day record. is that right? >> it's so interesting, you said we didn't break the all time. if we had gone just a little bit more, we would have, it was very, very close. single-day all-time record. over 27 inches of snow at jfk. so this was an incredible report. >> it was adam riess, our reporter in central park, jumping up and down. he packed it down that tenth of an inch, i think. that's what happened. thank you so much, bonnie schneider. we'll be talking to you throughout the rest of our coverage today. our coverage does continue after the break. the city buried as i was just mentioning in 26.6 inches of snow in one day. that's new york city. officials are working to clear it away. they've got to get the most populous city in the country back to work. people let you know where it stands. this is joanne.
former israeli prime minister and president shimon peres has been hospitalized after suffering chest pains. a spokesman tells nbc news peres felt the pains after an ecg was carried out by his paramedic. the israeli elder statesman suffered a minor heart attack on january 14th. he's been diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat and will spend the night in the hospital for observation. we'll continue to watch the developments on shimon peres hospitalized with chest pains. now back to the big dig out in the east coast. this is the view from above the city of brotherly love. philadelphia experiencing its fourth worst snowstorm on record. more than 22 inches on the ground there right now. it's hampered transportation including philadelphia's regional rail which remains suspended at the moment. there's this, proving just how dangerous the amount of snow can be. roofs in philadelphia unable to hold it all. thankfully no injuries reported
in that incident, and this picture here of the roof collapsing underneath all of that weight. in new york city work right now is to dig out the record snowfall as it is in philadelphia. a whopping 26.8 inches in central park for the storm. that's number two in history in terms of all-time storm snowfall. the city lifting a travel ban this morning at 7:00 a.m., but mass transit continues to suffer and try to get back on track. to get more on that, frank mccar t mccarten. we talked last night, could have been a lot worse i'm thinking you're saying. >> listen, any type of snow that comes in cripples the city like this, but we have a great sanitation department that have been working the last 18 to 24 hours to clear the streets, and the citizens -- >> 4,800, right? >> yeah, 4,800, and now we're
moving quill around based on conditions of roadways. so they are working their hardest to do that. >> let's talk about the trains which is so crucial as we talk about the most populated city in the country, new york city, and, of course, the heart of our economy many would argue. how are we going to get folks in and out tomorrow on a monday morning. there's word there might be some damage to one of the key subway systems that comes into the city here. >> right. so the subways in new york city are up and running now. they're slowly coming back up online and we have a whole day to do that and the mta has been working very hard to get that done. where we're having some issues is on the long island railroad and they're working very closely in our command center to give us an update on that. what the citizens need to know is what you see on the ground is what you have in the train yard. so it's going to take a very labor intensive way of clearing that snow and getting that equipment back up online. >> the snow on top of electrical rails. not a good mix. >> no, it's not. and they did the right thing when they shut it down.
they stored the trains and now we'll see how quick they can get it back up and running. >> if you leave in the northeast, you believe they're impervious and for the most part they work in some amazing "consumer reports conditions. we were reporting about the issue of snow on roofs whether they be commercial buildings or on residences. a cubic foot just for our viewers could weigh 15, 20 pounds when it's not wet. so it could add up to a lot of weight. >> that's correct. we have 26.8 inches on some of these roofs. the fire department and the police department are very trained when it comes to collapse rescue. we don't believe right now that's a concern of ours as we go through. we have no more melting that will occur. so as we go through the next couple days, we'll see what goes on. >> what's the best thing to do if you have a question about the snow on your ceiling, on your roof? >> i would call 311, which is a local number here, a nonemergent number. if there's another issue in which people have seened roofs cracking or something happening, she should call 911.
we had an issue in the bronx way early this morning about a piece of a scaffolding that came down about some weight. >> and that can be, of course, translated to all of the cities and the counties that were affected. >> absolutely. >> go to like virginia state police are putting out suggestions right now if you've got snow on your roof, this is what you should do. this is how you handle it. are you comfortable -- because as we look at the examples you have brought up, are you comfortable and/or confident that tomorrow will be a good day as we get back to business? >> i am very confident because i know that we have the great workers of the department of sanitation working 24/7 to get the citizens and the tourists back to normal. now, what i stress is it's not going to be normal. we have a lot of snow out there that people are going to be trekking through as you come into the city or in and around the city. it's going to be a little bit of a difficult commute. >> the story line, and again we don't necessarily want damage, but it came in on a friday night, right, frank. it then happened overnight. we have a sunny sunday.
you're able to do -- so if you could have perfect timing for a big storm, a historic storm, this might be it. >> it was. because we can do a lot of work on a sunday and a saturday compared to a monday or tuesday, yes. >> that means over time for you but we appreciate what you do, at least in this area and all of those who work in the offices of emergency management in the 11 states that had a state of emergency. thank you so much, frank. after the break we turn to politics. donald trump sweeping through iowa with little time left before the state's caucuses. and two big endorsements this weekend to talk about for candidates on both sides of the aisle. i was super irresponsible with credit cards. shopping, going out all the time... i knew it was time for experian. they gave me tools to see what helps and hurts my fico score. so i could finally get serious about managing my credit. now lenders see me for who i really am. someone who would never rack up a lot of debt. and... someone who would never follow a band on tour. get serious about your credit. get experian.
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well, michael has been a friend of mine over the years. i don't know if we're friends anymore, frankly, but michael has been a friend of mine. i would love to have michael bloomberg run. i would love that competition. i think i would do very well against it. >> that was donald trump reacting to a possible independent bid from former new york city mayor michael bloomberg on this morning's "meet the press." donald trump is campaigning hard in iowa just eight days out from the iowa caucus. trump is struggling to keep his lead in the polls with texas
senator ted cruz hot on his heels, just five percentage points behind according to the real clear politics polling average. live on the ground in iowa is kerry sanders. kerry, what is trump saying today? what will he be doing? >> reporter: well, he just finished up a rally here at the high school in muscatine. about 3,000 people showed up, very boisterous crowd. a lot of excitement as often happens around donald trump rallies. one thing donald trump told the folks who had gathered here is that for all of this to work, for this excitement to translate for what he calls a movement, those who are here in eight days need to do the next step, and that is to go and actually caucus. as a matter of fact, he handed out some of these to those who attended here explaining to them that they need to participate and get involved. also told them that there is a website that they have set up to help people find out where they go to actually caucus. it's not like in most states where you go where you
necessarily vote. often it's in people's homes. it's in gymnasiums like here at this high school. so people need to know where to go. one of the interesting things is of those who have been engaged by donald trump and come to rallies like they have here, many of them tell me, most of those i have spoken to, have told me they have actually never been to a caucus. the last time they remember talking about it was in a social studies class back in school, so it seems a little scary. donald trump told them today as he's told in the last couple days that for all of this to work, those voters need to go to the next step. they need to go out and participate in the caucus. he sort of joked with them saying if you lost your job, if your wife or your husband just left you, i still expect you to go to the caucus. and so everybody got a little chuckle out of that, but clearly up on the agenda now, eight days from now is if he's going to be as he calls himself a winner, if he's going to be a continued winner, he has to motivate
people to do that next step for him, and that's a big question. we'll see whether it actually results. it won't take too long on caucus night to probably get the answers because of the way this is all put together with some electronics, but bottom line is if those people who are here don't show up, richard, at the caucus, then it's been really interesting large rallies but not necessarily translating into support at the caucus. >> hard to believe we're so close now to that caucus actually starting. kerry sanders thank you so much. appreciate that in iowa. joining us now in new york is susan del percio and from london democratic strategist and managing director at mercury morris reed joins me now. thank you both. susan, let's start with michael bloomberg. that news, that report, coming out on saturday amongst the storm in the city where he is a resident at. is this possible? could he win? >> i don't think it's possible that he will run nor -- and if
he did that he would win. because the magic number is 270 and there's no way on a map he is going to be able to get 270 electoral votes as an independent candidate. it's just not mathematically possible when you start breaking down the states. that being said, i think very highly of mike bloomberg. as a new yorker i think he was a great mayor for 12 years and i wish more candidates would bring his approach to problem solving and fiscal responsibility into the conversation, and perhaps that's what he's really trying to do is dictate what the conversation should be. and there he could be very successful. >> the conversation that stands, he clearly has been doing that so far with his pac money, pushing it out. morris, to you on this. as you know, from the reporting the condition under which he would consider seriously running on the right if it were trump or cruz, okay, that box is checked. if it's bernie sanders on the left, if that box is checked, that is when if the polls say yes, he moves forward.
in that condition, under those conditions, do you think it's plausible that it is a relevant and meaningful potential run? >> well, i think it could be plausible. i think cruz or donald trump could conceivably be one of the winners as trump likes to say on the republican side. the bernie sanders thing, i'm not for sure of, but it's been an interesting race. i think the discord we're having with the addition possibly of mike bloomberg is healthy for american politics. people are upset by donald trump getting in the race but i think it's been good because we have 40 million people paying attention to politics in a way we haven't had in a past. i don't like some of the messaging that's coming out but it's attracting the attention of the american public and that's a goods thing for democracy. >> an independent run would be interesting here, susan, if we look at just the history of those who have run as an independent. we can go back to ross perot. did he that in mid-february and according to what we're hearing,
bloomberg will consider in march. maybe a little bit later but we have to go back and chris matthews was mentioning this yesterday, teddy radios veloose was much loved at that time, he ran as an independent and couldn't get through. the likelihood feeds your argument that this will probably not happen. >> and technology i would argue has changed just a tad, so it's easier for candidates to reach out like a mike bloomberg could do blanket advertising. he could be out and people can know him in 50 states in a month. that's not the hard part. >> your electoral math says it doesn't happen though. >> right. how does he win? how does he win states outright? that's the problem. how do you split california where he would probably do very, very well. >> he would. >> he would. but then i think there's a guaranteed base vote for republicans of at least 25%, 30% and the same thing on the
democratic side, actually higher, probably 40%. there you go. if you're at 40% and 30%, mike bloomberg gets 30%, but he doesn't win the state. >> california obviously significant, 55 electoral votes but it's a unicorn in a way in the way it works. let's move on to something else, morris, that came in over the weekend. the endorsement. as we look at the eight days in front of us and we go to iowa, "the des moines register," they're looking at who they like, and they came out very specifically saying we like marco rubio and we also like hillary clinton. either of those endorsements surprise you? >> not really. you know, the newspapers generally endorse the establishment candidate, so it is not surprising that they pick rubio and clinton. let me say one thing about mike bloomberg and what chris matthews said. we're in a very different time in america shall and what donald trump and what bernie sanders have been able to tap into is there are a lot of people that are displeased about the
direction of the country. it will be very important for whoever to get the nomination to really be able to address there is a real sense of anxiety and a mike bloomberg who would be willing to spend $1 billion, we don't know what can happen when we get into the general election. i wouldn't rule this completely out. we all know i'm for hillary clinton and i think she would be fantastic, but we're in a different time. so i wouldn't rule things out completely. >> just to be clear here, he's got more than a billion and you know that and he's got the liquidity of a great business. he can throw down $2 billion, $3 billion something in a second, something trump cannot do. >> he will happily spend $1 billion to do it and this is the one thing about mike bloomberg we haven't seen about donald trump. bloomberg is willing to put his money where his mouth is. he did it in new york. we will see if trump is willing to write the checks. mike bloomberg has proven the point. >> happy to spend $1 billion. i don't know if i've heard that before. what do you think about those
endorsements from "the des moines register"? >> i think morris is exactly right. they tend to go with more establishment candidates, plus there is something more steady -- i couldn't imagine the folks in iowa really being behind donald trump in that lane when it comes to the newspaper. >> they have done -- they have accurately picked the nominee on the republican side since 1996. >> this may help marco get to a strong third place finish and that may help him in new hampshire. we'll see. >> i want to talk to -- >> if trump doesn't win iowa, it may be over for trump, guys. >> i agree. >> i think cruz will take new hampshire and then it will be interesting to see what happens in the south. it's very important for donald trump to win iowa. >> spirited conversation. morris, thank you so much. susan, thank you so much on this sunday and, of course, we'll have more later in today's coverage. we'll get back to the snow after we take a short break. these pictures from west wildwood, new jersey. that's the concern. we're looking at waters, floodwaters, of anywhere from 1 to 3 feet or potentially even
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if you're just joining us, this is what we know on the blizzard aftermath this hour. an unfortunate new piece of news this moment, fatalities now up to 27 related to the blizzard of 2016. that's ten more than we reported yesterday. it includes a mother and son who died in new jersey overcome by fumes in their car. a young girl in the vehicle was also hospitalized. we also just learned baltimore county making the decision to close schools and offices tomorrow. the d.c. metro system is hoping to have limited service restored by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow morning including metro rail and metro bus systems, but officials stress that they will not be running a full schedule. that is what we are watching at
the bottom of the hour at now 41 after 3:00. most of new jersey is working to get back to normal today after governor chris christie announced this morning roads are being cleared and new jersey transit is running again, but coastal wildwood and sea isle city have both suffered from record-breaking floods since the storm hit. jacob is in west wildwood with the latest. when we this morning, water was covering a good portion of your boot and you were telling me that was just the most shallow area at least in that particular block. >> reporter: and the water is receding here but it's deceiving because beyond where i am almost another mile, the homes keep going and the water gets deeper. we went over to the end where the sea wall was broken and the bay just emptied into this neighborhood and this town which looks more like a lake and so even though the water is receding and it may not look like that much here, the water
is still waist deep way back in the other home areas. so you have 800 homes total in this town. you probably have 100 or so that have been damaged or flooded, meaning the water is actually inside the first floor or the garage area. and it was a nightmare yesterday when the high tide was actually coming in when you had dozens of people that had to be rescued, rushing out. now you have those people trying to come back but many of them are still not able to go to their homes. you need a big truck or a humvee or some other type of large vehicle in order to get there. the mayor of this town says this is worse than when sandy hit. this is in the southern area of the jersey shore that didn't get hit as hard as the northern part of the jersey shore during sandy, but this is much worse. they say they've never seen anything like it and it's going to be days until they really start to talk about cleanup when the water is all the way gone.
>> jacob, as we look at what's behind you, we can see the water clearly affecting the foundations. we see some trucks also behind you. who are in these trucks and for these homeowners, what are they saying in terms of the amount of water that's in their homes and how it's affecting their foundations? >> reporter: so we've talked to a couple of homeowners. probably half of the 800 homes belong to year-round owners. the other half are to tourists. for example, we had one gentleman just a block from here. he took us inside of his garage and showed us that the water mark was four feet high, and his refrigerator, his workstation, some clothes and other equipment were all going to be trash. important to note that a lot of people after superstorm sandy actually did some remodeling to their homes, built their homes up higher and a lot of them were spared. others put different insulation,
din ki dirchd ki different kind of molding to prevent what happened. some of them called it the superstorm sandy line. >> right. >> reporter: because it was supposed to be the storm of the century. this got even higher. so the stuff, the equipment they put up on the sandy line was also damaged. >> as part of that when i was out reporting on sandy, the concern was about the water and what might be in the water because as the water sits, you have petrochemicals, you have other concerns about what -- the water that is there, does it look okay? i know it's a visual determination. the water itself, it is just seawater for the most part? >> reporter: it is seawater, yes, which is very bad for your vehicle, for example, and that's all i have heard really is that it is seawater and you're going to have a truck coming in front of the camera right now. >> that's all right. we know how that happens when you are reporting in the middle of a street and trying to show,
again, all of us the conditions. jacob, i appreciate it so much. thank you so much. >> reporter: thanks, richard. >> in west wildwood, new jersey, the concern there, an example of the flooding we will be watching over the coming hours and tomorrow as they try to dig out. the washington, d.c., area was also hit hard by the storm. snowfall totals, reagan national airport, they got 17.8 inches. this is the fourth worst snowstorm in the capital's history. the white house, they've got 22 inches. though bo and sunny obama are not about to complain about that. that's a great thing about pets, animals, they just love that stuff. areas northwest of the city got the worst of it, unfortunately, in the d.c. metro area. some reports of three feet wor more. joining us is mike seidel from the weather channel. and, mike, so, you know, early on in your reporting we were really focusing there on the
mid-atlantic, and at the end of the day it still was a good chunk of snow. >> reporter: yeah. record-setting snowfalls. biggest storm on record at dulles airport. 29.3 inches. bwi had 29.2. you mentioned the 17.8 here at reagan national. that is going to be looked at because it snowed more than that. they reported at one point 18 on the ground plus settling and it snowed after they reported 18 on the ground. the weather service is going to go back and take a look at that number. meanwhile, behind me is union station. the northeast express and the amtrak on a limited service today, modified service. they'll get word out soon on the website about foam and no service south towards richmond and down to the southeast. in the d.c. area, metro bus service tomorrow extremely limited. metro rail is going to come up, but a lot of stations won't be open. for instance, if you're taking -- going to union station and taking the redline to bethesda, you're underground but then you try to get to silver
spring, you're above ground, so you have to check ahead. let me take a walk across the street on louisiana avenue. this street is in good shape, but you get back into the neighborhoods not far from here and that's where you have to deal with roads that have not been plowed yet. cars that have been abandoned. there's the capitol, but it's slushing up nicely. temperature 34 at reagan. once the sun goes down with clear skies, light winds, and all the snow cover, that's the perfect prescription for a cold night. here in the district somewhere between 10 and 15 degrees and as far as schools go, some of them have already canceled. montgomery county has already canceled monday and tuesday. so a lot of folks today and the big thing today, richard, for the first time in years you can legally sled on the capitol grounds. i went over there on the house side. had a ball and there's hundreds over there. you can go over there and there's no law anymore about tearing up the turf. that's where a lot of folks have been going and coming by and telling us how much fun it is in
washington. >> i understand they're doing a mike seidel law because of how you behaved yesterday. thank you. appreciate it. talking about washington, d.c., we've just heard according to our own luke russert that there are issues and concerns about getting elected official there is, and so the senate was pushing off some votes. the house has postponed some of its votes. joining me is d.c. homeland security director christopher g geldart. i was mentioning congress del delaying some of their work. the mayor in d.c. also talking about schools, don't come to school on this monday. you have the transportation issue. what are you watching right now that is of most concern? >> you know, we're really into our response phase, our cleanup phase. we're pushing snow. like you said, most of our major arterials are down to pavement and wet, which is good.
but our side streets and back streets, we still have considerable snow on them, so our crews are hard at it. they've been hard at it since about midnight last night making good progress but we have a lot more to go. >> certainly. especially having a single day record of snowgo. >> certainly, especially having a single-day record of snow in the washington, d.c., area and tell me about the commute. i was just describing some of the concerns about some of the transportation systems there. >> yeah. we're watching closely and working closely with metro. our system here, to see where they get to and, you know, we're hoping and we're very hopeful that they can get their service up and running and at least their training service up and running for us. bus service may take a little bit longer to get full service there and i imagine that will be a couple of days before we get on the side streets and all of that, but you know, get them up
as soon as possible and the mayor said we closed down schools tomorrow and that should help us with the people to stay off the streets today as much as possible. >> sure. >> to get the cleanup well under way. >> we're talking about two feet of snow on top of the commercial and residential roofs and as i was mentioning earlier, from oem here in new york city. that stuff is heavy and could be 15 to 20 pounds per cubic foot. what are you seeing there? what's the suggestion? >> that's been a serious concern for us. luckily, we haven't had any structural collapses, and we brought in the crews necessary and our medical services and are ready to respond to that, but we've been really lucky so far. >> thank you so much, christopher geldart. thank you for speaking with us. >> it's not stopping the presidential candidates and with the iowa caucuses in days
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so it is hard to believe that we are just so close and just about eight days away from the iowa caucus and the official endorsements from each party and so essential for some candidates and the democratic side, hillary clinton because of the, quote, depth and breadth of her knowledge and experience and for the gop ticket why did they endorse marco rubio during an era of possible rebranding and change the republican party, rubio has, quote, the potential to chart a new direction for the
party and perhaps the nation with his message of restoring the american dream, end quote. rubio is currently polling at 11%, though, in iowa according to a new fox news poll and not in the top two and hillary clinton, neck and neck with bernie sanders in the hawk eye state. when asked about whether she's worried about losing iowa like she did in 2008 clinton had more to say on "meet the press" this morning. >> no, there isn't. i just have to tell you. i can only react to what i'm doi doing, feeling, getting responses from people and i feel great that we have the level of enthusiasm that we do and we have a good team on the ground and they've been working for months to make sure they were here today and gone tomorrow and they were really reached out to, and yes, we believe they'll come caucus. >> and of note, "the des moines
regist register" has selected the republican nominee since 1996 and as you mentioned not on the democratic side though. turning now to other news around the country. chicago mayor rahm emanuel announcing former philadelphia police commissioner charles ramsey will join the chicago police department as a senior adviser, ramsey who is the co-chair of president obama's task force will guide the chicago police department in making key civil rights reforms following the outcry over police shooting deaths of civilians recently. resident of southern alaska, boy, they awoke with a big shake this morning. a 7.1 magnitude earthquake sent items flying off of supermarket shelves. more than 100 away, thousands of people are without power and about 30 homes were evacuated due to gas leaks, but luckily police are reporting no serious injury so far and despite the 7.1 magnitude, no reports of tsunamis or warnings. at the top of the hour, it's back to the snow.
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