Wind and Flooding Keeping Firefighters Busy
The Fire Department assists with rescues from flooded homes and secures the area where a roof blew off a downtown business.
The 800 block of Asbury Avenue is closed on Wednesday evening in the area where the roof blew off Yianni's Cafe earlier today.
Firefighters responded to the scene about 5 p.m. to discover the roof hanging from the side of the building, according to firefighter Ray Clark.
Debris flew across a small alley and broke a window in neighboring City Hall, Clark said.
Nobody was injured, and firefighters helped secure the area for public safety.
Clark said the department has been busy responding to calls for downed electrical wires and an electrical fire in a home.
He said the department's storm trucks have made several rescues of residents in homes in the area of Fourth Street and Simpson and Haven avenues. The residents were evacuated from flooded homes and transported to stay in homes on higher ground.
The deparment has extra staff working overnight as the flooding is expected to get worse as a 4:05 a.m. high tide approaches.