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Storm Sandy transport woes: Your stories

President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney are to resume an election campaign suspended in the aftermath of storm Sandy, which wreaked havoc in the north-eastern US.

Mr Obama visited New Jersey on Wednesday, while Romney has been holding rallies. New York's first subway trains set off since the network closed for the storm.

Meanwhile, some 20,000 people remain trapped in their homes in New Jersey by sewage-contaminated floodwater. You share your stories of how you are trying to get out and about and back to normal after storm Sandy.

Fiona Humphries, in New York

Image caption Roads in New York have been busier than usual because storm Sandy affected the City's subway

We're here until Saturday, although we've been lucky as we were always due to go back then. My husband is on a work trip - but only got into the office yesterday - and I had planned a nice relaxing trip.

Our friends went back yesterday on one of the first flights out of JFK. Just getting to the airport was a nightmare for them because of the gridlock and taxis not wanting to go out to the airport.

We're staying in an apartment on 1st Avenue, ten blocks up from the evacuation zone, so it's a weird place to be.

Where we are there's power and the traffic lights are working but from 39th Street down there is no power so no lights.

I walked down there and where the lights are out drivers seem pretty friendly and relaxed, and the traffic is moving. But where the lights are working the traffic is gridlocked and everyone is angry and sounding their horns.

We're fine for things like food, especially compared with places like Hoboken. It seems like the public authorities have really pulled the stops out and learned lessons from previous events.

Ross Cocheo, Morristown, New Jersey

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Media captionRoss Cocheo describes scenes of "complete devastation" after storm Sandy

I finally got to drive last night after the storm hit but the commute of 20 minutes took an hour because of all the roads I had to avoid. There are trees absolutely everywhere - and I'm talking about 1,000-year-old oak trees.

Crews are starting to clear things up, and I also saw people trying to clear up their streets themselves rather than wait for the service crews.

The hospital I work for has gone down to skeleton crew. It's running on a generator and some patients have been transferred to other hospitals. We've only been keeping in critical-care patients.

I've just been in the canteen and I've never seen it so busy. People are eating in the canteen because they can't cook food at home.

Things are starting to get back to normal. But most of the town I live in is without power. Luckily my house is one of the few to have power because I'm just on the outskirts and on a different grid system.

My friend is coming to stay with us tonight with his pregnant wife as they don't have power and therefore no heating. And it's getting cold. People are starting to come together in small groups to help each other.

Neil Houston, Little Silver, New Jersey

Image caption There are queues for petrol in New Jersey

Today we are going to help my mother-in-law who has lost her entire household possessions.

In Monmouth County, where we live, we have been told that we could remain without power for another week to 10 days.

We are OK for food but it is hard to get around as there is a petrol shortage in the local gas stations.

We have heard about fractious situations at petrol stations, with people queueing for over two hours. Curfews remain in place at night.

The utility companies, whilst drafting in help from as far as Texas, are making painstaking and slow progress in restoring power.

Ninety percent of Monmouth County is still without power. Our neighbour has run out of food and moved to a hotel in the north of the state. We have moved in with a family member, who mercifully has power.

At last, the public is starting to now question why we still have overhead power lines. I have been stunned that people here, in public office or the general public, are questioning whether our power grid is fit for purpose, given the fact that we will have to wait so long for it to be turned back on.

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