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HOBOKEN, N.J. -- Floodwater covered the train tracks and some areas in and around Hoboken Terminal on Monday morning. Flooding was also reported on roadways and bridges at the Jersey shore. Even higher tides are expected Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Water came up over the pier in Hoboken and through the back door of the waiting room at the train station. Some ferry entrances were closed and surrounded by sandbags. Sand also surrounded an elevator down to the PATH train.

Police on Neptune Township, N.J. reported flooding on East End Bridge and on some residential roadways, making them impassable.

The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood warning for the Jersey shore, beginning at 7 p.m. and ending at 11 p.m. Moderate flooding is expected along the shoreline, while minor flooding is expected further north in Hoboken.

High tide did not have widespread impact on commuters Monday, although some did post pictures on social media of Hoboken's train tracks underwater. The flooding had mostly receded by midday. Although, the rising waters and storm conditions could play a role in Tuesday's commute.

“I didn’t realize it was gonna snow,” said Arthur Fleming, a commuter waiting inside Hoboken’s train station.

New Jersey Transit said the flooding did not interrupt service. A spokesman for N.J. Transit said that flooding is fairly routine for Hoboken Terminal, if the tide is exceptionally high. Frequent flooding is a fact of life for many Hoboken residents, as well. Some can’t easily walk out their front door after it rains, because the water swells in the street.

“When we do have to go out, the elevator is shut down and we have to walk all the way up the to the 10th floor,” said Gadiel Candelaria, who lives on the city’s west side.

“From what I read a few weeks ago, they’re thinking about building a 12-feet wall,” he added.

Despite Hoboken’s chronic flooding, the Mayor’s proposal to build flood walls at either end of the city has gotten pushback from some residents who worry about aesthetics and property values.

“Even if it protects us from flooding. I think there should be other options rather than that big wall,” said Candelaria. "You’d just be looking at a big wall, looking out the window, right in front of your home."

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