TOMS RIVER - On a regular day, Toms River dispatch says it takes in 250 calls for service.
But in the first 24 hours as Sandy made landfall, that number shot to 1,300 calls for help from frantic residents.
Toms River police shared the 911 tapes with News 12 New Jersey. In them, frightened residents are heard begging for help as floodwaters rose in their homes.
Toms River police had to rely on boats and Jet Skis to rescue people from houses along the Bay as the waters rose.
In all, police say they ended up rescuing close to 400 residents, many from areas that were not under mandatory evacuations.