N.J. Braces For Even More Flooding, Thanks To Thursday Deluge

LITTLE FALLS, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Thousands of residents in flood-prone neighborhoods across New Jersey were bracing themselves for additional rain headed into the area.

Forecasters said the rain would become heavy at times on Thursday and especially on Thursday night.  AccuWeather said the precipitation could result in ponding  on city streets and highways.

Flood watches and warnings are in effect for many parts of the Garden State through Friday evening.

Residents said they were preparing themselves for the worst case scenario.

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Backyard flooding along the Passaic River in Little Falls, NJ (Photo/Marla Diamond/ WCBS 880)

“If the storm is going to be what they say, then it’s going to be pretty bad,” said Little Falls resident Joe Crocco.

The Passaic River, which crested at around 2 a.m., sent another warning shot Wednesday. It reached 8.98 feet, just slightly below nine feet, the major flood stage level.

A Paterson resident tells 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg that he fears the worst is yet to come

Long time Lincoln Park homeowner Gisele Bosits has seen it all, including the weather forecast of rain straight through Friday morning. She knows she’s in trouble, because the Pompton River was at least six feet above its normal level, and that’s before another round of rain.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones with flood victims in Little Falls

“We’re probably going to have four or five feet in the basement without a doubt,” she said.

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Sandbag filling station on West End Avenue in Little Falls (Photo/Al Jones)

Andy Monaco, also from Lincoln Park, had been rowing to and from his flooded home, but with more rain on the way, he and his wife have already decided it’s time to hang up their paddles and move.

“I can’t even explain it. I can’t explain it. It’s the worst. It’s definitely the worst,” Monaco said.

Laurie Giordano — faced with her fifth storm — said she has had enough.  She has already started gathering her personal belongings and planned to leave “when [the water] starts bubbling up through the floor.”

Another flood veteran, Little Falls resident Robert Graber, was slightly more hopeful.

“We did the whole thing just last year. Who knows? Hopefully we won’t be as bad as last year. We had almost three and a half feet down here,” he said.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond with residents in Little Falls

Piling sandbags in front of his basement windows and watching the Passaic River flow through his backyard, Jack Wilson prayed he wouldn’t be faced with a repeat from last year.

“You lose the furnace, you lose your hot water heater.  You lose the washer [and] dryer.  You lose everything, ” he told 1010 WINS’ Al Jones.

Wilson added that he would be more than willing to sell his home and take his chances elsewhere.

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N.J. Flooding (credit: CBS 2)

Dale Mierop, of Wayne, said he had only minutes to get all of his personal belongings away from the raging flood waters that got into his basement and moved up his apartment.

“It sounded like waterfalls coming in,” Mierop told CBS 2’s Christine Sloan, “it started getting louder and louder.”

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One Comment

  1. Samantha says:

    You all have some nerve calling these people idiots and morons for moving into a flood zone. Prior to the recent floods of the past 5-7 years (which, by the way, is because other town in Passaic County that are richer end up with more county money leaving no money left for poor, loser-inhabited Little Falls to have enough money to engineer a better pumping system) the river hadn’t flooded the way it recently has since 1999, and 1984 prior to that.

    People don’t just have money to up and move. These homes are not mansions, and people got stuck here. Instead of throwing stones, why not be supportive of these people who are trying to make the best of a terrible situation.

  2. Tiffany says:

    Little Falls, aside from the flooding is a beautiful town! It’s the ideal suburb; it has just the right balance of commercial areas and residential areas…Plus there are plenty of parts of Little Falls that are hardly effected by the flooding.

  3. Tom says:

    If only we had a blizzard instead 😦

  4. Steve M. says:

    “But we can do nothing about it,” said Rada Pezic…..I know what I’d be doing after the first flood….moving!

  5. steve says:

    Only a dumbass would stay or move into a flood zone. All you have to do is look at FEMA flood maps before you move there.

  6. Willie says:

    I don’t know why the people of Little Falls and Wayne are complaining? Both of these towns are flood zones- not just parts but the entire town. They knew that before buying a home there. Deal with it and boat to your driveway. Both of these towns are dumps and should be deemed uninhabitable

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