New Jersey Residents Lend Helping Hand To Flood Victim

WAYNE, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The waters have receded but it will be a while before some northern New Jersey communities return to normal after flooding.

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Many roads in flood-struck areas were expected to remain closed until sometime Monday or even Tuesday. Stretches of Routes 23 and 46 in Essex and Passaic Counties were not expected to open until sometime Monday.

For four nights Lois Perry and her Shitzhu, Susie, have slept in their Buick after being forced out of their Little Falls home on Friday.

“It’s not just a house, a piece of wood, it’s a part of me, this whole town is a part of me,” Perry said.

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The town has set up a shelter for flood victims but Perry had told reporters that she didn’t want to go because she wanted to be with her dog and near her home.

“I know there’s lots of shelters and they don’t take dogs and it does make it harder anytime there’s an emergency,” Perry said.

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Lois Perry and her Shitzhu Susie have been sleeping in their Buick since being forced out by the floods in Little Falls. (Photo/Steve Sandberg)

Now, loyal 1010 WINS listener Deb Derby, a pet lover from Mahwah, N.J., is offering to put up Perry and Susie in a pet-friendly hotel for as long they need.

“Wow, I’m so overwhelmed, I don’t know what to say,” Perry said. “I’m just so overwhelmed and I really thank you.”

“I thought I’m in a good position where I can help and I’d like to,” Derby said. “You’re not always put in touch with people to make it happen.”

“I have a couple of dogs myself and I wouldn’t be able to leave them if something happened,” Derby added.

Another listener, Sheila Amarnath, is offering to replace Perry’s washed-out hot water heater.

“I thought at least the small thing that I can do can help her,” Amarnath said.

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Peter Mattiace has lived on Wayne’s notoriously flood-prone Fayette Avenue for less than a year. He’s returning to his rented home for the first time since it flooded and walking through the deep water hasn’t been easy.

“It’s strong and there’s stuff floating around you can’t see, hitting you in the legs. I saw a TV go by the other day, a barbecue go by, it’s crazy,” he said.

At least 2,000 homes across New Jersey were evacuated as a result of floods. While many main streets were clear, pockets of severe flooding remained, including in several commercial parking lots.

That was good neither for business nor the patience of homeowners.

“It was 2005, 2007, 2010. How far we going to go? I don’t know,” lamented Wayne resident Rada Pezic.

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Peter Mattiace knows his limit. Asked what he’s going to do differently this year, his answer was: “Leave. I moved in in may. And this is the first and last flood I’m dealing with.”

“And God bless the people who are [flood veterans], because they love their homes,” he added.

The Salvation Army was providing food, water and cleaning kits to residents forced into shelters by the weekend flooding.

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The salvation army is providing food, water and cleaning kits to new jersey residents — forced into shelters this morning by the weekend flooding.
Most are hoping to return to their homes over the next few days  — as floodwaters finally begin to recede.

One Comment

  1. wecare says:

    Bill, you’ve obviously never had to struggle with issues beyond your control. Your the type that gives mankind a bad rep. Thank god for people like Deb Derby and Sheila Amarnath. I wish this world had more people like them. Just imagine how great it would be….people who acutually care about one and other.

  2. Doable, I wrote says:

    That Deb Derby appears to be smokin’ hot. I’d hit it!

    1. ericm says:

      The concept of caring enough to actually help someone…THAT is smokin’ hot. Go DEB!

  3. Bill - Bellport says:

    Why dont the just force people out of these areas? What kind of idiots live somewhere they know is going to flood every year? Cheaper to move.

    1. Michael H. says:

      It’s not cheaper to move if you can’t sell the property you live on. Most of these people are stuck unless the state enacts a program to buy this land from them.

  4. PJ says:

    Yeah- keep cutting property taxes on millionaires and watch your infrastructure crumble. REAL Smart, New Jersey- Christie is EXACLTY the kind of short sighted moron that will kill your State so he and his fat buddies can profit from YOUR suffering- YEAH, KEEP voting for that!

    1. Don't like it? Leave. says:


      I’ll vote for you if you STFU.

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