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Tri-State Area Bracing For More Flooding With Rain On The Way

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It’s been a rough week to say the least for those living in the low-lying areas of the Tri-State Area.  They are praying that more rain is not going to make it worse.

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A flash flood watch is in effect for the area through Tuesday afternoon. AccuWeather Meteorologist Carl Erickson said that steadier rain would start moving into the area early Tuesday morning.

1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan Reports From Wallington, N.J.

The rain, which is expected to last though Thursday, could total between 1-2 inches in New York City and up to 2-4 inches in the Hudson Valley. Things will dry out by Friday, Erickson said.

Residents still have plenty of work to do in Wallington following last week’s floods. The last thing they need is any more rain.

“I hope it’s not going to be that much like before,” one man told 1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan.  “We do have a river over here.”

After Hurricane Irene dumped huge amounts of rainfall in the area, many people lost everything to the raging flood waters rising from the Passaic River.

“Pretty much got to take the walls apart and make sure there’s no mold behind them and remove all the insulation and — new insulation, new walls, the whole deal,” another man told Sheridan.

Some residents said the only bright spot to getting more rain was the fact that they have yet to begin rebuilding.

“I haven’t started any of the real work yet, so if it floods again, oh well,” one man said.

Meanwhile, residents in Paterson are still trying to clean up after being submerged under flood water. Robin Stewart and her neighbors are getting nervous.

“We could get flooded again. We’re real concerned about that,” she told CBS 2′s Hazel Sanchez.

Garbage is piling up outside Stewart’s home. Flooding damaged everything in her first floor after Tropical Storm Irene hit. They lost power more than a week ago and they’re worried a week of rain will flood them again and keep them in the dark.

“When everybody else is on their way to recovery, we’re getting flooded again,” Stewart said.

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