As flood victims continue to clean up after Hurricane Irene and rain from Tropical Storm Lee, there is some good news from federal officials.
Rising rivers flooded roadways in some of the same communities hit hard by Hurricane Irene as several hundred New Jersey residents remained in shelters Friday, waiting for waters from Tropical Storm Lee to recede.
“Something needs to happen. Somebody needs to do something because we’re being ignored for much too long,” Jay Hida said.
At last able to get back to their possessions, many in the Garden State are finding them hopelessly destroyed by the flood.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Gov. Chris Christie’s request for a “major disaster declaration” to help towns and residents recover the costs from March floods.
Cleaning kits were loaded onto an oversized municipal truck in Little Falls to help residents get their lives back.
Many roads in flood-struck areas were expected to remain closed until sometime Monday or even Tuesday.
Rain-swollen waterways in northern New Jersey were slowly receding Sunday after cresting overnight, causing fewer evacuations than expected but still flooding roadways around in the region.
Hundreds of people remained out of their homes Saturday as major flooding continued along the Passaic and Raritan rivers in New Jersey.
Flooded rivers in the Tri-State Area forced road closures and evacuations from New Jersey to Westchester County on Friday, and residents were left waiting to see how bad the damage would be once the rivers crest.
Heavy rains drenched already flood-weary communities in New Jersey on Thursday, forcing thousands of residents to prepare for disaster.
Thousands of residents in flood-prone neighborhoods across New Jersey were bracing themselves for additional rain headed into the area.
Forecasters said between one and three inches of rain could soak the state Thursday and flooding could continue into Friday evening.
A panel has called for a moratorium on new construction in the basin’s flood plains, which span the eastern Highlands region, Pompton Valley and the Watchung Mountains.
Friday morning’s storm caused travel troubles on roads and highways for commuters throughout the tri-state.