It was one year ago today that Tropical Storm Irene slammed into the Tri-State Area with incredibly destructive rain and many communities are still not back to normal.
Sandbags are in place in Suffern where the Mahwah River is rising again, inching closer to basements where sump pumps are still warm from last week’s flood.
Overnight rain water joined swollen waterways rushing to the sea. People who have just finished drying out businesses look at places like the brimming Saw Mill River with alarm.
After Hurricane Irene wreaked havoc on New York City’s northern suburbs, getting back to normal continues to be a struggle.
President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in New York after Tropical Storm Irene, freeing up federal recovery funds.