President Barack Obama says he will do whatever it takes to help those communities that were flooded, battered and bruised by Irene.
“A lot of people don’t have nothing. Nothing, nothing, nothing,” business owner Manuel Benitez told CBS 2’s Dave Carlin.
The swollen Passaic River has delivered a walloping one-two punch to the town of Wallington, N.J. in the wake of Hurricane Irene.
Residents in Wallington said they received messages Tuesday morning that evacuations would take place. Some people struggled to make sense of flooding and shocked by the pure scale of the damage.
New Jersey rivers busted out of their banks Monday, causing record floods in some places and leaving residents elsewhere frustrated.
“Everything is cleaned out. I never expected to see this many people in here,” one shopper in Waretown said. “I came to pick up a couple things and just got all wrapped up in the hype I guess.”
Authorities believe a body found in the Passaic River this weekend is that of a Paterson man who went missing last month after being released from a northern New Jersey hospital.
As flood-prone areas of New Jersey began drying out Tuesday, angry residents of flooded areas called again on New Jersey’s leaders to do more to keep their roads and homes dry.
Forecasters said minor to moderate flooding will continue along the Passaic River at Pine Brook and Little Falls and the Rockaway River at Boonton until they begin to recede Tuesday.
“The citizens of, in this case, New Jersey, they own the waterfront,” says Hackensack Riverkeeper Bill Sheehan. “People own the waterfront. The people.”
Contractors hit the streets Wednesday in Little Falls to begin accessing the cost of the cleanup. For many families, their pre-damage assessments are the first step in receiving much needed financial aid.
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.