NJ Residents Still Without Power; Gov Promises Action on Flooding

Thursday, Mar 18, 2010  |  Updated 7:30 AM EDT
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 NJ Residents Still Without Power; Gov Promises Action  on Flooding

Barbara Holland

Barbara Holland says her West Deptford, N.J. backyard has turned into a swimming pool. The flood waters are almost 6-feet high and no one is willing to help clean it up.

Utility workers still have their work cut out for them in northern New Jersey days after a nor'easter downed trees and power lines.
    
About 5,800 homes and businesses don't have electricity.
    
Public Service Electric & Gas is working to restore service to about 5,300 customers. Most are in Bergen County. PSE&G said it expects to have almost all of the remaining customers restored by Thursday evening.
    
JCP&L said there were 500 customers without service late Wednesday afternoon, some in areas that were still flooded.

Gov. Chris Christie flew in a helicopter Wednesday to inspect damage caused by floodwaters along the Passaic River Basin.

Christie said there would be a conference call today with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which refurbished the dam, and the state Environmental Protection Department, which operates it.

Initial estimates predict at least half of the estimated 20,000 homes and businesses in the Passaic River flood basin have been damaged. More than 1,200 people have been evacuated.

Mike DeFrancisci, the Mayor of Little Falls, said he spoke with Christie yesterday.  He said the Army Corps of Engineers is working to create a plan but "we can't wait 8-9 years before a shovel hits the dirt."

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