Waterlogged NJers Start Cleanup After Flood

By Brian Thompson
|  Monday, Mar 14, 2011  |  Updated 5:31 PM EDT
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Flooding in Paterson, NJ on Monday, March 14

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In this aerial photo flooded homes are seen in after the Passaic River, top, overflowed its banks, Sunday, March 13, 2011, in Wayne, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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Mayor of Paterson: Please Do Not Wait This Out

As the Passaic River crests above flood level, the mayor of Paterson, Jeffrey Jones, urges residents to evacuate.

Flooding in Paterson, NJ on Monday, March 14

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The waters have receded but it will be a while before some northern New Jersey communities return to normal after flooding.

Many roads in flood-struck areas are expected to remain closed until sometime Monday or even Tuesday.

Paterson has been hard to get to and get around. Route 20 in both directions was closed, as were several key routes into the city.

At Creating Your Design carpentry shop in Paterson, they've been using wet vacs to get the last of the flood water.

Alex Rivera says the company's operations are essentially halted until at least Wednesday.

Edgar Bonilla, a paraplegic since he was shot in the back at age 16, can't get to his home on a flooded street. He has been rooming with a relative, and needs assistance getting in and out of his nephew's SUV.

"Have to depend on other people to take me out, put me back in," he said.

Up river in Little Falls, Phyllis Serifovic is taking care of her friend, Nancy White, whose home is still waterlogged. Boats are the only way to get around in the area, and sump pumps are working overtime.

"It's hard, but you get through it," White said.

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