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Rescues Continue as Floods Pound NJ



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    Firefighters in Lincoln Park, N.J., used pontoon boats to rescue several people trapped inside their homes because of widespread flooding.

    In some cases the Ramapo, Passaic and Pompton rivers turned neighborhoods into unwanted waterfront property

    Wayne resident Irene Olech says she's sick of evacuating. It was the same story last March when flooding was five feet deep in some neighborhoods.

    "I couldn't get in three months into the house," says Olech.

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    The flooding also forced several road closures. There was bumper to bumper traffic on the Hamburg Turnpike during the commute home Monday night. Detours on streets like Black Oak Ridge Road were just as bad.

    "The water flying across the street and we knew it was time to go," said one mother of three.

    Many in this area blame the flood gates at the Pompton Lakes Dam for saturating downstream neighborhoods.

    North reports a state review called for an independent evaluation of the gates.

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