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Residents of flood-prone areas in New Jersey are eagerly watching the storm

MIDDLESEX BOROUGH, NJ – Residents of flood-ravaged areas in New Jersey are watching Rain on Wednesday narrow.

The water level has been raised and the ground is saturated. That’s not a good combination – anyone who lives along a river keep a close eye on the rain.

“We’re on borrowed time right now. This could be the night that house goes down, and ultimately what will be the impact? Will my house be next?’ said resident Ken Beck.

His house is on the edge of a sinking cliff along a creek on Heather Lane in Middlesex Borough. The house next door has been condemned. The soil erodes.

Beck said more rain could eat away at the land behind his house.

“Christine, the last time you were here, we had a conversation on the other side of the caution tape. Another eight feet of property is gone. It’s devastating. Look at the flow of the water, it’s coming straight towards my property,” Beck said.

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He has asked the New Jersey DEP and the federal government for help, he said, but because his properties don’t meet certain guidelines. The state cannot buy him out under the Blue Acres program.

‘You have to hope I don’t lose any more land. There’s not much left. I’m ten feet from the foundation. How much more can I afford each storm? I need help,” Beck said.

Ultimately, we’re going to lose this entire neighborhood,” said former Mayor John Madden.

“Once there’s a flood, it rises and it’s really scary,” said Manville resident Brianna Lohr.

Lohr keeps a close eye on the Millstone River. Floods in January caused sewage to enter her finished basement. She has a pump on standby.

“Very concerned. I’ll continue to refresh the government website to see how deep the water is behind us,” Lohr said.

Her neighborhood is filled with empty lots and elevated houses.

“We’re looking into several sources, like Blue Acres. We’re even looking into potentially having an investor buy this house and put the house on the market soon. We just want to get out of here,” Lohr said.

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Leanna Jones, a storm survivor in Manville who worked with the New Jersey Organizing Project, said she and other residents still have not fully recovered from Hurricane Ida.

“Anytime a large amount of rain is forecast, it causes a tremendous amount of anxiety,” Jones said.

Jones said the government needs to do more.

“We still haven’t improved any of the processes that help people get home and recover from storms,” Jones said.

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