Latest Round of Flooding Causing Headaches For NJ Residents

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The sun was out in Wayne, New Jersey but it was definitely no day at the beach.

With well over a foot of water on Ryerson Avenue, residents had to get creative to get home. One woman left her house Wednesday morning with three feet of standing water inside. She had to use an inflatable raft to return.

"I'm just so disgusted," resident Dominick Amoroso told PIX News. "I got flooded again. I got 4 or 5 inches in the house and I just don't know what to do."

Amoroso's problems have been compounded by the latest round of flooding. His 98-year-old mother is being evicted from an assisted living center and with a waterlogged house, he has nowhere to take her.

As the Passaic River approaches its crest, frustrated neighbors tried to look on the bright side. The Nor'easter that struck earlier this month was much worse than this week's rain storm. Still, Robert Degraw, a former Wayne firefighter, says it seems floods are becoming more frequent.

"In '83 and '84 they were bad, but they keep on getting worse. This [flood] is nothing here. This is like a nuisance," he said. "Like two weeks ago we had five- feet of water in this house and it's just crazy. They just keep getting worse and worse and nothing's any better."

Forecasters expect the Passaic River to crest sometime late Wednesday evening. By 5:30 p.m. it was almost two feet above flood stage with water still rising.

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