FEMA investigates flood damage in NJ

The flooded streets of a community along the Passaic River are seen in an aerial photo, Sunday, March 13, 2011, in Little Falls, N.J. The river overflowed its banks after a severe storm him the northern New Jersey region. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

March 16, 2011 2:54:21 PM PDT
The residents of New Jersey are fed up with the constant flooding of their homes brought on by heavy storms and, they say, the lack of preventative measures taken by those in charge. FEMA officials spent the day assessing the damage done by the latest storm, a visit that has taken place on many occasions.

Each time the Passaic River overflows, resident and flood victim Bob Dombrowski witnesses FEMA officials observing his neighborhood.

"They've been here four times in the last five years. Fix the problem; don't keep coming and spending money. Just correct the problem," he says.

The problem this time was almost as bad as the flood of 1984.

There was nearly five feet of water that surged into backyards and over a new fence that was put up by Bob's neighbor.

Dombrowski's basement was destroyed with an estimated fifteen thousand dollars worth of damage.

There is a pump station across from Bob's house and it has been working overtime, pumping gallons of water back into the Passaic River.

Although Dombrowski has slept only ten hours since Friday, it is difficult to leave his home of fifty years.

On the other hand, there comes a time when things reach a breaking point.

"I think this is it. I can't take it anymore, and even in the years it doesn't flood, you're waiting for it to come. You see the five day forecast and if there's rain, you panic," he says.