Flood victims in Toms River struggle to clean up

Flood waters have gone down in Toms River, but people are still trying to pick up the pieces.News 12 New Jersey spoke with an 80-year-old

TOMS RIVER - Flood waters have gone down in Toms River, but people are still trying to pick up the pieces.

News 12 New Jersey spoke with an 80-year-old woman on Holly Village Lane. Lillian Kraus got 18 inches of water in her home during last week's storm.

"It's awful," she says. "It's so awful. I have to go to my stepdaughter's to stay over there because you can't breathe in the house. It's all moldy."

Her granddaughter, Sandy Cunningham, is trying to get help for her. She says her grandmother does not have flood insurance to repair the damages.

Cunningham believes construction across the street contributed to the problem. The township hired a company to deepen the catch basis there.

Mayor Tom Kelaher says the township is not responsible and calls the flooding "an act of God". He says the eight inches of rain during the storm last week flooded many roadways in Toms River, and not just Holly Village Lane.

The mayor said he is looking for agencies who might be able to help the flood victims.

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