Flooding concerns surround Wayne bridge project

Residents along the Passaic River in Wayne are concerned about flooding and the threat of Hurricane Joaquin

Residents along the Passaic River in Wayne are concerned about flooding and the threat of Hurricane Joaquin (9/30/15)

WAYNE - The threat of Hurricane Joaquin potentially making landfall in New Jersey is bringing back bad memories for victims of Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy. As the threat of potential flooding grows, some residents in Passaic County are concerned about a bridge project along the Passaic River.

The West Belt Extension Project is intended to relieve congestion and improve safety in the area. However, the project will also disrupt some of the wetlands in Wayne. Residents of the Finn Mobil Home Park say they fear that a lack of drainage could leave them with flooding worse than Hurricane Irene.

"We're very afraid by having this road come through very close to us," says Bernadette Greatorex, "If they raise the elevation of the ground in any way it could mean significant flooding for us."

Construction is expected to begin next summer, but construction tests could come as soon as this weekend, which does concern residents worried about flooding.

Maya Mallah says she remembers how badly Superstorm Sandy affected the town and worries about the potential of Hurricane Joaquin.

"With Sandy we pretty much lost everything we owned...Many houses were torn down. People left," she says.

Maya and her husband Bryan lived in a hotel for nearly two months after Sandy and she says that she doesn't want to have to go through that again.

Meteorologists say that it is still too early to know exactly where Hurricane Joaquin will land, but warn that people should be prepared for the worst, just in case.

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