HOWELL - Fast and furious floodwaters rose in Howell some eight weeks ago and now, many families are still recovering.

There is still caution tape blocking off homes in Mariners Cove in Monmouth County. Some families shut off gas and power, blocked out windows with wood and abandoned their homes altogether.

Many houses suffered mold damage from the flooding and had to be gutted. Residents say they hope the federal government will provide assistance so they can start over.

There's no word yet on the status of their request for federal grant money to buy out their properties. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R-N.J.) visited some areas a few weeks ago and promised to try and speed the process along.