POMPTON LAKES - The people of Pompton Lakes say the flooding in their neighborhood may not be as bad as it is if the state had acted sooner.

Homeowners say that they didn't have flooding issues before the nearby dam was built. The Pompton Lakes Dam was built to control floodwaters, but since it went up in 2005, homeowners downstream say it has only made flooding worse. The gates open automatically when lake levels rise to a certain point. Brian Seminerio, who lives in Pompton Lakes, insists if the North Jersey Water Supply Commission would agree to a gradual, manual release, it would help.

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