SADDLE BROOK - People that live in Saddle Brook say the nearby Saddle River is a threat to their safety. Flooding after Hurricane Irene was the last straw for many who live nearby.

Those that live in the area insist that the threat will go away if the government helps with a dredging project. The river is currently filled with silt, making it so shallow that geese can stand midstream. Joseph Chroback, 78, says he remembers when the river was deep enough to swim in and flooding wasn't an issue.

Frustrated Saddle Brook Mayor Karen Chamberlain is asking for federal dollars to remove 9 feet of silt. She feels her community's pleas for help are being ignored.

After Hurricane Irene, the Saddle River overflowed its banks, flooding as many as 300 homes within half a mile.