POMPTON LAKES - After a study was conducted to examine the effects of the Pompton Lakes dam on flooding, state officials say that the idea that it has increased flooding has been proven false.

Many nearby homeowners have said that the dam has made flooding worse. Officials say they were told the flooding is the result of abnormally heavy rain in the last six years, and not due to design flaws or mismanagement of the dam.Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin says buyouts of hundreds of homes in the worst hit areas should be finished by the end of the year.

The study used a computer model to simulate effects downstream from the operation of the dam. More than five miles of the Ramapo and Pompton rivers were included in the study.