TOMS RIVER - Toms River residents says nearby construction designed to deepen the catch basin to prevent future flooding is having the opposite effect.

Local residents on Holly Village Lane say homes that never flooded before have been wiped out from the rising waters in recent storms.

"While I am sympathetic, the Township is not liable because it was an act of God," said Mayor Tom Kelaher, who added that engineers gave the construction site a clean bill of health with regard to recent flooding.

Flood victims tell News 12 New Jersey they plan to get a lawyer and prove otherwise.

Flood victims in Toms River struggle to clean up.