Rainy weather this week has some residents concerned about flooding

Many communities in New Jersey must deal with damaging floods whenever it rains.

Isabel Litterst

Mar 5, 2024, 10:47 PM

Updated 50 days ago

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When heavy rain is in the forecast, some New Jersey communities face serious concerns about flooding.
Ray Charneski works for New Jersey American Water in Manville. He spends most days observing the Raritan River for work and he's watched the river expand over the years.
"The last two storms, it eroded more on the bank," Charneski said. "More of the silt like all of this gravel - it fills in. It fills in. Now, your river is getting wider."
The December storms slammed his neighborhood. He estimates $50,000-$60,000 in repairs to his own home.
In nearby Middlesex Borough, Ken Beck might have to leave his home behind. His property is shrinking as the river takes over. Ken has lost 30 feet of his property due to erosion.
"Every time it rains, we lose more and more land," Beck said. "My wife doesn't look out the window. She's scared to death. Every time it rains, we just hope that we have enough land here and we can still stay."
The erosion is dangerously close to Beck's home, and he is hoping to get help from officials before the erosion takes over completely.


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