Residents of Rossmoor adult community still reeling from Henri flood damage

As many New Jersey residents still deal with the aftermath of Ida, there are a handful of people who are still dealing with the fallout from Henri.

News 12 Staff

Sep 29, 2021, 2:21 AM

Updated 1,025 days ago

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As many New Jersey residents still deal with the aftermath of Ida, there are a handful of people who are still dealing with the fallout from Henri.
More than 100 homes were flooded in the Rossmoor Community in Monroe Township. Unlike Ida victims, these residents are not eligible for FEMA assistance.
“We have no idea when we’re going back to the house. Everything I own has been destroyed – everything,” says Roe Kiernan.
Kiernan and her husband John haven’t lived in their Rossmoor home since it was flooded by Henri in mid-August. The couple says that their walls had to be cut up to 4 feet and all of their furniture and appliances were ruined.
New 12 New Jersey was at Rossmoor in the days following Henri. There were 110 homes that were left uninhabitable. Many owners are retired and are on fixed incomes. They don’t have flood insurance because they were told that the area wasn’t a flood zone. And the damage from Henri did not qualify for FEMA aid.
“We haven’t been helped. We are being told nothing. The fear is it could happen again,” Kiernan says.
It has been physically, emotionally and financially draining on the residents. There is some help for the residents. Members of the community and the church are collecting donations, there are some GoFundMes that have been set up and the American Red Cross offered assistance.
The Kiernans are grateful for the help, but with an anticipated $100,000 in bills to repair and replace everything, the couple needs more – more answers and more assurance that something is being done to keep this from happening again.
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