Helmetta residents return to waterlogged homes to inspect damage

Residents in Helmetta are cleaning up following heavy rainfall and flooding from Henri.

News 12 Staff

Aug 23, 2021, 9:55 AM

Updated 975 days ago

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Residents in Helmetta are cleaning up following heavy rainfall and flooding from Henri.
About 200 people in the town were impacted by the storm, with dozens of homes flooded. Officials issued a mandatory evacuation of 73 homes on Sunday.
Residents are being allowed back inside of their homes to assess the damage.
The town sits between the Helmetta Pond and the Manalapan Brook. Heavy rain from Henri caused those bodies of water to spill over onto the streets and homes.
“I’m believing that our main floor stayed dry. The basement is trashed,” says resident Bill Carey. “Furnace, hot water heater, electrical panel down there.”
While the homeowners could go inside of their homes, many won’t be able to stay the night because of a lack of utilities.
PSE&G is replacing gas meters, while JCP&L is pulling out all its meters. It is causing some frustration among those whose electricity was not impacted.
“I had really no water damage, other than some water in the basement, so my utilities were basically untouched,” says Stan Banka. “But they’re coming today and they’re going to disconnect my electricity until I get all of this stuff signed off.”
Township officials told residents that they have to call their homeowners insurance company, hire electricians to inspect the home and then get a construction permit to sign off on the work.
Residents who are displaced by the storm can get food and clothing at the town’s community center or St. Peter’s Church.
The last time a storm like this impacted Helmetta was 10 years ago on Aug. 28, 2011.


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