‘This is the worst.’ Warren County residents impacted by landslide await government assistance

Crews were out in White Township for another night working to clear unstable trees and get gushing water under control following a weekend landslide.

Matt Trapani and Naomi Yané

Jul 19, 2023, 2:24 AM

Updated 342 days ago

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Warren County residents hit hardest by a landslide this weekend say that they are desperate and are seeking help.
Crews were out in White Township for another night working to clear unstable trees and get gushing water under control. As the Department of Transportation works on these issues, homeowners say they are facing the challenge of waiting for disaster relief while getting their lives back to normal.
“I’ve lived through a couple of these disasters before, but this is the worst. Definitely the worst,” says homeowner Nancy Dornich.
Dornich lives on Brookside Avenue where the mudslide happened. It stopped right in front of her house. She says Tuesday was the first time since the incident happened that she was able to drive her car off her property. But she says this came with challenges.
“As soon as he moved some debris, the water started diverting to my garage,” Dornich says.
The residents say they must now deal with waiting for disaster relief from the government while cleaning their properties.
“We need to get this stuff away from the house. We need to know directions on or advice on what we can do and how we’re supposed to get the emergency money or FEMA money,” says resident Kathryn Mines.
“It's a big waiting game. You have to be patient but tempers flare sometimes because you get anxious. Everybody needs to get back to work. We need to get back to making a living and this is a total disruption of that,” says Dornich.
Gov. Phil Murphy issued a state of emergency on Sunday and toured the damage on Monday.
Members of the American Red Cross were in town on Tuesday distributing cleaning kits to families.
Route 46 remains closed between Upper Sarepta Road and Ramseyburg Road.


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