North Jersey Communities Still Struggling Nearly A Year After Irene

Originally posted on CBS New York:

LITTLE FALLS, N.J. (CBSNewYork) - It’s been almost a year now since Tropical Storm Irene left communities around the tri-state region in shambles, and many are still struggling.

WCBS 880′s Marla Diamond: Some People Still Aren’t Home

For all of the floods Little Falls has seen, this was the worst.

Williams Street became part of the Passaic River during Irene and Hans Prell nearly lost his home.

“When we saw you last, you were in hip waders with a row boat,” WCBS 880 reporter Marla Diamond said to him recently.

“It was the most frightening [flooding] I’ve ever been through in my lifetime. The biggest fear I had was when the water started coming into the house,” he said.

Since then the kitchen had to be completely remodeled after the storm caused over $100,000 in damage, covered only in part by his flood insurance.

The rest came from his wife…

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