Manville, NJ Residents Still Cleaning Up After Hurricane Irene   2 comments

Manville, NJ Residents Still Cleaning Up After Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene leaves record damage, flooding and power outages. This is now the fourth time in 12 years that The Lost Valley section of Manville has suffered major flooding.  Irene was the first hurricane to make landfall in New Jersey since 1903, causing historic levels of devastation.  The rains this last week due to Tropical Storm Lee flooded many streets in Manville again.  The residents of Manville are hoping to go back to some type of normalcy soon!

According to the National Weather Service, the Raritan River at Bound Brook was recorded at 40.7 feet on August 28th, exceeding the area’s flood stage by nearly 13 feet.  It approached the record crest of 42 feet experienced during Floyd, which was supposed to be either the 100 or the 500 year flood!  The Raritan River was at 25.9 feet and rising in neighboring Manville.  It was quickly approaching the record of 27.1 feet.  the Millstone River in nearby Blackwells Mills reached 20.99 feet, one hundredth of an inch from its record of 21 feet.


Hurricane Irene produces massive flooding in Manville

Posted by Andre Malok/The Star-Ledger on Sunday, August 28, 2011 5:45PM

Hurricane Irene has come and gone, but in many parts of New Jersey, destructive flooding remains. While it’s too soon to know cost of the massive storm, property damage and loss in Manville will be massive.  Residents of the small town are not allowed back in their homes immediately. (Video by Andre Malok / The Star-Ledger)




Governor Christie visits flood ravaged Manville

Posted by Andre Malok/The Star-Ledger on Monday, August 29, 2011 9:06PM

Governor Chris Christie toured the flooded streets of Manville, one of the worst hit by Hurricane Irene. (Video by Andre Malok / The Star-Ledger)



Much of Manville is still under water as residents try to return to their homes

Posted by Andre Malok/The Star-Ledger on Monday, August 29, 2011 3:13PM

Flood waters from Hurricane Irene may be receding in Manville, but many roads remain closed along with widespread power outages. Some residents have started the painful task of returning to their homes to assess the damage. (Video by Andre Malok/The Star-Ledger)





Town residents question staying in flood-prone Manville

Posted by Patti Sapone/The Star-Ledger on Thursday, September 1, 2011 7:23PM

Manville residents clean up after the wake of Hurricane Irene. (Video by Patti Sapone / The Star-Ledger)




Manville family returns to their home for the first time since Hurricane Irene

Posted by Andre Malok/The Star-Ledger on Monday, August 29, 2011 11:10PM

The water is receding in flood ravaged Manville. The Burlew family, like many others, are going back to their homes to survey the damage. The basement and most of the first floor has been completely submerged and is ruined. This is the third time in four years that Burlews have had to start over and they are not sure if they will make the repairs and remain in the home. Their hope is that the government will step in and buy out the flood- prone properties and allow them to begin a new life on higher ground. (Video by Andre Malok / The Star-Ledger) 



Besides all of the homeowner’s issues, two people were injured in a gas explosion at a house in Manville. PSE&G workers were out in the Lost Valley section working to restore power when a homeowner called the power company to report that his hot water heater was “sizzling.” A crew headed downstairs at 112 Huff Avenue when the heater exploded in the basement. Ken Otrimski, Director of Emergency Management in Manville, confirmed that two people were injured in the blast, according to WCBS 880. Manville mayor Lillian Zuza said she was told by Township Police that the injured were PSE&G workers. Medevac helicopters responded to the scene and airlifted the two to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. Zuza was unsure of the condition of the homeowner, who was also on the scene at the time of the explosion. Manville was one of the Somerset County towns hardest hit by Hurricane Irene on Sunday. PSE&G haven’t released the condition of any of the injured men Saturday. They’re still investigating the cause.

My heart goes out to anyone in Manville still cleaning up after the toll that Hurricane Irene took on our town.  For many residents the work still ahead of them is huge.  I know that everyone in town hopes that some solution could be found/implemented to tame the damage this flooding causes on the town of Manville (much too often). 


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