Flood of 2004 September 18-21, 2004
My wife and I passed through Easton, 20-30 north, at 8 pm Saturday evening. The bridge there was closed and the city was beginning to flood. We gave up plans to come home along 611 and headed away from the river to return to Frenchtown. When we got back to town, we drove down to the bridge to see how high the river was. Here's what we found at 9 pm Sat, 3 am Sunday, 3 pm Sunday afternoon, then Monday and finally on Tuesday, when I went back into town in search of a missing back porch..
Debris builds up against the bridge piers on Sunday. There's a boat in there, beneath the tree trunks.. with a large motor still attached... and a lost duck decoy, nestled among the branches.
Old Frenchtown Bridge Photos can be seen at the Frenchtown Cafe on Bridge Street.
While Riegelsville's a bit north of us, the chart to the left pretty well reflects conditions at Frenchtown during the flood. The water crested lower here, but our flood stage is lower as well. The curve pretty well describes conditions here...
See Kathleen Connally's photo of the Riegelsville Roebling Bridge as the flood crested Saturday.
Frustration expressed at what some see as a delay in declaring state a federal disaster area.
Saturday, September 25, 2004
By PETER HALLThe Express-Times
Damage in Hunterdon County is estimated at a comparatively minor $884,400, but officials there say they remain hopeful the county will be eligible for aid through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Belvidere Mayor Charles Leigel expressed frustration at the federal government's response to Gov. James E. McGreevey's request for federal aid. He said the delay is especially difficult to understand because President Bush immediately declared a disaster in parts of Pennsylvania.
"My people who are flooded out
look across the river and see a
federally declared disaster area," Leigel said. "My constituents are
frustrated. I'm frustrated. This is crazy."
FEMA spokesman Kevin Galvin said
New Jersey damage assessments are
being reviewed by the agency's staff in Washington, D.C. Galvin said
there is no way to say when FEMA will make a decision.
The worst flooding in Hunterdon
County occurred in Frenchtown and
Lambertville and Holland and Kingwood townships. In those areas, 135
homes were damaged by the flood.
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