NJ towns experiencing more frequent flood events as climate gets wetter

BRENDA FLANAGAN / NJTV NEWS – The Passaic River quietly invaded Frank Chillemi’s backyard in Fairfield again as weekend rains pushed the river a foot over flood stage. He’s lived in the location for 51 years.

“Whenever it rains, you’ve got to keep your fingers crossed that it’s not going to be a monsoon,” he said. “When you have a flood, everybody’s up in arms. When the sun comes out the next day, they forget about it.”

“Whenever we have successive rains, or even snow melt, where the water has nowhere to go because the ground is saturated, then it’ll just pond up,” Ralph Iacobelli said …

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