Hundreds of thousands of Northern New Jersey residents have been warned to boil drinking water and to conserve what little water they have after severe flooding destroyed a filtration plant when three rivers overflowed.
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MS Spoilt goods from houses drying on pavement.
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Background: Hundreds of thousands of Northern New Jersey residents have been warned to boil drinking water and to conserve what little water they have after severe flooding destroyed a filtration plant when three rivers overflowed.
The residents, living in three counties adjacent to New York city were advised to take the precautions against possible contamination after the Bound Brook plant was swamped by the 16-foot (5 metres) of the Raritan and Millstone rivers which overflowed after more than six inches of rain had fallen in 24 hours over Friday and Saturday, (26-29 August).
Flooding in the town of Bound Brook destroyed houses and shops and residents found that the only viable way of travelling was by boat. Unless Federal aid is forthcoming, the town's residents will have to cover the cost of the damage themselves--the town is surrounded by water and flood insurance is just too expensive for most of them.
SYNOPSIS: The easiest way to travel down the main street of Bound Brook, New Jersey on Saturday was by boat. Earlier, the water was so deep that a cabin cruiser travelling down this street kept brushing its bottom against the aerials of cars covered by the floods.
Bound Brook is practically surrounded by water, so when one nearby river overflowed on Friday the problem was bad enough. But then water spilled over the dam of a nearby mountain reservoir and tons more poured down into the town. Stores were flooded and merchandise ruined, and several hundred homes were damaged and furniture cluttered the streets.
The floods also shut down a water filtration plant serving several hundred thousand residents and people were warned to boil drinking water to avoid possible contamination and to conserve what little water they had still in their tanks.
About a thousand people were evacuated to a local High School and on Saturday hundreds were still being fed and clothed there. Unless Federal aid is given to the town, many of the residents will have to cover the cost of the damage out of their own pockets. Because of the town's location, flood insurance is just too expensive to invest in.