“Manville’s a very resilient town. But I’m not sure how many more times the people can be devastated like this,” said one resident. Flood victims hard-hit by Tropical Storm Ida piled sodden belongings along the curb and hoped President Biden will promise them federal aid and flood control when he visits their borough on Tuesday.
Most flood-prone Manville residents expected to be inundated by hurricanes Floyd and Irene, in 1999 and 2011 — and they were. But Ida caught them by surprise, dumping 10 inches of rain within a few hours on a town bounded by rivers. Floodwaters swiftly invaded homes that had never flooded before, leaving 500 to 600 people displaced. Amanda Sullivan, a resident who was evacuated in a fire department boat, said what she wants Biden to know is, “We’re starting from zero. So I’d ask the president, number one, we need resources here.”