New Jersey Town Under Water Long Before Irene

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(The Grio) — Paterson, N.J. residents say that Hurricane Irene has only added to the city’s list of challenges.  “If I lived on that side of town, I would probably be angry. At the same time, it’s expected they know it’s a flood zone,” said Paterson resident Oronde Haggans. Haggans, a 34-year-old truck driver for a major shipping company, expressed sympathy for those who were directly impacted by the flood.  However, he insisted that the community would be able to move forward. Several Paterson residents reported that when the flood waters recede Hurricane Irene is likely to be remembered as one of many set backs that the resilient community has taken in stride.

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