Monday, Nov 5, 2012 8:00 AM UTC

Inland NJ town reeling from river flooding

Superstorm Sandy

Steve Formica washes a garage bay at Chizzy's Truck and Auto Repairs in the wake of superstorm Sandy on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Little Ferry, N.J. Surprise coastal surge floods caused by the storm battered Little Ferry, Moonachie and some other towns along the Hackensack River in Bergen County _ all areas unaccustomed to flooding. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) (Credit: AP)

LITTLE FERRY, N.J. (AP) — The streets of Little Ferry, a borough about 7 miles from Manhattan, are lined with black trash bags and once-prized possessions destroyed by a swell of water brought by Superstorm Sandy.

Likes the neighboring towns of Carlstadt and Moonachie, also located near the Hackensack River, Little Ferry was devastated Oct. 29 when six dirt berms broke from the pressure of a tidal surge. Officials say the water rose five feet in 45 minutes.

Lola Palmerini says she has lived in Little Ferry for nearly 40 years and has never before had water enter her house. But last week the 79-year-old and her husband had to be rescued by the National Guard.

She says, “It’s a bad dream. I woke up this morning and cried and cried.”