His motorcade brought him to a residential area in nearby Wayne that was hit hard by the flooding of the Pompton River, which flows into the Passaic. Both rivers experienced record flood levels after the storm.
“Everybody’s going to be working hard to help you recover,” Obama told one woman as he made his way down Fayette Avenue. Neighbors watched as the president walked past flooded homes, the garage doors open. Piles of water-damaged debris littered the curb.
Joining Obama were Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency; Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; and members of the state’s congressional delegation.
“When disaster strikes, Americans suffer, not Democrats, not independents, not Republicans,” Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One. “Americans suffer, and then we come together and put politics aside to make sure that those Americans get the assistance that they need.”
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