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Residents In Trenton Wait To Return Home After Recent Flooding And Evacuations

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TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) - Housing inspectors in Trenton are checking every house in the Island section of the city.

Eyewitness News was there as inspectors surveyed the flooding in Katrenia McCormick’s basement.

“My main concern is getting back home so I don’t have to pay any more money to stay at a hotel or motel,” said McCormick.

She’s among about 250 Island residents, according to officials, who are still waiting to go back to their homes. Heavy rain on Thursday morning forced Mayor Tony Mack to order an evacuation. He says the Delaware River reached its highest point at just over 22 feet. Late Friday morning, the river started to recede.

“Which means we can start the transition for residents to get back in,” said Mayor Mack.

Mack stood alongside emergency management officials for a series of meetings to brief displaced residents on what’s next. Island resident Bill Kearney says the briefing was helpful, but he expected better communication from the mayor early on.

“There needs to be some definite communication and back and forth with the residents,” said Kearney.

Mayor Mack said the city has used their resources to do what they could. “I think we’ve done the best we could, especially considering no one was hurt and there were no fatalities.”

Reported by Jericka Duncan, CBS 3