After more than a foot of rain fell in areas of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland, many residents were left asking themselves, "What now?" Tammy Bozarth stands on her sister's porch watching flood waters rise, July 13, 2004, in Lumberton, N.J.
Normally firemen use a hook and ladder to carry out rescues, but in Lumberton, N.J., they took up paddles. These firemen search for people stranded in their homes after floodwaters started to rise, July 13, 2004.
Other areas of New Jersey were in such dire straits that paddles would not suffice. Fran Hines of the Belmar Rescue Squad pilots a hydrofoil boat while looking for stranded residents, July 13, 2004.
Saving Man's Best Friend
Humans were not the only ones affected by the flooding. Jarid C. Miller, of Friendship Hook and Ladder, hands over Kippling, a Norwich Terrier, to Eric L. Schmidt in Reading, Pa., July 13, 2004.
Picking Up The Pieces
Residents hit hardest by the floods have no choice but to collect their scattered belongings and move forward. Andy Littie recovers mechanical equipment from Carmasters auto repair in Lumberton, N.J., July 13, 2004.
With much of northeastern Maryland awash in rain, residents tried to salvage their possessions. Carey N. Crouch stands outside his North East, Md., rental home with his wife, Carey, July 13, 2004, after floodwaters storms forced them to move most of their belongings outside.
Nature's Condemning Wrath
Other Maryland residents worried more about the exterior of their homes than the possessions inside. Bob Emig of the Cecil County, Md., Department of Permits and Inspections stands outside a North East, Md., July 13, 2004. The house was condemned after floodwaters damaged its foundation.
Tough Road Ahead
Once the puddles dry and the floodwaters relinquish, the real work begins. An excavator begins to repair a road in Stowe, Vt., July 13, 2004, that was washed out by a sudden rainstorm. The storm stalled over the Moscow section of town, dropping 4 inches of rain in one hour.