These two grateful Manville families escaped Ida’s wrath, but the anxiety persists
Ken Burlew, seen here with his son, Ethan, 18, describes how they accepted a Blue Acres program buyout to move from the flood-prone Lost Valley section of Manville to another area of town five years ago. They escaped devastating property losses from Tropical Storm Ida. Manville, Sept. 3, 2021

Tropical Storm Ida triggered a sewer backup inside the Burlew family home in Manville Wednesday night. It also appears to have damaged the electrical system of their car after water rushed inside. But Ken Burlew is not complaining. He said he considers himself “blessed.” In 2015, he and his wife, Letty, and three children received a buyout from FEMA for flood-prone homes and escaped the Lost Valley, a neighborhood in the borough they loved but could no longer tolerate. After their house was wrecked by Hurricane Irene in 2011, they lived in a friend’s basement apartment for months while it unde...