East Coast flooding continues

The heavy flooding rains continued for much of the East Coast and Mid-Atlantic Monday.

BY HEATHER MOYER | BALTIMORE, Md. | June 27, 2006


The heavy flooding rains continued for much of the East Coast and Mid-Atlantic Monday.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is also watching a tropical area off the coast of North Carolina officials there say could become a tropical depression some time Tuesday. According to a statement from the NHC, even if the depression does not form, showers and thunderstorms accompanied by locally heavy rainfall and strong gusty winds will gradually spread onshore into North Carolina Tuesday and Tuesday evening.

After receiving anywhere from seven inches to 12 inches of rain on Saturday night and Sunday, the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday calls for some continued rain in New York and New England.

In Maryland, some damage assessment teams are in Caroline and Dorchester counties on the Eastern Shore. Towns like Federalsburg, Williamsburg, Hurlock and Galestown all experienced flooding.

Parts of Harford County north of Baltimore are still under a flash flood warning for Tuesday. Officials evacuated camping cabins along one river as the water rose.

The city of Laurel also saw brief voluntary evacuations along the Patuxent River Monday night as officials from the Howard Duckett Dam opened several gates to relieve pressure. Those evacuations are now canceled and one city official said the dam releases have worked thus far. "We are cautiously optimistic," said Carreen Loubek, spokesperson for the City of Laurel.

A stubborn storm system continued dumping large amounts of rain across the region Monday, continuing the traffic snarls. Many state officials say hundreds of roads remain washed out or flooded, and residents should avoid driving or walking through flooded areas.

Government buildings and the subway remained closed in Washington, D.C., Tuesday as workers tried to drain flooded basements and tracks.

No home damage estimates have been released yet, as many officials are waiting until water levels decrease more before entering some areas. So far most states are reporting hundreds of basements flooded with pockets of homes more severely affected.

Numerous rail lines up the eastern corridor also remained out of service Monday afternoon.

Residents in hard-hit Seaford, Del., are attempting to clean up their homes, yet the rain is continuing for them as well.

Emergency workers are also warning residents about falling trees. With the ground so saturated they say even a small gust of wind could bring down huge trees.

National Weather Service forecasters are also warning coastal residents of higher than usual tides for Tuesday, especially along coastal Maryland. Flash flood watches and warnings remain posted for most of the East Coast, including Pennsylvania and upstate New York. Northern Vermont is also under a flood watch.

New England is also receiving rain. Massachusetts' May and June rainfall totals are the highest since 1872 - when record-keeping first began.


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