Floods swamp thousands

Floodwaters have submerged a huge swath across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast - with some rivers still rising and more storms forecast for Thursday.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | June 29, 2006


Floodwaters have submerged a huge swath across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast - with more storms forecast for Thursday.

For many residents anxious to check on their flood damage, Thursday was a matter of "wait-and-see."

The water has not yet receded in towns like Binghamton, New York. There, Broome County officials reported that the nearby town of Conklin was devastated, and it could take several more days for water to recede there.

Water was still rising in parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, though residents in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., dodged the threat of catastrophic flooding.

In northern Pennsylvania, more than 1,000 people had to be rescued from rooftops or from the second floors of their homes on Wednesday, according to reports from the governor's office. Officials are still watching the Delaware River in southeast Pennsylvania and in New Jersey. That river is expected to crest in the Trenton, N.J., area on Thursday afternoon.

At least 16 people are dead. With rivers still rising, and many roads inaccessible, officials have not been able to even begin damage assessments in many locations.

Homes and roads are swamped across large sections of New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

In Maryland, a flash flood warning was still lingering near the city of Rockville, where officials were still assessing the Lake Needwood Dam, according to the National Weather Service.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) issued a national statement urging people to take their pets when they evacuate. Animals who are turned loose or left behind to fend for themselves are likely to become victims of starvation, predators, contaminated food or water, accidents, or exposure to the elements, according to HSUS.


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