Days of rain turn into fatal East Coast flooding
Thursday, September 8, 2011
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) -- Days of rainfall from what had been Tropical Storm Lee has inundated a wide portion of Pennsylvania and other northeastern states, pouring into basements and low-lying homes and forcing tens of thousands of people to seek higher ground. At least seven have been left dead.
Much of the damage has been concentrated along the Susquehanna River. In Wilkes-Barre, Pa., the National Weather Service said the river crested above 38 feet Thursday night -- below the top of the levee system.
Lee's impact has been heavily felt in waterlogged Pennsylvania, as authorities closed countless roadways, including some heavily traveled interstates, and evacuation shelters were opened for displaced people.
Similar scenarios have played out in Maryland and New York, but the fading storm's wrath has also been felt from Connecticut to Virginia.