Susquehanna recedes in Pa., NY from highest levels

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The flooded Susquehanna River is receding in Pennsylvania and New York, and officials are hoping soon to allow tens of thousands of evacuated residents to return to their homes.

In northeastern Pennsylvania, officials hope to lift an evacuation order Saturday for about 70,000 residents in and around Wilkes-Barre. Luzerne County Commissioner Maryanne Petrilla says the river's level there had dropped to about 32 feet on Saturday morning and was expected to be back within its banks at about 29 feet.

In Binghamton, N.Y., Mayor Matt Ryan says officials are working on modifying evacuation orders affecting certain neigborhoods so that residents whose homes weren't flooded can return Saturday.

The flooding from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee in many areas has been the worst Hurricane Agnes nearly four decades ago.