US: Flooding evacuations ordered in Pennsylvania, NY

September 9, 2011 01:39

PHILADELPHIA - Relentless rain spawned by the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee caused major flooding in the US East on Thursday, forcing the evacuation of 65,000 people from the northeastern Pennsylvania city of Wilkes-Barre and swamping homes and businesses from Maryland to New England.

Evacuations also were ordered in New York state due to flooding caused by the same drenching weather system that earlier dumped torrents of rain on the Gulf Coast region and tested the flood defenses of New Orleans.

About 20,000 residents of Binghamton, near the Pennsylvania border, were ordered to evacuate, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said. There were more evacuations in Broome, Schenectady and Schoharie counties in New York, authorities said.

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