Lee Flooding; Pennsylvania Evacuations Ordered

By: From the AP
By: From the AP

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) -- New York's governor is warning residents in areas threatened by flooding that it's "going to get worse." Andrew Cuomo says they need to "leave and leave now."

Nearly 100,000 people from New York to Maryland have been ordered to flee the rising Susquehanna River.

The mayor of Wilkes-Barre is telling evacuees to be prepared to be out of their homes for 72 hours. Water levels along much of the river are expected to be at their highest since the flooding from Hurricane Agnes in 1972.

The river broke a flood record in Binghamton, N.Y., and flowed over retaining walls downtown. Emergency responders are scrambling to evacuate people who didn't heed warnings to leave.

The evacuations come as the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee dumps more rain across the Northeast, socking areas still recovering from Hurricane Irene and closing major highways.


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